Published by Melanie Harlow on October 10, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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It was like seeing a ghost.
When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.
But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and loneliness like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.
We make excuses. We blame our sorrow. We promise each other it will never happen again.
But it does.
And when our secret threatens to destroy his family and my reputation, we’ll have to decide what’s more important—loyalty or love?
What would you do when you’re faced with the twin brother of your deceased husband? The man that looks very much like your dead husband, but is yet completely different? That’s the case in Melanie Harlow’s latest book From This Moment. It tells the story of Hannah and Wes, who both are still dealing with Drew’s passing, but also with their growing feelings for each other.
“It felt like trust, and it had made me want to wrap my arms around her and hold her tight, tell her I missed him too, but everything would be okay. But I hadn’t. I couldn’t. She wasn’t mine to touch that way—she never had been.”
It has been eighteen months since Drew’s sudden death, and Hannah is still grieving. Yes, she’s trying to live a normal life for their young daughter, but inside she’s broken. Seeing Drew’s twin brother for the first time since the funeral guts her, the men look so much alike. Wes has always been the shyer one of the twins. Hannah has always meant much more to him then he let her believe, seeing her build a life with his brother was painful. Now he’s back in town, he and Hannah pick up their friendship, and slowly it starts to become so much more.
“Wrapped my arms around his head and held him close like he was mine, like I was his, like we were in love and love would keep us safe. But it wouldn’t. Love was never safe.”
From This Moment is a standalone book, and is told in a double POV. Throughout the story there is some background information, but mostly it’s told in ‘the now’. We see Hannah and Wes wrestling; with their feelings, with their grief for a lost life and with the reactions of other people. From This Moment is emotional and well written, telling a story of finding new love.
I can’t imagine what Hannah is going through. Well, I can (stupid vivid imagination), but I don’t want to go there. Losing the person, you planned on building a life with is devastating. My heart breaks for Hannah, she’s trying to go on, but people don’t make it easy for her. Wes might look like Drew, but he’s the gentler, more sensitive one. And despite the past, he and Hannah belong together. My only issue with the book is that some people went ‘unpunished’. My inner drama queen wanted to make them pay for what they did. But that’s not who Hannah and Wes are, they are kind and forgiving people.
“I love you.” “I love you, too.” I drifted off to sleep wrapped in his arms, surrounded by his love, swept away by my hopes and dreams. Eternity was real, and it belonged to us.”
I love From This Moment, I give it 4.5 stars.