Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Review & Blog Tour: Summer of Two Wishes by Julia London

Macy Lockhart has been through the ringer. Her beloved husband was killed in Afghanistan while on deployment there with the Army. After two years of trying to find a reason to get out of bed in the morning, she met Wyatt Clark, who pulled her out of her deep grief. She fell in love with him and married him, happy to move on with her life.

She has been married for seven months and is busy preparing for a charity function that she is hosting for a Veterans organization when an Army official walks up the drive. He has news, big news. Macy's first husband, Finn Lockhart, is not dead. He has been a captive of the Taliban for the last three years and has just escaped and made his way back to the Coalition troops. He is coming home!

Macy is elated, as anyone would be. But she knows that things will be difficult, how is she to break the news to Finn that she has remarried? She couldn't be happier that Finn is alive, but she is horribly confused about what she should do next. Once Finn is home, Macy moves out of the house she shared with Wyatt and in with her aunt, to give herself time to think. She has two husbands. She has never stopped loving Finn but she loves Wyatt, too, and can't stand to see either man hurt. Whatever she decides, lives will be changed.

Finn's life blood was always his sprawling ranch, Two Wishes. The land has been in his family for generations. It was never a huge money maker, but he loved the life and they were happy there. When Finn was dead, Macy tried to continue to run the ranch, but she just could not manage it herself. She eventually moved to town and when she met Wyatt, a land developer, she agreed to sell it. When Finn comes back, the land is just days from being sold to a company that will be building a resort.

Will Macy choose Wyatt, who can give her every material thing? Finn is starting over from scratch, the ranch is in disrepair and has no stock. He has no money to start it up again and it will be a lot of hard work to get things off the ground. Is she willing to go back to a life of hard work and struggle? Whatever she decides, hearts will be broken and someone will be unhappy.

This improbable but not impossible scenario makes a wonderful plot for this enchanting romance. The Texas setting comes alive with the author's descriptive prose and the characters seem to spring off of the page. I was rooting for poor Finn from the beginning, but there are a lot of surprises in this story and I enjoyed every twist and turn. A great summer read, take it with you to the beach or on vacation, it is a refreshing contemporary romance.

Summer of Two Wishes is published by Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-4708-2

My thanks to Sarah at Pocket Books for providing this book! Here are the rest of the blog tour participants:

My Book Views
Book Soulmates
A Journey of Books
Just Jennifer Reading
All About {n}
My Guilty Pleasures
Bookin’ with Bingo
Starting Fresh
Booksie’s Blog
Cheryl’s Book Nook
Bella’s Novella
Frugal Plus
Eclectic Book Lover
One Person’s Journey Through A World Of Books
Foreign Circus Library
My Own Little Corner of the World
Alpha Heroes
Pudgy Penguin Perusals
Seductive Musings
Bibliophiles ‘R Us
Park Avenue Princess
Power in the Blog
Books and Needlepoint


Molly said...

While I normally shy away from "romance" novels, you have intrigued me with this review. I will definitely have to check it out.

bermudaonion said...

This sounds like more than your typical romance novel. Great review!

bookmagic said...

I really wanted to read this one but missed signing up for the tour. Will put it on my wish list.
great review

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Laughing Stars said...

This sounds like a great read! I generally don't read romances, but you have be intrigued.

Zibilee said...

This sounds like a great read. I like books that tug at the heartstrings, so this one looks like I might enjoy it. Great review!up

kalea_kane said...

This really looks incredible. From the first discription, I was definitely hoping for Finn! I am going to have to get this so I can find out what happens!

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