Thursday, October 30, 2014

ARC Review: A Love To Call Her Own by Marilyn Pappano

A Love to Call Her Own by Marilyn Pappano
Tallgrass #3 (need not be read in order!)
Via Publisher


It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.

Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?

Told in a few different points of views, A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN circles around two girls and their guys, the main one being Jessy, as their stories being to unfold about the tragic loss of Lucy and Jessy’s husbands to war and their quest of self-discovery and maybe falling in love along the way. As I said, this is mainly Jessy’s story, but we do have an insight to Lucy’s head as well. These two gold star military wives and their support group called the margarita girls, are left alone with the tragic loss of their husbands. A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN plays with the idea of second chances that come in the form of cowboys (for Jessy) and hot doctors (for Lucy). That’s all I’m going to say about Lucy since this isn’t really her story.

Jessy is overcome by guilt and consumed by her feeling of lack of self-worth. She’s stumbling, rather ungracefully, through life. Or what she has left if it. She feels compelled to keep secrets about her marriage from her friends, drink herself into oblivion and drown her sorrows. She loses her job. When everything has officially hit rock bottom, one night comes to mind as well as the cowboy who filled it. And he hasn’t forgot either. He lost his wife to the war. Dalton Smith gives her a rare breed of hope that she didn’t even know she was craving. Didn’t know that she needed.

He’s a saving grace for her. She’s a saving grace for him.

This was a nice read. It took me longer than books this length usually do just because the undertone of sadness in A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN wasn’t really want I wanted or really expected. I liked to see the unraveling of Dalton and Jessy’s story come to life. Their back stories (which I am so glad were shared) really shaped them into who they are and made them who they are today. The support from the margarita sisters was really actually pretty inspiring. They were no judge people. It was refreshing.

Overall, this was a truly exceptional book, but it just didn’t resonate with me as much as I felt it should have.

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