I just love this book. I’m not exactly sure what takes it from good to one of my favourites. I’ve read army books, I’ve read book with big families, foster kids, second chance loves and unplanned pregnancies. I’ve ready books that are turn enemies to lovers, friends to family and kids into adults. But this book just stands out for me…enough that I’ve read it 5 times.
“I’d pushed her aside for so long that there was no foundation to build on. Just a mess of shattered pieces that I’d crushed with a sledgehammer every time she’d grown closer than I was comfortable with.”
I love how it’s not insta-love, how they have to work to even become friends again let alone in love. I love that Katie’s bond with the children is wrought over years of being their second mum. Katie was moved in and out depending on Shane’s life and that makes this story so meaningful to me, that she was treated like shit by Shane and used by Rachel but still remained a happy, loving friend and mother to those kids. I even loved how Rachel despite her flaws was not trashed by Shane, but how he came to realise that though he loved her, it was always Katie who was his soul mate.
“Sometimes I think I would have always found my way back to you.”
I love how Katie hates Shane when he takes away her kids, and how she comes back to care for him but still takes time to forgive and trust him.
I just love it. I will probably read it again in another six months.
“For the past couple of nights when I’d lain down beside her, after she’d called asleep and I knew she couldn’t hear me, I’d promised her that she’d never have to forgive me again if she could do it one last time.”