Sep 21, 2012

"Within Reach" by Sarah Mayberry (ARC)

Title: Within Reach

Author: Sarah Mayberry

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: Harlequin SuperRomance

Publication date: August 7th, 2012

ISBN: 9780373717958

(Book read from an e-copy acquired through NetGalley from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.) 

My rating: 4 of 5 


Something more than friendship...

Being a single dad was never on Michael Young’s agenda. Yet with the sudden loss of his wife, that’s exactly the role he has. On his best days, he thinks he can handle it. On his worst… Luckily, family friend Angie Bartlett has his back, easily stepping in to help out. 

Lately, though, something has changed...

Michael is noticing exactly how gorgeous Angie is, and how single she is. She’s constantly in his thoughts and he feels an attraction he never expected. Does he dare disrupt the very good thing they have going? If they have a fling that goes nowhere, he stands to lose everything—including her. But if they make it work, he stands to gain everything!


My Thoughts on the Book:

This definitely wasn't the first book by Sarah Mayberry I've read.  I'm actually a fan of her books, and when I saw her new book on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it, so I can read it as soon as I can.

So, what did I thought about this book? It was really, really good, and I enjoyed it a lot, although it was quite heartbreaking & sad, too. Yeah, I got tears in my eyes quite often while reading this book, but even with that, it was quite a fast read. It was really heartbreaking watching how Michael & Angie coped with their loss, and how through it all they develop a close friendship, that starts to turn into something more.
Sarah Mayberry has written a wonderful story about losing a loved one, and going on with your life after something like that. With her words she'll wrap you up in the story & get you really connected with the characters & their emotional journey. 
Saying all that, this isn't a too emotional read.  It's just the perfect dose of it, and it fits the story perfectly, and I could understand both Angie & Michael, and I really liked them as characters, and of course I was hoping & cheering for their happy ending.

Also, the romance isn't quite the main story, it's more like a secondary story, I think the main one is coping with the loss of a loved one, being a friend or  a spouse, and as I've said above, I think the author has done a wonderful job at portraying that... 

So, if you enjoy contemporary books, I highly recommend Within Reach.  Also, as a fan of Sarah Mayberry, I also highly recommend her other books, too.    



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