I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
Green Mountain Romance #2
Penguin/Berkley June 3, 2014
Mass Market Paperback/E-Book/Audio
Galley Provided by Publisher via NetGalley. No Remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted.
Title in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India = LET ME HOLD YOUR HAND
For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home. But it isn’t until they open themselves up to love that they’ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be .
Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.
Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart. (MarieForce.com)
I really loved the first book in this series; it was so perfectly idyllic, so “Vermont,” so fabulously sexy, and the family was so cool I wanted to wrap them up and adopt them. This book is great too, but with an entirely different tone and not as much introduction to the family — that would be a pain, and boring, to repeat in each story right?
This was about Hannah, to whom we were introduced in book one, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Hannah is 35 and lost her larger than life husband in Iraq seven years ago. Caleb was the guy everyone wanted to be friends with and was very charismatic. The character and the affection other characters felt for him would be obnoxious if his flaws were not also voiced. When he died, he left Hannah his grandmother’s his huge, old Victorian house. And he left his dog, Homer.
Nolan was also in the last book, and he was a very close friend of Hannah and her family, and of Caleb and his. This is a small town so everyone knows everything about everyone, or, maybe not. Nolan is pretty secretive about his family because it’s not terribly nice where Cabot’s and Hannah’s are both completely fab. But, he’s held this part of his life secret. No one knows about it except the eccentric backwoods character who works for him, and it keeps distance between him and everyone. He has a hard time accepting that anyone would love him knowing about his family. Of course, the people who really love you may find your family challenging but they will still love you or aren’t worth it.
I imagine Hannah’s side of the story will resonate for anyone who has lost a spouse, it’s the issue of coming to grips with putting her late husband to rest, and moving on. There are a variety of ways this happens, and the normal obstacles too. Every page in the book moves the story. And, Marie also does varying degrees of set up for the future books in the series.
This is a great story with lots of lovely romance and a good amount of steam, but it is also a tearjerker from start to finish; more cathartically than depressingly. Sometimes you want that kind of emotionally touching tale. I would only caution someone who had suffered a recent loss of family or pet from going into the story without being aware that it may be upsetting or too close to the surface. I really cried the whole time I read the book. and ended up with a ball of used tissues. I thought of taking a photo of them to show that but, Ew!
It isn’t that Marie doesn’t do a good job making that emotional content accessible, it’s that she got it spot on. If you have suffered a recent loss and feel fragile you may want to read a different book right now and Marie has quite a few out. If you don’t mind a few tears or seek catharsis then you might want to pre-order.
The current edition comes with a very nice short story about the couple as well!