Publication Date: December 29, 2015
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The fateful day Mimi Marcus has dreaded begins with a phone call...
The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.
In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.
New beginnings are only an illusion...
The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.
Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…
Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.
In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.
WOAH! This book is definitely an emotional read and has many twists and turns that will keep you gripping the pages (or your kindle). This is a great debut novel by Cristina Slough, and I am very excited to read more by her in the future. Romance lovers beware though, you don’t exactly get the happily ever after that you so crave with this one. There is also a bit of a love triangle. But please, don’t let this stop you from reading it. There is so much more to the book than these things. Like, true love overcoming lies and deceit, finding happiness when it feels like all hope is lost, and some serious twists that will leave you an emotional wreck! Gahh, it was really good!
This book is about a woman named Mimi whose husband is in the military. When he leaves to go to Afghanistan Mimi is a wreck, rightfully so. Anyone who has a husband or family in the military knows how heartbreaking and scary this can be. Anyway, not too long into their marriage Mimi is given some terrible news- her beloved husband has been captured and killed. Emotional and distraught by this news, Mimi feels like she must go to the home of his brother to find out more about her husband, Joel, and his past. You see, the two are estranged and she needs answers as to why. But upon doing this, Mimi learns of some terrible secrets that could ruin her thoughts of their marriage for good.
Two brothers, one woman, lies, and deceit. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster leaving your breathless in one moment and angry in the next. This is a spectacular debut novel- one that should be read by many. I highly recommend this one!