Lisbeth Marsh put everything on hold to be with her ideal man, even the wish to have a family. But when the dream of everlasting love vanished into thin air, she was faced with the mistakes and prejudices of her choices.
Dane Marsh is a proud man who spent years worshiping the gods of ambition. Toward this single-minded purpose, he sacrificed his happiness and peace of mind. Now that he knows what he's lost, will he have the courage to turn his life around?
With a little meddling from Moonlight Dating's Jeanette Lagrange and a dash of magic, the two embark on the trip of a lifetime to bury the ghosts of the past.
***Part of this story was previously published as "Mr. & Mrs. Foster". Extensively revised, lengthened and edited. Novella length, approx. 18k***
My Review (3 out of 5 Hearts)
After reading the first book in the Moonlight Dating Series, Something to Live For, I was happy to read the next installment. While I do feel that the first book was the better of the two, this one was still a good read, one that was satisfying at the end with just the right mix of romance and plot.
One of my favorite romantic themes is the husband and wife who have lost their way as a couple. As a married woman myself, one who has faced her share of marital turbulence, I always love to see stories about husbands and wives who don't give up, who fight for their marriages and for love. I believe that anything you feel passionately about is worth fighting for, and even though Dane and Lissy in this story had already split up, it was obvious they still cared about each other. Their mixed feelings of love, anger, bitterness and sadness told me that they weren't done with each other yet. When Dane shows up on Lissy's doorstep under the direction of Jeannette laGrange, the owner of Moonlight Dating, I was happy to see that there was still some fight in both of them.
The main problem between the two are Dane's career ambitions which keep them constantly moving from place to place, as well as his childhood ... there are things from his past that have left him scarred and bitter and he doesn't like to talk about it. His wife doesn't even know about them, and it frustrates her that he won't trust her with his hurt. She just knows that if he were to face his past they might just have a chance at making things work again. When Jeannette offers a chance for Lissy to force Dane into confronting his past, Lissy jumps on it and brings Dane face to face with someone who will tell him the truth about his father ... something that will change the way Dane thinks forever.
Natalie's beautiful prose is gripping in this book, just as much as in the first one. I found that her atmospheric descriptions of Italy to be what I came to expect of her after reading her depictions of Malta in the last book. In this regard, the book does not disappoint.
I will say, that I felt this story spent too much time in the characters' heads. I wanted more interaction between Lissy and Dane and way less time spent in their thoughts, exploring their regrets and feelings ,their 'what ifs'. I also felt that the revelation about Dane's past was a bit underwhelming. Perhaps it's because the secret revealed in book 1 was so explosive, I was expecting more of the same here. It made sense but after all the buildup, I was just expecting something a bit more dark, a bit more tragic. I also missed that added element of the Paranormal that was present in the first book. It just wasn't here this time and I think that might be what was missing here. That added magical element of book one took the story to the next level for me last time, and I missed it this time for sure.
Despite those things, I still really enjoyed the story. Lissy and Dane are both relatable, likeable characters who are both flawed in real ways that make them a lot like people we all know. I rooted for them until the end and was pleased with the results. I look forward to more from Natalie G Owens in the future. He writing style and prose alone are reason enough for me to want more. This, I believe is her greatest strength as a writer.
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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