Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sarah's Child - Linda Howard

In a split second they were gone . . .
A tragic accident took everything that mattered to Rome Matthews -- his wife, Diane, and their two little boys. And it robbed Sarah Harper of her best friend. In the two years since the tragedy, Sarah has wanted to reach out to Rome, but she knew she needed to stay away, guarding the secret she had kept from him and Diane all those years -- that she was in love with her best friend's husband.

But now Rome needs her. And though another woman will hold his heart forever, Sarah agrees to be his wife, knowing that everything has a price, including love. Then something totally unexpected rekindles her hidden hope that a marriage of convenience will become a union of love. Will Rome keep fighting his own growing need for a woman who dares him to believe there are second chances in life . . . or will he give in to the healing power of love and miracles?

Alright…Ill begin with saying I gobbled this book up in one full day! Start to finish baby…it was great!

Sarah fell for Rome the minute she seen him years ago when both were right out of college…problem was Rome fell for Sarah’s best friend Diane. Rome and Diane lived happily ever after…until one day taking their kids out Diane and both boys get struck by a drunk driver and die. About a year later while cleaning out the house to sell Rome calls Sarah to go through some of Diane’s stuff…Diane and Sarah were more sisters than friends so the fact she loved…yes LOVED Rome was a terrible secret to have to keep. But she did none the less. Once faced with Rome again all those old time feelings came back. What she didn’t expect was that her feelings were reciprocated! As both struggle with this new found relationship we get to see many many emotions!

I refuse to do spoilers for this book…EXCEPT THIS ONE…Rome ends up (within the first quarter of the book) asking Sarah to marry him! He felt it was his duty to take care of Sarah b/c she meant SO MUCH to his dead wife. I tell you this b/c this book is SO MUCH MORE than about him asking her. It digs a lot deeper into the lives…the SOULS of these characters! This book is about moving on with your life even when you want to curl up and die!

I really just recommend you to read this. I’ve read a ton of reviews putting this book down. I think it takes a good author to portray a new love while keeping the love of a deceased still in the hearts of the characters. LH did a wonderful job so here is a great little snippet to dampen your pallet!

"Sarah Harper," she said briskly.
"Sarah, this is Rome," a deep voice said by way of identification.
Her heart gave a jump and hung in her throat. She didn't need to hear his name to know who was on the other end of the line. She knew his voice as well as she knew her own, and the clipped accent that hadn't softened despite years in the south would always give him away. But she swallowed the lump, straightened her spine, and pretended this was just another business call. "Yes, Mr. Matthews?"
He made an impatient sound. "Damn it, don't call me that! It's all right in the office, but this...this isn't business."
Sarah swallowed again, but she couldn't say anything. Had she conjured him up? Had thinking about him produced this call? After all, it had been months since he'd said anything to her other than a polite "good morning" whenever he came into the office to talk to Mr. Graham.
"Sarah?" He was really impatient now, and his rising ire was revealed in the way he barked her name.
"Yes. I'm still here," she managed.
"I'm selling the house," he said abruptly. "I'm boxing up Diane's things...and the boys'.... I'm going to give them all to the Salvation Army. But I found a box of things that Diane had kept from high school, stuff that the two of you did together, pictures, and I thought you'd like to go through it. If you want any of it, you can have it. If not...."
He didn't finish the sentence, but she knew. If not, then he'd burn it. He'd take all of those memories and destroy them. She winced inside at the thought.
"Yes," she said hoarsely, forcing the word out. "Yes, I want it."
"I'm about to leave now, to go to the house and finish packing. You can get the box anytime tonight."
"I'll be there. Thank you," she whispered, and he hung up, leaving her with the phone still pressed to her ear and the dial tone buzzing.
Her hand was shaking as she replaced the receiver, and suddenly she noticed that she was no longer sitting. At some point during the conversation, tension had propelled her to her feet. Quickly she leaned down to get her purse from the lower drawer of the desk, then locked the desk and turned out the lights, locking the door behind her as she left.
It wasn't only her hand that was shaking; her entire body was quivering. Talking with Rome always did that to her. Even after years of training herself not to think about him, of not allowing herself to even dream about him, just hearing his voice had the power to reduce her to jelly. Working for the same company was bad enough; she'd even transferred to a different department so she wouldn't see him as often, but that had eventually backfired on her: He'd been promoted steadily through the ranks and was now one of the corporate vice presidents. Her position as secretary to the senior vice president threw her constantly into contact with him; the only salvation she'd had was that his attitude toward her was strictly business, and she'd forced herself to treat him in the same manner. What else could she do, when she'd been foolish enough to fall in love with her best friend's husband?

Every year I go to a spa day with my best friend from Florida! This is our weekend and I cant wait! Yall know I'm a Florida girl so what better place in the panhandle to go for a spa day than DESTIN!!! Oh ya thats right...and we WILL be hitting up the Destin Commons for a bit of shopping afterwords! ;o)

Since I obviously cant read and drive (lol I totally do around town) Ill be buying a audio book! Its my very first one and Im double excited b/c it’s a brand new author Ill be read…LISTENEING to! Lol Have yall read Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning? How is it???

He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart—until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistibly challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm's length—but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve.

She had a perfect "no" on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite in her. Not even the barriers or time and space could keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about flowing the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne's reservations were no match for Hawk's determination to keep her by his side...

Alrighty then well hope to hear from yall soon about the books Ive talked about! ;o) And have a great rest of the week and weekend!



Angie said...

I LOVE Moning's old stuff and jumped at the chance to buy her audio books to listen to at work. I have been shocked by how annoying the narrator does a female character's voice. I even jumped to another book and it was the same reader and same sound - somehow (IMO) he makes the women sound whiny and annoying. If I hadn't read the books myself and developed my own "voice" for the characters I'm afraid these audio versions would have turned me off of the series. So if you do end up listening to them and have the same reaction - please please give the book version a chance b/c the series is really awesome!

March 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Ok cool! Im bringing a Linda Howard as back up! lol But hopefully I can look past it...if not I promise to read the book b/c it sounds SO GOOD! Thanks for the heads up girl!

March 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM
Chantal said...

I enjoyed this book.

March 11, 2010 at 5:33 PM
~ames~ said...

I'm glad you liked Sarah's Child. Rome was so...manly. LOL

I hope you enjoy the audiobook!

March 12, 2010 at 5:25 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

Girl of many words eh?!?! ;o) So mysterious! lol Ya I really loved this was a lot more "real" than I anticipated!

Thanks for telling me to read it! Im SO GLAD I did! Like I said...I ate that book up in one day! LOVED IT!

I cant wait for the audio book and the open road! *Thats sounds so cheesy! ;op

March 12, 2010 at 5:40 AM