RITA finalist Ruthie Knox returns with a brand-new eBook original novella, the finale of her delightfully sexy Camelot series!
What an amazing book… I started it last night and just could not put it down until it was finished… There was so much about this story that I could relate to… it was like the author knew how I was feeling and put it into words for me, quite scary that I’ve just turned 35 and the character Amber was the same age… I’m thinking 35 is the mid-life-crisis age for us women
Amber Mazzara is exhausted and lonely. Three young kids and a husband that works more and more for less money has taken a toll on the young housewife. She’s on her way home from Jamaica with her family when she’s given the opportunity to stay there and relax for a few days by herself. Like many married couples who’ve been together a long time, somewhere along the way, they lost their ability to communicate clearly with one another. When Tony arrives home, he’s berated by Amber’s mother for letting her stay in Jamaica alone and he promptly recognizes that he’s in danger of losing his wife. So he heads back to Jamaica and when he spots her in a bar, he sees her sporting a brand new hairdo and talking to an older single gentleman.
His first thought is that she’s cheating on him, but soon enough he sees her send the man on his way. When he approaches Amber, he introduces himself by a different name and she responds in kind. They pretend to be total strangers that are meeting for the first time. Some of the sentiments regarding marriage expressed in the text were extremely raw and heartfelt.
This book is real, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. Because despite how tough marriage is with the day-to-day grime and kids and stress, these are two people who are still in love, although they both have moments of doubt.
I challenge any reader who's been in a long term relationship to not be affected by this book. It's inspiring to watch the two characters work through this tough time and come out stronger in the end. I personally loved what Ruthie did here. Because the reality is that marriage is tough. It's not all romance and flowers and rainbows. It's kids and finances and problems and stress and it's so easy to lose sight of the love and the romance in the midst of all that. This book is a beautiful reminder of that. The fact that all that stress isn't worth it if you lose the things that matter most. It's about refocusing on those you love and not the day to day details that can suck the life and love out of a relationship.
It certainly has me thinking!!!