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Sunday, 15 February 2015

A Man to Hold on To by Marilyn Pappano

A Man to Hold on To (A Tallgrass Novel)A Man to Hold on To by Marilyn Pappano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lucky to be be granted this book to read and review for my honest opinion by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) Via Net Galley, I am oh so glad they did as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I had to remember in parts this is fiction though, as I found it hard to see how a women could take in the children from his previous marriages and then one from his affair.

I later understood it as it was Bible based and of course.....forgiveness is the key. I am not knocking that, as I understand many religious people can do these 'noble' things and see it as 'good deeds well done for the benefit of God' and I guess that is what this lovely wife did for her husband [I think the husband got off lightly!!!]

I have definitely put this on my Amish/Christian shelf as there is a lot of talk of 'asking the Lord' and reference to biblical things. Which is fine.

I wouldn't call it a Modern Romance though.

The characteristics of the children were a delight to read, those parts in the book made it for me.

I think one of the things I picked up on was the super fast dating eventhough she didn't want to get involved with anyone . Another thing was that bad assed teenager she was raising, one minute she was hell on legs, then the next as pure as an angel with no explaining how a teen could change so fast?

All in all though I had to give this 4 stars as it kept me entertained all afternoon.

That poor woman loosing her husband in such a way, the love of her life, she is left with his children to raise and the ups and downs with all that entails, and trying not to loose herself in the process. She calls on God several times and her reliance on the almighty to help her through.

So in conclusion, just a few questions left in my head, but its minor compared to how I enjoyed the book and the writing of this author is someone I will definitely be looking at again.

When Therese Matheson's husband, Paul, was killed in Afghanistan, she thought she could hold what was left of their family together. But things have gotten so bad with her stepchildren that she's considering the unthinkable: giving up custody of Paul's kids.
SGT Keegan Logan, a combat medic, knows a little about taking care of someone else's child. Three years ago, his live-in girlfriend gave birth to a daughter, Mariah, who was conceived while Keegan was deployed. Keegan ended the relationship, but when his ex abandons the baby and skips town, little Mariah has no one to care for her but Keegan. 
Keegan knows Mariah's real father: MAJ Paul Matheson. He doesn't know why Paul never manned up and took responsibility, but he's determined to find out. Only instead of finding Paul in Tallgrass, OK, he finds Therese.
Therese is shocked by her attraction to Keegan--and that he seems to feel the same. But how will she react when Keegan reveals that her perfect marriage wasn't so perfect? Will Keegan and Mariah push her fragile family over the edge? Or with Keegan can she finally find a love worth holding onto? (90,000 words)

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