(from the author's web site)
"Macy Lockhart's life shattered in a moment with the news that her husband, Finn--serving in the military overseas--has been killed in the line of duty. Their ardent and devoted marriage is over, leaving Macy alone and directionless. But while she tries to sustain herself with memories of Finn, the quiet, strong man who made her and their small Texas ranch the center of his life, it is wealthy Wyatt Clark who slowly brings joy back into her life. Her love for Wyatt may be less romantic than the breathless passion she'd once shared with Finn, but she vows to cherish him, and their marriage is happy and solid as a rock. Until the day that Finn, miraculously spared from death, returns home to claim his bride...
How can a woman choose between the two men she loves? And how will she make the right choice--for herself and everyone involved? "
London really knows how to portray her characters' feelings. This is one passionate, emotional roller-coaster of a romance book. I got caught up in Macy's story right from the beginning. Her anguish in making a decision is so evident and well written. There is also a serious side to Finn's story. As a returning vet he is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome. This is not a huge element of the book but it does give an authentic voice to Finn's character. The one thing that kept him going while he was imprisoned was the thought that Macy was waiting back in Texas. His heartbreak at her indecisiveness is almost palpable. So much heart-ache!At the end of the book you will find a readers group guide, a conversation with Julia and an excerpt from her book, A Courtesan's Scandal. Summer of Two Wishes is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I gave it a 4**** rating. About the author: (from the back cover) Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous romantic novels, including the Scandalous series: The Book of Scandal, Highland Scandal, and A courtesan's Scandal; The Desperate Debutantes Trilogy: The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount, The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, and the Hazards of Hunting a Duke; and the Lockhart family trilogy: Highlander Unbound ( a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for best historical romance), Highlander in Disguise, and Higlander in Love (also a finalist for the RITA Award). She is also the author of Guiding Light: Jonathon's Story, the NY Times bestsellingnovel based on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama Guiding Light. A native Texan, Julia lives in Austin. Visit Julia at her website here to read an excerpt of Summer of Two Wishes. She has a contest there you can enter for some delightful gifts.
Since the book Summer of Two Wishes debuts today, I am giving away my gently read copy to a much appreciated follower ( US and Canada only this time) who comments what you would do if you were in the same situation as Julia: stay married to your second husband or go back to your first husband and the reason why.Winner will be selected by random.org. Deadline to enter is 5 PM August 23rd. Just a quickie little contest, so enter now and be sure to leave e- mail contact info. Thanks for visiting and good luck!
A big thank you to Sarah at Pocket books for a review copy.
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