Saturday, 16 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #36
The Proud Wife - Kate Walker
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Her husband wants her back!
Marina thought her dreams had come true when her husband placed a wedding band on her finger. But their marriage was not the fairytale shed hoped for, and eventually Marina walked away, her heart broken.
But two years on Pietro D'Inzeo no longer haunts Marina's dreams. She knows the time has come to move on, and even a summons to join him in Sicily wont deter her However, with his wife standing before him, about to sign on the dotted line of their divorce papers, Pietro wonders why he ever let her go?"
So another really good book from the Modern series.
This is the story of Marina and Pietro, they have been separated for two years. Now Pietro feels its time to divorce and for them both to move on with their lives. He orders her to Sicily in order to lay out the terms of the divorce, thinking she would be more than happy with the settlement he has planned. Marina, however, goes to Sicily with the determination to finally put Pietro behind her and accept nothing from him. When they meet again it is clear they are both still very much attracted to one another, and after a heated argument in the lawyers office they decide to sort out the divorce between themselves. As the story progresses we find out that their marriage only lasted a few short months, and the reason for getting married was an unplanned pregnancy. When Marina miscarried they both closed themselves off from one another eventually leading to resentment and Marina walking away.
This was an intense romance, the characters were really well written and developed and the whole story was gripping. At first it seemed like just one long domestic dispute, but as the book progressed and more and more issues were brought up and tackled by the characters the more layers were added.
Basically this is a story misunderstanding and miscommunication between partners, and an example of a tragic event pulling people apart rather than bringing them together.
Kate Walker has written an emotional roller coaster of a romance, and I loved how the characters had to grow and deal with past issues before they can move on, whether together or not. A great read from start to finish!