At high school in Steep Hill, Kansas, Cassie O’Malley and Josh MacBride were the poster couple for quarterback/cheerleader romance until they starred in their own tale of teen pregnancy. No need to say: their shotgun wedding was low-key. But when there was no baby anymore, they went their separate ways.
Five years later, Josh has breezed through Georgetown and is about to finish his post-grad degree at Oxford University. He is set to join a lobbying group on Capitol Hill, owned by his new fiancée’s father. For Josh, the sky is now the limit… only he must first take care of a tiny legal matter: technically, he’s still married to the girl who broke his heart.
Meanwhile, Cassie has been waiting tables in Steep Hill to pay for her sick grandmother’s care. On the day of the old lady’s funeral, Cassie is served with two sets of papers. Josh is asking for a divorce. Her heart squeezes, but, well, he moved on a long time ago. But the second envelope shakes Cassie to the core. So, for the first time, she leaves Kansas and heads to good ol’ England.
There, Cassie finds that Josh has not just “moved on,” he’s freakin’ engaged to some blue-blooded heiress. The feelings Cassie had buried deep rush back to her. But no matter if he keeps thrusting the divorce papers under her nose, she needs him to save the only person she loves more than Josh, more than life itself…
I loved the premise of this book. High school sweethearts separated by a horrible lie find themselves face to face after five years. What would Josh say when he discovered that everything he believed Cassie had done was a lie?
Cassie O’Malley and Josh McBride at one time thought they had it all, but Cassie became pregnant and they married, Cassie and Josh both discover that even when they think they have it all, it can be taken away by a lie. So they went their separate ways, Josh to Georgetown and Cassie a few towns away to hide until it was safe to come back to Steep Hill. But life as they know it changes when Cassie receives two documents on the day of her grandmother’s funeral: divorce papers from Josh and a note telling her that her secret needs her. Those two documents for Cassie to spend her last few dollars and hop a plane to England and to Josh.
Cassie had a lot of guts. She knew she was going to be hated by Josh because of what she had done, but she did it because she didn’t want anyone to grow up the way she did. It hurt her to know that Josh had moved on when she hadn’t, but she wasn’t willing to back down from him until he agreed to help her. It took a lot of courage, especially when she still had very strong feelings for Josh and gave up everything to make sure he had the life he had dreamed of.
It took me a bit to warm up to Josh. Seeing Cassie and understanding that everything he had been told was a lie was hard on him. And I could understand his hostility to Cassie, but it bugged me at how easily he let her go when he finally understood what drove Cassie to do what she did. I wanted him to fight harder for her, not let her push him away. In the end, he did do that, but it seemed to take him a bit too long to start fighting for her.
All in all, this was a nice read that gave us a happily ever after that this couple finally deserved. I just wish the “villians” of the story, and there were a few, were brought to justice (and a drunken beat down is not justice).
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They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job.
But deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain).
That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity.
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