"A server leaving mid-party with an unsteady guest was bound to give a bad impression."
Juli Cooke is falling ever farther behind just trying to get by. With several jobs and little to her name there is no where to go and no improvement in sight. That is, until she meets Ben Bradshaw. Ben is kind, sweet and successful - and sick. He is also suggesting a short, friendly marriage in exchange for a healthy settlement. He seems like a nice guy, what does she really have to lose? But the marriage is more than she bargained for as she gets closer to her new husband and their time starts running out. Luke Winters has never trusted the woman his cousin married so quickly. Surely she was just after Ben's money and would end up hurting him. But not if Luke could help it. But all the stakes change after Ben is gone - and who knows just how many gifts he would leave behind for the two people most important to him.
My Opinion: Contrary to what I thought when I picked it up, this is not "light beach reading" - at least not by my definition. This book is full of heavy subjects and complicated emotions. Ben is a simply fantastic character who is so sad and yet full of faith and optimism. Juli is a confused but strong character who grows in so many wonderful ways. Luke is a little shallower in depth, but still a really really good character. All together it was a good book with unexpected plot twists and a deep understanding of love and faith. The Christian feeling is there, but not overpowering or obsessive. Juli's lessons on different kinds of love and what unexpected blessings you can receive is a great, uplifting story despite some of the other sadder aspects of the tale. This book is very well written, pulling you in and never letting go. You'll want some tissues for this one, but it's one I'd recommend!
I was given a free copy of this book for review. No other compensation was given. The summary and opinion are 100% my own.