Published January 2011.
Chloe Rogers is getting ready to marry Richard in a few months. He might be a workaholic and always on his phone, but he’s steady and secure. Everything is going okay until Chloe’s first love Josh moves back to town. Now she’s not sure if she should follow her heart, or her head. Things become even more complicated when she finds a set of love letters written to her mom that seem to indicate she chose her head over her heart. What is Chloe to do?
This is a romance novel in the true sense of the word. Sweet, romantic and like a fairy tale. Which seems to fit, since people keep telling Chloe she acts like she lives in a fairy tale.
I found myself emotionally involved in the story, at times wanting to shake Chloe and tell her to open her eyes. Without giving away the story, it’s hard to explain all the reasons. But I will say that Richard is not a good guy. He may have a steady income and is good looking, but he’s a jerk. An emotionally abusive, controlling jerk. My absolute dislike for him really reflects the great job the author did in bringing the characters to life.
Chloe is not the typical strong, independent heroine. She has a lot of self doubts, and lets herself be controlled and swept up by Richard. Having known people in those types of relationships, I think the author really hit her behaviour on the nail. And the behaviour of everyone who surrounds her. They tell her like it is, and then step back and support her decisions. Even when they disagree. Which is the way you want your support system to behave in real life.
Trying to find something to criticise, I had a hard time because I really enjoyed the story. I did find it a bit odd that Nicole’s outfit was always described in detail. It didn’t really fit with anything, and just seemed a little odd.
There was one thing that bothered me. The timing of everything. Supposedly, the story takes place when Chloe is 25, and her relationship with Josh happened when she was 12. I thought the force of the emotion just didn’t fit these ages. It would have made more sense for the relationship to happen in high school, and the story to happen in their early 30s. Other than that, it was a great read.