Sometimes the life you planned isn’t the one you get to
live. Sometimes the pain of the past
overshadows the future. And sometimes to
start over you have to go back to where it all began. That’s how it was for Joe Masters. That’s how he ended up back in New Hope. And that’s why he was in his thirties and had
nothing to show for his life. He needed
a complete overhaul, just like his father’s old house. Instead of a fast track, he had slowed down
and was on a ten year plan. These days
that was more his speed. And as much as
he tried to fight the inevitable, he was learning to accept and surrender.
Martha had weathered her fair share of storms in Vermont, was accustomed
to the cold, both the chill in the air and the cold shoulder in her marriage,
but after the miscarriage she felt like she would never get warm again. So she did the research from the laptop while
sitting in front of the fireplace. She
knew what she needed when she Googled hope, she just never imagined that it
would bring her to New Hope,
South Carolina. She never imagined that her husband would
trick her into leaving and never follow.
She never imagined that a southern storm with all its force and fury
could be so destructive. But after the
storm, the land is washed clean. It’s
perfect for a fresh start, a clean slate, and a new love.
“He threw his hands up in the air. “I give up. You want “to lay
tile?” A smile spread across her face. “Fine. We will lay tile. We will even
lay tile tonight if you’d like. I can’t have you there during the day
distracting the guys. Meet me later.”
She smiled and picked up her phone. “I guess you aren’t as sick
of me as you thought.”
He glanced over and saw Laurel eyeing them. His hot sauce was on
the line. He could feel it. And he wouldn’t be able to even buy a cookie again
if he wasn’t careful. Still, he refused to let her think that he missed her.
“Are you insane? Today was pleasant. It was wonderful. There was no drama. I
was able to go to work and relax for the first time since you came to town. In
a perfect world, I’d have been able to enjoy a nice quiet lunch, too, but
instead…you’re like kudzu!”
“The website?” She asked, confused.
“There’s a website?” He shook his head. “NO, not the website.
Kudzu the plant. Why would I know about a website?”
She shrugged. “Good point. It isn’t porn.”
I absolutely loved this novel. The writing style was catchy, it had me hooked within the first couple of pages. I finished in the same day I started, and to me that's always a good sign. I love that the story wasn't the least bit rushed and didn't carry on for way longer than needed, as some novels tend to do. I especially appreciate the fact that it wasn't oversexed, when I start rolling my eyes and sighing out of exasperation b/c there's yet another furniture breaking sex marathon I tend to lose interest. And yes there is such a thing as being oversexed.
After a heartbreaking miscarriage and the realization that her marriage isn't what she had hoped it to be thanks to her cheating cold hearted husband. Martha decides a move and a fresh start is exactly what she and Blaine (her husband) needs. And what better place to start over then in a town called New Hope, South Carolina. So Martha packs up her stuff and heads off to this new destination to find the perfect home and await her husband's arrival. However, a text message declaring that he's filing for divorce changes her plans. Now she's determined to live her life w/o taking anybody else's orders, and to do what makes her happy. With the help of Joe Masters, a man with a past of his own who she's been warned to stay away from (b/c it can only end badly), she rediscovers herself and begins to live the life she's always wanted/deserved.
I loved the development of Marti's character throughout the story. She starts off kind of weak and eager to please, then slowly starts to develop a back bone and takes back her life. I'm completely drawn into stories that involve starting over and making changes so I really loved this one. Even though Joey is supposed to be a "womanizer" his actions prove otherwise. He's actually just a damaged hopeless romantic slowly falling for the equally damaged Marti. Before they even realize it their friendship turns into so much more. I adored the way they acted around each other, hugging & holding hands w/o giving it a second thought or feeling the need to label what they are. The small town feel of New Hope is so heart warming, I loved each of the supporting characters, especially Keely and Laurel. I can't wait to see where this story goes and what happens with Marti and Joey in the next installment.
Nicki has lived in Charlotte, North
Carolina with her children for the past eleven years
and her husband for the past three years. Her journey has barely begun
and she loves every minute of it. Every day of her life seems to bring
new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than
others. She's still getting used to that new life smell she's
experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness. (The perfect
scents to build a new life on...)
For fun, she spends time with
those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to
travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Two
down! (Eleven to go?)
In addition to writing on Suddenly Single Journey, Nicki is
a contributor for Project Underblog. Her writing can also be
found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo!
Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. And she
has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers.