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“Without trust, we have nothing.”
These are the words which have haunted Melanie Erickson for six years. When she walked out of the house Xavier Ross bought as their forever home, she thought she was closing that door permanently, but fate had other plans.
Xavier Ross tried to keep everyone at a distance until Melanie came into his life. The more he tried to fight his feelings for her, the more he fell in love. One rash decision fractured the trust that was essential to their relationship.
Six years later, she is the last person he expects to see walk through his front door. Will Xavier and Mel be able to learn to trust one another again so they can fulfill a dying woman’s wish?
I must start off by saying this is a beautifully written book. It’s unique from any other story I have read and I shed many tears while reading.
Melanie has just come face to face with Xavier after not seeing him for the past six years. He was her first and only love and when he pushed her away it destroyed her. She is not back into his life to rekindle an old flame, she is there to help his wife, Alyssa. Melanie is a home healthcare nurse who helps terminally ill patients and their families learn how to cope with everything until her patient’s life comes to an end.
When Xavier sees Melanie at his door he wasn’t too happy, the thought of her being there for them didn’t sit well with him. Now he is having to deal with his wife dying, the women that got away, and his worry about raising his son without his mother in their lives. He quickly learns Melanie isn’t the same girl he knew and her being there has made a big difference in helping them get through this tough time.
Alyssa has leukemia and she wants to live as best as she can with her condition. She quickly becomes great friends with Melanie and confides in her about her wishes after she is gone. She is an all around amazing women, who is strong-willed and feisty.
After Alyssa is gone, Melanie and Xavier do what they believe is best and are constantly questioning if they’re making the right choices.
This is a very emotional read, there isn’t much drama (which I normally love) but that isn’t what this story is about. Sloan Johnson did an amazing job writing this book, if anything would have been different I wouldn’t have loved it so much. As you follow the family through their struggles you get wrapped up in their lives and want them to overcome their loss and start living happily again. Normally I wouldn’t be rooting for a couple after they lost someone special but the way this book is written it just felt right. Definitely recommend reading if you enjoy emotional reads.
About the Author
Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.
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