Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Andy Simpson never expected to be raising his teenage twin sons alone.
Then again, he also never expected to walk into his house and see his wife with another man. In their bed. Or that it wasn’t her first time.
Bitterness threatened to wrap around his heart, darkening every part of his life.
But a brightness he wasn’t even looking for entered their lives and wouldn’t let it take hold.
Christine Jameson knew all about being a single parent. But she was holding a secret. A secret she wasn’t willing to allow anyone to find out. One she’d held tight for years.
But one look at Andy, and she knew that she needed to be honest with him. That he deserved to know he wasn’t alone.
They both needed friendship. Needed someone who understood, who had compassion without judgement.
What they didn’t imagine was for it to become something more.
That they would come to share something they never thought they would experience again.
They didn’t expect for it to… Feel Like Home.
I loved Feels Like Home an emotional and realistic romance that features older characters. This is a second chance at love story that starts off with a jaw dropping surprise and kept me glued to my seat to the very end. While funny at times, due to the teens that are children of the main characters in the story, the sorrow and heartbreak they felt was so vivid that I felt it, too. There are some unexpected surprises that I didn’t see coming and added so much to this already beautiful story.
Andy, the father of twin fourteen year old boys, becomes a single dad almost overnight when he comes home to find his wife, Heather, with another man. He’d suspected her of cheating long before but, since he’d never been confronted by it, he hadn’t wanted to put an end to their marriage, for the sake of the boys. Now single, at 35, he’s bitter and taking it out on the boys and his coworkers. Heather walked away from their marriage without looking back, seemingly without a care, not even for their boys.
When Christine, the owner of his favorite coffee shop and a single mother herself, offers him some advice it resonates with him. Soon he’s back, for more than advice, something she’s a little weary of at first.
“I didn’t realize I was looking for something. I felt content in the life that I was living, and then Andy walked in and shook everything up, everything that I thought I knew.”
Christine, at forty-one, is a widow with an eighteen year old daughter. Her husband died a few years ago after battling cancer. But not all was what it seemed in their perfect marriage and she has a secret she’s kept from her daughter, friends and family. Christine confesses it to Andy, much to her surprise, because he seemed to need to hear it. But she doesn’t reveal everything; there are things she needs to keep to herself, that can only cause more harm than good.
As Andy and Christine grow closer, it’s not just them; their kids are now just as emotionally involved as they are. Unfortunately when secrets and lies are revealed they threaten to destroy the trust and love between them.
I love a dual POV story and this one hit the right notes! Clear your afternoon, and be ready to be swept away, you’ll be happy you did!
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I reach across the cushion and grasp her hand in mine, squeezing once. “I’m sorry you went through that.”
She squeezes my hand once in response. “I’m sorry you’re going through it now.”
“So, want some advice?”
“Eat more lemon pound cake?”
She releases my hand and sits back, giggling, and again I’m hit with how much I love hearing the sound of her laughter. “Well, that, too. I could even say it’s healthy because it’s made with Greek yogurt.”
“You trying to tell me something?” I tease her.
She smiles, a cross between sad and sort of resigned.
“My advice? Be happy.”
“Be happy. I promise you. First of all, it will drive Heather nuts knowing you are moving on without her. But second of all, and this is the most important part of it, you’ll be happy.”
“You make it sound so easy.”
“I’ve had a lot of practice. When Todd was at his sickest, we practiced a lot of happiness. Happiness because we had good days, or we had quiet moments to spend as a family when he could barely get out of bed. Happiness when we were able to celebrate holidays. After he cheated, one of the things we discovered was that we could either give in to the ugly that it brought on, or we could move on. We moved on. And he had to do the same. We both had guilt. Guilt for how we got there. I questioned if I wasn’t giving him what he needed. He questioned everything. I’m not going to lie… it’s hard, and most days you’ll have to dig deep, but you’ll get there. Trust me. The light is always better than the dark.”
I lay my head on the back of the couch and turn to look at her. She’s so gorgeous it almost hurts to look at her. I’ve always thought so, though I would have never done a thing about it. She has always been the mom who turned heads.
“What was he thinking?” I murmur.
“Todd. What was he thinking?”
“When he stepped out.”
She doesn’t respond, just simply smiles before biting her lip and looking away, her long, dark, silky hair falling over her shoulder. She ducks her head and tucks a lock of hair behind her ear.
“I’m sorry,” I tell her, though I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. Almost admitting how gorgeous I think she is? Her husband cheating? Her husband dying? Me laying my shit out for her? All of it, probably.
“I’m sorry Heather’s such an asshole,” she replies with a shrug.
I bark out a laugh. “She is definitely an asshole.”
“She forgot rule number one.”
“Never mind… it was in a book I read.”
“Ahh. Good book?”
“More than good.” She gives me a ghost of a smile and reaches over to grip my hand, squeezing once before letting go. “So, what are you going to do?”
“Honestly? I have no clue. I need to find a place for the boys and me to stay, talk with a lawyer… that part I know for sure. I can’t stay with her. As sad as it sounds, and maybe it’s kind of a little mean, but I think we fell out of love a long time ago. We’ve been hanging on by a thread for years. I’m sure part of it was my fault, but still…”
“It’s no excuse. This has nothing to do with you, Andy. This is all Heather. You’re a great guy. It’s Heather’s loss.”
“I appreciate you saying that.”
“It’s the truth.”
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