Unwanted vows by Beth Rhodes
To safely raise her daughter, Samantha Hollister must join wounded U.S. Army veteran Morgan Lawrence in rediscovering an old love that never truly disappeared.
Samantha Hollister is done relying on other people to take care of—or abuse—her. Her ex-husband is out of the picture now…like her family home, the haven she intended to seek. Her father just sold it to her high-school sweetheart, the man who abandoned her many years ago for the army. The man who still makes her heart flutter. But Samantha has vowed to never be led astray again. She has a daughter.
Despite being injured in action, Morgan Lawrence lives life to the fullest. Each day is a gift, and after five years he is finally one step away from opening a resort for wounded veterans like himself. Unfortunately, a woman stands in his way. And while she has changed, Samantha remains everything he’s ever wanted. Now it’s a matter of helping her see which promises are meant to be broken, and that being strong doesn’t mean one has to fight alone.
Poignant story of survival.
Samantha has survived so much: her mother's death, her father's alcoholism, abusive husband, divorce from a loveless marriage... Yes, she has lots to be sad, bitter, and cautious about. She called herself ornery, and that fits well in every sense of the word. But that is just the circumstances of her past, she now has the chance to build her life anew.
Morgan is a war hero. Everyone looks up to him in the small town, and he deserves it. He is kind, considerate, affectionate, and loving. There's absolutely nothing not to love about Morgan. And the way he is with Olivia, Samantha's daughter, is just swoon worthy, wow!
But when Samantha and Morgan are together, he calms her, brings out the best in her, just like Olivia does as well. Together they are earnest, passionate, and adorable. Morgan smooths away all Samantha's insecurities caused by her past, and she can be herself again, the woman she grew up to be.
I loved the family connections, the togetherness and fellowship. The small town was welcoming and charming.
The story is engaging, alluring, and likable. I found myself cheering for the characters, and wishing for peace and happiness for their lives, very captivating.
~ Four spoons
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Beth Rhodes is a woman, imperfect yet trying—a wife, mother, friend, and lover.
She lives with her army husband and their six children at the base of the mountains in Colorado. She loves the cold, coffee, camping, and sunshine. Her stories are full of life, family, and love. You can find her reading just about any genre of romance, but her favorite books are fast-paced suspense, where life is on the line and love is the only saving grace. She wants a story that makes her heart pound and her pulse race.
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