Small moments can seem insignificant until they change the course of a life forever. The sound of a bulldozer. A chance meeting at a gas station. A gust of wind through a chime. Benign events become something more when viewed through the lens of fate.
Emma Santori is a prisoner of tragic memories. Locked in a spiral of depression, she leads a desolate and empty life, trapped in her decrepit home. Rooted in routine, she’s numb and vacant. As a lonely Catholic school teacher, her only joy comes from her young students. One Saturday morning, her isolation is infiltrated by a mysterious architect building a home beside hers.
That man is Eric Wilder and he’s keeping a secret—a secret that’s destroying his life. Filled with guilt and self-loathing, he’s forced to move often. He chooses the small northeastern town of Pine Lake as his latest refuge, and hopes to make a successful attempt at starting his life over. As always, he’s unable to make that happen.
That all changes when he meets Emma.
She finds herself drawn to Eric when she accidentally bumps into him, but Eric’s unfazed by their first meeting. When a gust of wind brings these two people together once again, Emma discovers Eric’s secret. She’s forced to battle between her Catholic faith and her desire for this stranger.
Their attraction is intense and they soon discover they’re each lonely and longing for what the other has to offer. As their friendship blossoms, Emma realizes her passion and lust for Eric are the remedy to her depression. Eric discovers his feelings for Emma are the only antidote to his secret burden.
They begin an erotic journey, which leads these beautifully broken people to discover that love can be both righteous and wicked.
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This is another read recommended to my by my book bestie. I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.
I wasn’t sure what to think of this book. I honestly had some trouble deciding on what to rate it. This book was written in a different way than I am used to. I felt like it was written as if it were a sweet romance. It was sweet, but there were also a lot of not so sweet moments. I found myself vacillating between rating it three or four since I don’t do half stars. I decided on four because I did enjoy this story and the characters in it. I would rather round-up.
Emma is fighting her past and Eric is fighting himself. How Eric is with Emma makes me think of the scene in As Good As It Gets when they are at dinner. On the outside you would think there are no two people more wrong for each other. No matter what their inner demons are, they are both good people who deserve happiness. The problem is them realizing that themselves.
Emma has good friends that look out for her and she needs that. I don’t agree with what is said when she goes to confession but we won’t get into religion in this post.
Overall, I think this was a good story and I would recommend it.
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Introducing April Emerson
April Emerson grew up in rural upstate New York, and moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in Literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people-watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book, with a glass of wine.