REVIEW – FROM THIS MOMENT by Melanie Harlow

SYNOPSIS

It was like seeing a ghost.

When my late husband’s twin brother moves back to our small town, I want to avoid him. Everything about Wes reminds me of the man I lost and the life we’d planned together, and after eighteen long months struggling just to get out of bed, I’m finally doing okay. I have a new job, an amazing support group, and a beautiful five-year-old daughter to parent. I don’t want to go backward.

But I’m drawn to him, too. He understands my grief and anger and guilt like no one else—and I understand his. Before long, that understanding becomes desire, and that desire becomes uncontrollable.

He says he doesn’t care what people think, and love can never be wrong. But life has taught me its cruelest lesson–love doesn’t always win.

If only my heart would believe it.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE LOVE WINS EVERY TIME STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”I knew the moment I saw you that you were the one. The one I’d always love. The one I’d always dream about. The one I’d always wish was mine.” 

 

 

Up until I read ”FROM THIS MOMENT”, I had considered Melanie Harlow to be a pretty decent author. I’ve read a few of her books and really enjoyed them but this latest one completely captured my heart. This author has proven she belongs on my coveted favorite authors shelf. This story has a beautiful Hero, a Heroine that you will easily empathize with, and what bonds the two together is their devastating loss. Get ready to have your heart broken over and over. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy for the tears you will be shedding over this captivating love story.

Hannah Parks has been grieving over the unexpected death of her husband for nearly three years. She spends most of her time caring for her adorable six-year-old daughter Abby and working part-time as a cook for the Valentini’s bed & breakfast. Hannah has not been able to move on from the insurmountable feeling of loss that plagues her, and the only other people she spends time with are the women who are in her widow support group. She’s lost touch with old friends and keeps her distance from her In-laws because they’re a painful reminder of her dead husband. She gets the wind knocked out of her when she runs into her husband’s identical twin brother, Wes. Seeing her husband’s mirror image in the flesh is wreaking havoc on her heart. But when Wes asks if he could come visit with her and Abby, she reluctantly agrees, knowing that it isn’t right to keep her daughter from family.

 

 

Wes has been lost in his own grief over his brother’s death for the past three years as well. Twins share an indescribably strong bond and it’s been hard for Wes to accept that his partner in crime and best friend is gone. Wes quickly enlisted in Doctors without Borders after he graduated from medical school, which was also soon after his brother and Hannah married. What he’s kept a secret for many years is that there’s only ever been one woman who stole his heart, and that was Hannah. Wes actually met Hannah before his brother Drew did. He would often catch a meal between classes at the diner that Hannah worked at. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he was smitten, but Wes was incredibly shy and lacked confidence with women. His brother, Drew, was the complete opposite of him. Drew was the life of the party, ladies man, and cocky beyond measure. The moment Drew and Hannah met, Wes knew his chances with her were completely shattered. Wes loved his brother and was used to giving up things he loved to make him happy, but this was the one time it hurt more than anything to let his brother win. Unable to stay in town and bear witness to his brother and Hannah living in wedded bliss, Wes leaves the country and yet no matter how many miles apart or years that passed, his love for Hannah never diminished in the slightest.

 

Slowly Wes breaks through the seemingly impenetrable wall that Hannah had built over the years. Not only is Hannah growing accustomed to his presence, but so is little Abby. When Hannah is finally able to contemplate the possibility of moving on from the past and seeing Wes in a way she never did before, we’re left wondering whether it is because she views him as a substitute for her dead husband or if there are true feelings in her heart for Wes. They fight their attraction at first but when you’re dealing with years of pent-up feelings over someone, eventually the need for physical contact is just too overwhelming not to give in to. Wes and Hannah’s passion will set their world ablaze! Keep those fans close by because the heat is almost too intense to endure.

 

 

While Wes and Hannah discover an intense love growing between them, their journey to a happily ever after is not traveled down a smoothly paved road—there are many bumps, roadblocks, and detours they must face. Are they strong enough to weather the somewhat insurmountable obstacles that lay ahead?

 

I know some people might view Hannah as weak but I only had the deepest empathy for her. I understood why she closed herself off all those years and how taking another chance on love was truly frightening for her.

Wes and Hannah’s story was beautiful to its heartbreaking core. It is my new favorite by Melanie Harlow and one that I will surely read again whenever I get the opportunity to do so!

Here are my overall ratings on the book:

Hero: 5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

FROM THIS MOMENT is currently available! This is absolutely, positively a MUST READ!!!

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