This book is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and probably laughing and crying at the same time. I have said this before, but Marie truly just has a way of telling a story that draws you in, and never lets you go. Not even when you reach the end of the book……Again, WELL DONE Mrs. Force. This is another wonderful and beautifully written story of the power of love and family. ~ Piper, Guilty Pleasures
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.
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I will start this review off by saying, DAMN YOU Marie Force for making me cry like a big ol’ baby! More than once! I Want To Hold Your Hand is book two in Marie’s new Green Mountain series. As most of you know Marie is one of my go to authors. I fell in LOVE with Marie’s book after reading Maid For Love book one in her McCarthy’s of Gansett Island series. Marie is a wonderful story teller, and I cannot get enough of her books.
Hannah Abbott Guthrie lost her husband Caleb seven years ago in Afghanistan. Life has pretty much been at a standstill for Hannah the last seven years. She has had the love her family, Caleb’s family and her dog Homer to pull her along these last seven years. After a brief encounter with longtime friend Nolan, Hannah begins to realize that she may just be ready to move on with her life. To let go of her past with Caleb and find love again.
Nolan Roberts has been friends with Hannah since childhood. In fact he was one her husband Caleb’s best friends. When Nolan realizes that his feeling for Hannah have moved from friendship to something more he is worried how this will affect his relationship with not only Hannah and her family, but Caleb’s family as well. Nolan has a lot of struggles to overcome. He feels he is not worthy of Hannah because of his past.
Hannah and Nolan’s story is so wonderfully written that you root for them, cry for them, and just want to reach into the pages to hug them. To tell them everything will be alright and work out because they truly belong together. I loved that we got a look into Hannah and Caleb’s relationship through diary entries at the start of each chapter. I liked that even though Caleb was not there physically he was still very present in the story. Caleb may have been a hero, but he was not perfect, and his relationship with Hannah was not perfect. I was glad Marie gave us insight to their relationship without it being an overkill.
For those of you who have read Marie’s Gansett series, she did an outstanding job of telling the story of Jenny Wilks, who lost her fiancé in 9/11, finding her way back to herself and back to love. I never thought I could be more invested emotionally in a character than I was with Jenny, but Marie managed to prove me wrong with Hannah Abbott Guthrie. This book is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and probably laughing and crying at the same time. I have said this before, but Marie truly just has a way of telling a story that draws you in, and never lets you go. Not even when you reach the end of the book.
In I Want To Hold Your Hand, we also get some new information about Colton Abbott, who;s story will be told in book three. And as always I am ready for some more Colton! I can’t wait to see what Elmer and Lincoln will do next, as they meddle in the love lives of the Abbott children. Those guys may be in for some trouble!
Again, WELL DONE Mrs. Force. This is another wonderful and beautifully written story of the power of love and family.