This book shook me a little bit. I love KG MacGregor books but this one has left me thinking about it days after I’ve finished it.
For 39-year-old Johnelle Morrissey, the American Dream is a successful career in medical technology, a stately home in historic Charleston, SC, and happy times with the people she loves most?her husband Dwight, their teenage son Ian and her oldest friend Alice Choate. That dream shatters on a routine business trip when her plane goes down shortly after takeoff, leaving her with only clouded memories of her former life.
Devastated by the tragedy, Alice teams with the family to help Johnelle recover. For hours on end they talk about their lives, reminiscing on the moments that formed their friendship over the years, with Alice guarding her most closely held secret?that she’s been in love with Johnelle for as long as she can remember.
Johnelle begins pulling the memories together, eventually recalling the significant events of her life?the college years, her wedding and the joys of raising her son. What she can’t remember are feelings of love for Dwight. As her physical injuries heal, the depressing return to her marriage is more than she can bear?especially since her heart wants Alice.
The Story follows two strong southern woman. Alice owns a real Estate business that she runs with her Mother. She a lesbian and has been in love with her best friend Johnelle for all of her life. Johnelle seems to have the perfect life. She is married to her college sweetheart Dwight. They both seem to genuinely love one another and have a son Ian whom they both adore.
Part of Johnelle’s job is to travel to other Cities. On one such work trip her plane crashes and she sustains some brain injurys. One of the side effects is her feelings for Dwight have changed and the feelings for Alice that she has hidden so deep for most of her life have came to the surface.
Alice was the star of the book me. She’s caring, honest, courageous, respectful but above all she knows how to love unconditionally with no expectation of it being reciprocated! If I’m honest everything Alice is fits into the personality of my dream girl. My Mum would say she’s nice to a fault… but she has her devil may care side which completes the dream.
I felt for Johnelle through her story but if I’m honest my heart went out more to Alice and Dwight. From the minute I understood what was happening my heart went out to Dwight. There is so many points throughout the book you can almost hear his heart breaking. He loves Johnelle so much. Don’t get me wrong there are also instances I thought he was too controlling and condescending but I generally felt like Dwight was a good guy.
The love between Alice and Johnelle is beautiful. It’s not rushed (it’s taken most of their lives to get it together) but when it does happen it’s a beautiful love. Personally I think both women are courageous to choose there relationship over the other characters feelings because for most of the book both Woman especially Alice put everyone else before them.
My only negative was that there is a little to much religion and church going for me but that’s a personal thing.
I would definitely recommend this book but be prepared for a emotional ride.
Quote of the book:
“We’ve done some crazy shit together over the years, but this one would totally take the cake. Hell, it would take the whole fucking bakery. Let’s just make sure we get it right. And no matter what happens, what you decide, I’m going to keep loving you like I always have.”
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