On the surface, Jenna Landsen has it all… She’s smart, beautiful, confident, and married to Camden Landsen, who happens to be drop dead sexy and just as successful. But after five long years, all the success in the world hasn’t brought the romantic spark back into her marriage. Jenna fears it never will. When life gives you lemons, open a bakery and name it Vi’s… Violet Streiff made the exact mistake her mother warned against—she fell in love with Liam Coffman, a charming finance major. When he left her heartbroken to further his career, Violet drowned her sorrows by opening a bakery, and now relies on Bob, her eighteen-pound cat, for warmth at night instead of a sexy man. To find love, sometimes you first have to discover yourself… When Jenna’s job offers an extended trip to New York, she packs her bags and takes a two-month vacation from life. The chance of her marriage surviving looks grim, until the surprise of a lifetime throws a wrench in her plans to stay in the Big Apple for good. You can bend the rules—but sooner or later they’ll break… When Violet meets a gloomy but totally drool-worthy guy named Camden in her shop, she’s sure her luck has changed. There’s no denying the chemistry, but he’s married, and that’s a major problem. Violet isn’t a homewrecker. Still, staying away from Camden proves nearly impossible. That is, until his wife comes home. Two women. Two men. Double the chance to find love in the most unexpected places—or double the chance for disaster.
This is a story about what happens after the ‘happy ever after’. Five years down the line are you still in love? Is there still heart stopping romance, or are you both just going through the motions? This is the situation Jenna finds herself in and even though Camden is still the man of her dreams, isn’t he? The magic is gone, or too difficult to find.
Jenna is a flawed character but she comes across as realistic because of this. Maybe she blames Camden too easily, for all their problems but if we’re honest isn’t that what we do? It’s easier to find fault with our partner, than to look inwards, for the cause of our emotional problems.
Camden loves his wife and she should know this, right? He shouldn’t have to tell her, or show her, it’s a given. It’s not until Jenna leaves on a business trip and stays away, he wakes up and realises his perfect marriage, is on the rocks.
The story portrays the couple’s emotions sensitively, the realism is undeniable but sometimes the pacing is a little slow.
Vi’s story, adds an interesting dynamic to this tale of marital discord. She is well meaning and therefore instantly likeable. However her need to find the man of her dreams may prove to be more destructive than Jenna’s selfishness.
The story links all the characters and story-lines together in a believable way and there are some nice plot twists.
Overall I enjoyed this story and the ending, although a little rushed after the earlier slower pacing, is romantic and satisfying.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Without You by Lindsay Detwiler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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