After years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child, Gemma Walsh finds her husband in bed with another woman. Unable to face his betrayal, she retreats to Priest Lake where her family owns a small cabin. But Gemma finds that she is not the only one hiding away at the lake to avoid an ugly truth.
Andrew Monroe was once an essential part of Gemma’s life but tragedy and misunderstanding shattered their bond, separating them. Now twenty years later, Gemma questions the coincidence of their newly intersected paths as she struggles to resist the sparks that ignite between them.
Just when Gemma feels that she has found her second chance at happiness, she is faced with a shocking truth as her reality spirals out of control. She can’t deny the powerful force that brought Andrew back into her life anymore than she can defy the same force that now threatens to pull them apart.
An emotionally-charged, heart-rending story that will leave you to question the freedom in truth and the existence of fate in its deepest sense.
My Rating : 3.5 Stars!
I thought I’d give this a shot what with such intriguing blurb and all the beautiful reviews. And it started off to a really good start.
Gemma and her husband Ryan tried unsuccessfully to conceive a child and because of the pressure, they slowly drifted apart. Then one morning, Gemma had to go back home to get a file she mistakenly left behind, when she finds her husband on their bed with another woman. Unable to face her husband and his betrayal, she went and stayed with her mother, who later on suggested she takes a retreat to Priest Lake where her family owns a small cabin. And this is where her story begins….
I questioned some circumstances in the story which leads me to thinking that there was something off. Well, either there was something off or there’s something wrong with the story. But moving forward, I definitely did not expect the hidden twist. Totally took me by surprise.
That said, before it got to that twist, I was questioning Gemma’s actions.. It is so hard to review this book without giving away spoiler. So I’ll just say, in the middle of the book, Gemma’s action failed me.
Here you’ll also meet Andrew or Drew for short. He is Gemma’s childhood friend, her best friend and could have been more. Something happened in the past that drove them apart making Andrew hurt and angry… leaving Gemma heartbroken and broken.
Through Gemma, I got a glimpse of their growing up years, about how Gemma and Drew became friends and fell in love, it made me understand the bond that they have together… So when that thing that broke them apart was revealed, I can’t help but felt sorry for both of them. But that still did not make me wish Gemma to just up and go have an affair with Drew in the middle of reconciling their lost friendship.
I also got a peek of how Gemma and Ryan got together…Their story was perfect or they were perfect together, that is until the pressure of getting pregnant got to them and Ryan betrayed her.
When the story reached that turning point, well, that did took me by surprise. But sure gave me a lot of confusion at first… then doubt. I’m basically screaming “What the hell!” And I mean surprised in a way a good book do.
I liked the set up of the story… and this is definitely well written… but emotionally I wasn’t as gutted as I wished to be. But I did feel bad for how things turned out. It might just be cause I wasn’t falling for the Drew and Gemma SORT OF affair. Now now, big emphasis on the “sort of.”
All in all, I think it’s a beautiful well written story… and I would be looking forward to reading more of Ms. L.D. Cedergreen books.