02 February 2009
I'm going through a bit of a Suzanne Brockmann faze at the moment. Just finished reading 'Embraced by Love' and thought I would share it with you. It was originally published in 1995 but they have recently reissued it and I think it was worth printing again.
One of the things that made this book standout for me was that unlike most romances which are about the hero & heroine meeting and falling in love, this book starts with the characters already married and already in love. It fills in a bit of back story so you get to share the buzz of first love but you also see the life they are living now and the problems they are facing - the biggest of which is that the heroine is a workaholic.
The pivot point of the book comes when the couple finds themselves responsible for two young children. In their already busy lives they struggle to find time for each other, how are they going to fit in two kids.
The story shows a glowing relationship (albeit with problems) take a complete nose dive. You watch and feel deeply for the couple as things start to fall apart for them. In particular my heart really went out to the hero who always felt a secondary priority in the heroine's life and now with the kids....
Anyway I recommend this if you're looking for a romance that is a little different from the norm that has well shaped and sympathetic characters.
Music: Still on Primal Scream
Currently reading: 'Blood Rites' by Jim Butcher
Just started this one - hope it's as good as his others :)
Mood: Looking forward to another short week