My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Cassandra Webb’s every waking minute is devoted to being a great mother and wife. She takes five-year-old Noah to the library each week, volunteers in his kindergarten class, and even coaches his soccer team. She makes sure her husband’s uniforms are always laundered—even though he hasn’t worn them the last six years—always has his game day snacks on hand, and meets him for date night every Friday—which consists of one sided conversations at his bedside and watching his favorite take out remain untouched.
Pearl, a mysterious visitor at the care center, suggests that it is only Cassie’s love still tying Devon to Earth when he has been ready to move onto Heaven for quite some time. If Cassie will but open her eyes and heart, she will discover the path she should travel, one that will bring relief to Devon and much joy to her own life. But Cassie vowed never to give up on him. She never has and she can’t now, even after meeting hapless, single soccer-dad Matt.
My thoughts: Oh my goodness. The Power of the Matchmaker series is filled with wonderful stories. There is a huge variety for every kind of romance reader. This book took the series to a whole new level for me.
This book features Cassie. Her husband was injured in the line of duty six years before. She is a devoted wife and mother and takes care of her home, job, and her husband. She is waiting for the time that he will come out of his vegetative state and become the husband she remembers. She also looks forward to him coming to know their son, she discovered her pregnancy just after he was shot.
Cassie goes through the motions when it comes to life. She isn't really living or experiencing a fulfilling life. She waits, and waits. She is afraid if she starts living that her husband will miss out on the experience.
Pearl comes into the book when she sets events in motion for Cassie to meet the newly widowed Matt. Cassie and Matt are perfect for each other and help the other to heal. The big problem, Cassie's husband is still technically alive.
I loved the range of emotions in this book. I could not imagine being in the shoes of either Cassie or Matt. They both carry a lot of pain and unresolved issues. They are both basically single parents that need the other to help their children through the emotional problems of missing a parent.
This book really caught my interest and reminded me the importance of living the moments. Even though my husband is very much alive and present in my home, how many times do I exist and not really live? This is a wonderful addition to an amazing series. It is a clean romance with some kissing and mention of past marital relationships.
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Michele Paige Holmes spent her childhood and youth in Arizona and northern California, often curled up with a good book instead of out enjoying the sunshine. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and found it an excellent major in which to indulge her love of children's literature.
She is the author of nine published romance novels, which include books in the STARS Series (contemporary romance), HEARTHFIRE HISTORICALS, and the FOREVER AFTER series (young adult fairy tales). She is also the author of three novellas, two in the TIMELESS ROMANCE COLLECTION.
Her latest release, BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH (Mirror Press, August 2016), is a part of the POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER series.
Michele attributes much of what she knows about good writing to time spent with her critique group and feels that joining a critique group is the single best thing an author can to do help improve his or her writing. She has been a member of RWA and URWA, LDStorymakers, and The League of Utah Writers. Michele enjoys both attending and teaching at conferences.
When not reading or writing romance, Michele is busy with her full time job as a wife and mother. She and her husband live in Utah with their five high maintenance children and a Shitzu that resembles a teddy bear. You can find Michele on the web at michelepaigeholmes.com and on Facebook and twitter.