Friday, September 30, 2016
2016, 420p, Clean Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy via eBooks for Review for an honest review
Cassandra Webb’s every waking minute is devoted to being a great mother and wife. She takes five-year-old Noah to the library each week, volunteers in his kindergarten class, and even coaches his soccer team. She makes sure her husband’s uniforms are always laundered—even though he hasn’t worn them the last six years—always has his game day snacks on hand, and meets him for date night every Friday—which consists of one sided conversations at his bedside and watching his favorite take out remain untouched.
Pearl, a mysterious visitor at the care center, suggests that it is only Cassie’s love still tying Devon to Earth when he has been ready to move onto Heaven for quite some time. If Cassie will but open her eyes and heart, she will discover the path she should travel, one that will bring relief to Devon and much joy to her own life. But Cassie vowed never to give up on him. She never has and she can’t now, even after meeting hapless, single soccer-dad Matt.
This is another fantastic installment in the Matchmaker series! Six years ago, Cassie's husband, Devon, was shot and has been in a vegetative state ever since. Soon after that, she found out she was pregnant so has been raising Noah on her own. She diligently visits Devon each week, hoping that he will finally come back to her. Cassie coaches Noah's soccer team and meets Matt through his son. Matt is a single dad who is overwhelmed with raising two sons. Cassie and Matt become friends, which is tricky at times since they are attracted to each other but she is technically still married.
I enjoyed their story! It alternates between the two of them so we get more of an insight into each of them and what they're going through. Cassie has put her life on hold and has stopped living in some ways so it was good to see her come back to life. Matt realizes what kind of husband and father he was in the past and has already made drastic changes but is committed to doing better in the future.
Miss Pearl plays a significant part in this story as she guides Cassie along in making some difficult decisions. Cassie doesn't necessarily like what she hears from Miss Pearl and has to do some soul searching. It's a tough situation, which made me think about what I would do in her shoes. I loved the pacing of the book--it takes place over the course of a year so it felt like a realistic time table for everything that happened.
There were some great characters to get to know in this story, especially the boys. They helped lighten things up. This is a heavier topic to take on and I thought the author did a great job. I felt a range of emotions while reading it and definitely felt happy at the end!
Posted by Melanie Valderrama at 4:00 AM