Greg's feet suddenly became very heavy and his head very light as he stood and watched the opening of the bars that had kept him separated from the world .... If not for the knowledge that his sister would be waiting outside to take him home—and that he had two children at home waiting for him—he might have preferred to turn around and ask to stay.
And so begins a new chapter in Greg's life, which includes the daunting tasks of earning the trust and respect of his teen-aged children, finding meaningful employment in a society that doesn't always take kindly to those who have "served time," and daring to believe in love, with its miracles of healing and forgiveness. And Greg has no illusions about conquering these hurdles. However, with the support of a devoted sister and her extended family and the unexpected gift of a uniquely charming and brave woman's love ... it all just might happen.
In this utterly captivating novel, bestselling author Anita Stansfield achieves a satisfying balance of romance, humor, and deep glances into the human heart and soul. It is a story that resonates with emotional truths that will linger long after the last page is turned.
|Published||Covenant Communications Inc. (February 1, 2016)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Unabridged by Ingram|
|Runtime||9 Hrs. 37 Min.|
I came to tears many times. Ms Standfield is such a good writer. She really fleshed out her characters.
This follow-up to Legally and Lawfully Yours, focuses on Shannon's brother, Greg, as he struggles to assimilate back into mainstream life after his years in jail. While he is a changed man, he faces great uncertainty in terms of finding a job, trying to father his children, and deciding what to do with the rest of his life. When he meets Celia, his sister's legal assistant, his world starts looking up, but he's not at all sure that he's got much to offer her. One of the things that I love about Anita Stansfield's books is how real the characters feel, along with their problems. It feels like they could just step right out of the story into the real world. This makes reading her books an emotional journey, and this one is no different.
This book is a spin-off of Legally and Lawfully Yours, but is a stand-alone book. I didn’t read the first one, but that didn’t detract from this one (although it might have added some dimension to the characters if I had). Greg was imprisoned on drug charges and has missed a lot of his children’s lives as he served his time. Now he has just been released and his sister—Shannon—and her husband, Phillip (from book 1) take him in and support him as he gets his feet under him again and makes a good life for himself. This was an intriguing story line—the getting out of prison and how life is afterward for an ex-con. Rough. The romance between Greg and Celia is pretty sweet. They both have lots of insecurities (his with his rough past and her with an emotionally abusive father who always made her feel fat and ugly). Stansfield’s books always take on hard issues that educate me as I read. I liked the characters and plot. She’s a good writer and covers a lot of material in each of her books. This was no different.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.