Let me start by saying this is my first book by Teresa Mummert and just WOW!!! I loved this book. This book was beautifully written. Yes I know the title can throw you for a loop, but this book contains NO ACT OF SUICIDE. This story is a perfect example of how something as simple as NOTE can be taking out of context when an imagination runs wild.
This LOVE Story starts from this NOTE:
To whom it may Concern:
If you are reading this I am already gone. I couldn’t live like this anymore. The pain that I keep locked inside is slowly eating away at me. I’m tired. I’m not strong enough to keep all of these these feelings bottled up inside me any longer. I’m Sorry.
I’m just going to say if I found this I would absolutely jump to the conclusions majority of the characters in this book did. Ok I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start from the beginning. This is Jenn and Shane’s story. I loved how the book was told from both of their POV. Jenn and Shane both are two broken people. They share a common ground of BETRYAL. My heart broke for both of them in this book. Jenn has to deal with the fact her ex is marrying her sister, and her family is turning a blind eye to her emotions/feelings. Shane is a military man and is away at war. He thinks he has a fiancé to come home to, but eventually finds out she has left him for another man.
With both of their emotions running in overdrive, Jenn writes a note (that causes a ripple effect in many ways) and Shane flees for Maine to try to get some clarity in his life. While visiting his cousin Jake (Jenn’s boss) at work, Shane meets Jenn. Due to her recent emotional status, it slipped her mind to mail Jakes letter to Shane. So she does the next best thing, hands it to him in person. As this story plays out, Shane discovers a note stuck to his original letter from Jake. The key here is there’s no signature on the NOTE……Yup and let the ripple effect begin.
As this book progresses we see Shane and his family each point the finger thinking the other had written the NOTE. However, it finally dawns on Shane he has heard these similar words spoken before, JENN. Let the Shane/Jenn story continue/begin! Shane makes it his mission to SAVE Jenn, and show her that life is worth living. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in LOVE with her in the process. Through all the good and rocky times shane/jenn shared in this story, they both were scared to completely let the other in. The real test came when Shane was deployed again to war. Would there new budding relationship be able to survive?
The strength Jenn/Shane showed at the end of this book was amazing. They started as two broken/betrayed people and ended up finding strength they never knew they had. The secondary characters in this book I loved. My favorite was Jake and his wife. They had their own issues/story and I loved it as well.
Once again I LOVED this book. The writing was beautiful. I’ll end my Review with some of my favorite quotes from the book…..
“I have always considered myself to be a strong, even when the odds were stacked against me, but I felt like I was only hanging on by a thread. I’d forgotten how two breathe without inhaling the minty smell of his soap. I forgot how to feel without looking into his blue eye. He woke something inside of me that I didn’t even know I had locked away. I loved him.”—Jenn
“You’re the light when my entire world was dark. You gave me a reason to keep going when all I wanted to do was give up.”—Shane
“I will always protect you; Owen Daddy will always have your six.”—Shane (Sigh)
Great Job Mrs. Mummert! I’m looking forward to reading more of your books in the future.
*** I was provided and ARC of this book for an honest review. ***
Expected Publication: 3/15/13
Book Rating: A/5 stars
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