Publication date: June 3rd 2014
My rating: 4 stars
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For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home. But it isn’t until they open themselves up to love that they’ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be…
Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.
Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart.
I loved the big, close-knit Abbott family and quaint small town setting I was introduced to in All You Need is Love (my review), so I was thrilled to dive back into this world with I Want to Hold Your Hand!
I must admit, I was a little worried to pick up I Want to Hold Your Hand, because I thought Hannah would beat herself up with guilt over moving on romantically after losing her husband seven years ago. And while she does have some guilt, it was understandable, and it was never to the point of dragging the story down. It was a poignant journey, but an uplifting one.
Hannah Abbott was shattered and numb for years after her husband, Caleb’s death, but she’s gradually come out of the fog. After seven years she finally can see past the crippling pain, and feels ready to move on. At thirty-five Hannah still has so much life to live and she knows Caleb wouldn’t have wanted her spending it alone. Deep down, Hannah’s known for a while that Nolan Roberts would be the man waiting for her. Nolan was one of Caleb’s closest friends, and he grieved hard when Caleb died, too, so in that way Nolan can understand some of Hannah’s feelings which was a tremendous asset to their burgeoning romance.
“Are you ready for this, Hannah? Because if you’re not, that’s okay. I’m not going anywhere.”
“I think I might be ready.” She looked down before bringing her gaze back to meet his. “Mostly because it’s you who’s asking.”
Nolan loved Hannah as a friend forever, but it turned into more two years after Caleb’s death. He knew he was in for an uphill battle, and that Hannah may never be ready to move on. But there was never any choice for Nolan, because Hannah was the one for him. My heart went out to Nolan. To be so in love with someone who may never feel the same way back is a slow and heartbreaking torture. Thankfully, Nolan’s years of longing and patience paid off, and we get to witness the sweet and satisfying payoff play out! Sweet, satisfying and HOT! Marie Force definitely knows how to write some steamy scenes!
The Abbott family is a big, caring bunch and it seems we have two mischievous members (Hannah’s dad, and grandfather) who are not above meddling to make sure their kids all get a HEA. Too cute, if you ask me! I can’t wait to see what they have planned for the other eight Abbott kids. For those who loved Will and Cameron in the last book you’ll be happy to know we get a lot of them in this one, too. There are a few more romances in the works, at least three that I can think of. I must say that I’m not sure that I want a Megan/Hunter matchup in the future, because she was a right witch in the last book but even more so in this installment! I guess we shall see.
Colton, the somewhat reclusive Abbott brother is up next in I Saw Her Standing There.
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