Sunday, August 12, 2012

SUSAN: BOOK REVIEW - "Within Reach" by Sarah Mayberry

"Being a single dad was never on Michael Young's agenda. Yet with the sudden loss of his wife, that's exactly the role he has. On his best days, he thinks he can handle it. On his worst… Luckily, family friend Angie Bartlett has his back, easily stepping in to help out.

Lately, though, something has changed.

Michael is noticing exactly how gorgeous Angie is, and how single she is. She's constantly in his thoughts and he feels an attraction he never expected. Does he dare disrupt the very good thing they have going? If they have a fling that goes nowhere, he stands to lose everything—including her. But if they make it work, he stands to gain everything!"

What a beautiful, beautiful book...

If you can look past the cheesy cover, I can promise you, it's the only cheesiness you'll find here. This story about Michael (god, I love this man!), a widower, and Angie, his wife's best friend was really lovely. If you don't think too much on anything but on how great the characters were, how real their developing relationship was, how likable from start to finish every part of this book'll find yourself so connected to this pair and so happy to have been there, reading through their lives. No huge dramas. No real suspense. No actual bad guys. Just 2 people trying to figure out life and figure out how their feelings for each other fit into it all. 

Really, really enjoyed it.

In a Nutshell:

Surprisingly "real" for a Harlequin book; nice slower pace; sweet, simple, life-affirming w/ completely likable characters.

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