Time for a book review!
Author: Kristen Ashley
Series: The Magdalena Series, book #2
Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc
Publishing date: 15th of March 2015
Genre: Adult: Romance
Source: Purchased in amazon.com
American heiress Amelia Hathaway needs to start anew.
Her husband cheated on her, and when everything she wanted in life slipped through her fingers, she fell apart. When she did, she took another heart wrenching hit as she lost the respect of her children.
When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene.
Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at Mickey and knows she wants everything from him.
The problem is, she finds out swiftly that he’s friendly, he’s kind, but he doesn’t want everything back.
Amelia struggles to right past wrongs in her life at the same time find out who she wants to be. She also struggles with her attraction to the handsome firefighter who lives across the street.
But Amelia will face a surprise when her friendly neighbor becomes not-so-friendly. As Amelia and Mickey go head to head, Amelia must focus on winning back the hearts of her children.
She soon discovers she also must focus on winning the heart of a handsome firefighter who understands down to his soul the beautiful heiress who lives across the street is used to a life he cannot provide.
Since the first book, I have read by Kristen Ashley, I have been in love with her books. When I saw, that Soaring is out, I got it for my Kindle right away and started reading. What a journey!
Amelia and Mickey's story was beautifully written. It was gripping, emotional and real. I love how the author is writing about people who are in their forties and shows, that the life can be as beautiful for them as when they were younger. I enjoy how she describes the relationships between people who already have kids. I think the way Kristen Ashley describes mature love, is adorable. It can be painful to find the trust again and amend with the past, but she has a great talent of making her stories and characters believable and real.
Amelia is a woman in her mid-forties who is coming to Magdalena to make up for the mistakes she has done in the past. It's a fresh start for her: new house, new people, new friends, new work. She is a heiress of companies worth of millions, but money is not what she needs. She has been humiliated, she has been cheated and the people whom she loved most have been taken away from her - her children. Even being hurt and broken way too many times, she finds a renewed determination to fix the wrongs.
When she meets her neighbor Mickey, she feels attracted to him, but her own situation makes things complicated. Mickey is a firefighter who is raising his children himself because his ex-wife has abandoned them due to alcoholism. Mickey has his own demons to fight, but they connect. Amelia likes his kids and spends some time with the Donovan family while trying to repair her relationship to her own children. Amelia doesn't think her relationship with Mickey will work out due to her past, but step by step they find their way to each other.
Besides the fact, that I enjoyed the plot a lot, I absolutely loved the characters. Amelia's and Mickey's children were adorable! The part of the story which involved the struggles of the children was simply fabulous! I don't know where the author takes this, but her ability to write teenagers and kids is amazing!
Read it, it's a great book about grown-ups getting second chances and changing their lives!