Monday, 18 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #39
Hired by Her Husband - Anne McAllister
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Back in her husband's bed!
Once Sophy and George Savas were happily married...Then Sophy woke up and realised that her blissful marriage was a sham. She's never looked back - until the day she learns her husband has been critically injured and her world is shaken...
Now, though he's stubborn and proud, George wants Sophy's help. He knows she won't come willingly, so he hires her to be his wife for as long as he needs her! But playing happy families is dangerous, and soon George realises that his need for Sophy runs deep...and strong..."
I'm on a run of really enjoyable books at the moment, which is great for me and my challenge. This is another great book, I have read a few of Anne McAllister's books and always found them good reads.
This is the story of Sophy and George, who four years ago married when Sophy was pregnant. Sophy was pregnant by George's cousin, who died not long after Sophy found out she was pregnant, however he had not wanted anything to with the baby anyway. Four years later they were separated and living on opposite sides of the country. When George is seriously injured in a collision with a delivery truck he has no one to look after him so Sophy agrees to help him. As the get to know one another again they both realise they still have feelings for each other but have to get through the issues that caused them to part four years ago in order to find out if they can have a future together.
This is a really heartwarming story, and a great read. Although this is part of the Modern line, I really like that Anne has been brave enough to create a male character that isn't your usual 'banker/businessman' Alpha-male, instead George is a kind hearted academic and that is a refreshing change. The conflict of the story is relatively simple and it is a classic case of couples simply not communicating with each other. Both characters have the chance to grow with the story and tackle their problems.
In reading Anne's books I have always found that they contain a great level of humour and also normality, her books are relatable, and this book is no exception to this rule. Also, the books I have read have included a dog, which acts almost like another character and it is a fantastic element, as an animal lover I adore this part of her books!