This book checks all of my boxes: Well-drawn passionate characters, intelligent writing, American history brought to life ---- paired with a sup..Show More »erb narration that breathes life into it all !!! Overall effect is a breathtaking journey into the evolution of true love, family, and adaptation to the travails of real life.
In this sweeping novel, a weary "accidental" soldier returns home to his beloved family in the Post-Civil War North, and struggles to come to terms with his past, his present, and his future. His return causes ripples in the lives of all who love him, as he tries to fit back into this family, that has also adapted to changes during his absence.
I typically read over over 200 books per year, and while I will usually rate them, I rarely feel compelled to write a review. This book , however, is an extraordinary experience which is not to be missed. The author pens the human experience of personal growth with such skill, that the characters seem real. I feel that this novel could be a classic. You will care so much about the characters, that it becomes unputdownable ! Truly 5 stars and more. Well Worth your time and credit !!!
For those who've read my reviews before you know I love series books that continue on with the characters from the previous books. Because this serie..Show More »s is about a family this really adds so much depth to the stories and the characters seem more dimensional. Of course, the addition of new characters amplifies the likability of the series.
"The Longing" is about Kyle's journey and tells not only how he deals with the heartbreak from the first book but how he discovers that love can evolve despite bad circumstances. Amelia has her own set of insecurities which, when combined with Kyle's, makes this story a true to life challenge.
I find this series endearing because it's basically about a good old-fashioned family. The author writes strong rugged men who aren't perfect but are wiling to change. They don't back down when the going gets tough. It is a an emotional story filled with friendship, caring, desperation, love, hope, and trust.
Although I think these books could stand alone, I would advise reading these books in order of the series. I think the reader would lose too much character personality and the story comprehension would fall a bit flat.
If you enjoy beautifully written detailed family stories with a sweet, unforced romance....then this is for you! I recommend this series.
This is such a wonderful series!. This book highlighted the romance between Boyd and Claire with the backdrop of alcoholism and spousal abuse. As wi..Show More »th the other books, the author beautifully featured family honor, loyalty, integrity and wit along with a well written engaging story. It is delightfully sweet, romantic, and the ending was perfect! All the characters have great personalities......even the charming "Sailor" the dog! Also, the narrator does a great job with this series too.
Such a delight!! If you love sweet, romantic, chivalrous stories with wit then don't miss out on this one!
This addition to the series was Duke's story. Duke is the sheriff of the town and the last of the Grayson brothers to get married. He meets Faith wh..Show More »en she moves into town with her aunts, little brother, and daughter. Their love develops but Faith's past begins to overshadow their future together.
This story (as well as the whole series) has so many poignant moments between the couples and the family members. They are rich stories filled with good old fashioned romances....nothing fancy.....just wonderfully written stories of love, honor, passion, laughter, justice and forgiveness. These rugged Grayson men are not afraid to meet a challenge and definitely aren't afraid to admit when they are wrong. This whole series takes takes you back to when men were gentlemen and chivalry was alive.