Series: Fostering Love #1
Published: June 7th 2016 by Forever
Synopsis: What do you do when your soul mate marries your best friend? If you’re Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane’s in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes. After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel’s death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret. Shane’s been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too – for sleeping with his wife’s best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate’s ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer. Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate’s only choice is to fight for the future she deserves – with or without Shane. . .
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An author I like. Check!
An eye-catching cover. Check!
An inviting and expressive blurb. Check!
What else do I need? Nothing really. It is interesting how the title itself tells a lot about the story. Because honestly after reading just the blurb my heart already broke for Kate just like the title suggests.
The story isn’t the best in regards of the behavior it illustrate. A lot of things happened in it I normally wouldn’t condone especially not in real life. But the whole plot is so emotionally charged and perfectly structured that the negative content is easily overlookable. At least it was for me.
The main character is Kate who is already in a hard and heartbreaking place in the beginning, watching her best friend live the life she imagined for herself with the man she loves. However she is a really kind hearted and good friend so endures the pain and stays to help out Rachel with her family. In my opinion Rachel is quite selfish friend and constantly takes advantages of Kate kindliness. She is a weak person and instead of talking to her husband about her fears and real emotions, she lives a ‘double’ life. Then something happens and their lives turn upside down.
Enter Shane who frankly knows nothing about how things work when he is deployed. He doesn’t realize how much Kate helps this short sightedness of his later causes a lot of trouble. He is a true alpha male with a concrete idea of how his life going to turn out. He blindly loves his family but his work is similarly important to him. He spends so much time away from his wife that he honestly doesn’t know the real Rachel. However his loyalty toward her is causes him to act like a class one a**hole. It’s hard to like him because he constantly and deliberately hurts Kate and just simply acts disgustingly.
But the strongest point in this book is the way the emotions are conveyed. The heartbreak practically seeps out of the pages, I could feel Kate pain. Absolutely loved it. Another bright point is the little ones presence. They are so cute and each one of them is a completely different personality. They are the glue of the story. It is impossible not to love them.
Overall it’s a beautiful and heart wrenching story recommended to everybody who is ready to go through an emotional wringer. I’m also curious about the next book.
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