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The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Don’t they both deserve a second chance?
Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.
Ian and Maleah were an “item” until one fateful night when Maleah chose family gathering over Ian’s call in desperation for her to be with him. That drove a wedge between them and now fifteen years later, the story begins.
Both Ian and Maleah remained single. Recently promoted, Maleah was in charge o the fund-raising programs for Special Needs children. Ian had volunteered for a couple of years. Now after all these years, they not only recognized each other at an event, but were now being, unavoidably, forced to work together. Ian had avoided contacting the love of his life for a few years. He had caused her enough pain and embarrassment. Maleah was uncertain if she even still knew him at all. Could he ever trust him again? If she avoided him, she would never have to face discovering her real feelings.
The story is a very good one. The characters were portrayed well, the scenes easily visualized from familiarity, and had a steady smooth flow throughout most of the book. A few real social problems are addressed. It is also a story of strong family relationships and support, and of dysfunctional homes. It is often uplifting and has a few twists which adds to the drams. I truly enjoyed the quite predictable tale.
The main problems I found was it was to repetitively dragged out and if one is not familiar with the events and background scenes, one would have difficulty in obtaining a “clear view” of the places and events.
Although enjoyable reading, I can only offer three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted to me. I was not asked to offer a positive review. This is my honest review.
Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.
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– Ends June 13th