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As Kaler knows all too well, trying to do right by your daughter a little girl with Down’s Syndrome, as a single dad, whilst also holding down a full time job, is not easy. Add to that the realisation that you’re hopelessly attracted to your ex-wife’s best friend, and suddenly life becomes very complicated indeed. Mindful of his responsibilities, Kaler is determined to resist his attraction until it becomes impossible for him to ignore his feelings any longer.
Knowing the judgement they’ll receive from the local townsfolk and curtain twitchers if they act on those feelings, Kaler and Jenna decide that keeping their relationship under wraps, whilst letting everyone believe they’re just friends, is the way to go. Of course they’re not fooling anyone and I was just waiting for it to all blow up in their faces. The chemistry between these two as they fought their feelings for one another is strong. You get a real sense of them trying to do the right thing, whilst not really being honest to themselves, or anyone else for that matter. Their longing, the strain of trying to hide their feelings, and the guilt is a heavy burden. Whilst I didn’t always agree with their actions, I loved Kaler and Jenna together. There are certainly many ups and downs, judgmental attitudes and obstacles for this couple to overcome but I was rooting for them and for their love initially born from friendship. Willow too is a little sweetheart, a gorgeous little scene stealer, with her funny little habits, her love of her ipad, and her enthusiasm for fishing and pink tutu skirts!
The author also touches on certain mental health issues and these are dealt with in a sensitive not sensational way. Whilst some of the angst and situations felt slightly over the top on occasions, nevertheless I really enjoyed this steamy, witty, love story. There are many poignant moments too, which definitely brought tears to my eyes, adding another layer to this emotional whirlwind of a book.
I thought I had it all. I lived in the perfect small town in Alabama. I married my high school sweetheart. We were expecting our first child together. Everything was falling into place.