Jane Carter's life has never been easy. Leaving her parents behind only to be abandoned pregnant by the one man she thought she could depend on, she had a sense that things just weren't going to be easy for her or her precious daughter Jolene. She's so skeptical about life that she thinks she's dreaming when she catches the eye of handsome, successful architect, Jay Anderson. Will Jay be willing to accept her and her child or will she be forced to return to a past that just won't go away. Falling in love is easy. Life is hard. Has life finally designed the happy ending she's always dreamed of?
I fell in love with Elizabeth’s first book Love by Design, so I was patiently waiting the release of this one. I love her writing because it so realistic. This book was filled with a lot of unpredictable events that had me so deeply engaged, that this became a very quick read for me. I have to admit that there were several times that had me frustrated that I wanted to shake some sense into some of the characters. The funny and romantic parts made up for the frustration and Mrs. Callahan, Callie’s neighbor, has you laughing out loud!
The story continues exactly where it left off, however, the focal point this time is Jane. Jane is a very strong and independent, somewhat shy woman. She’s used living life on her own, caring for herself and raising her child Jolene on her own.
He’s super-hot, he’s successful, he’s very romantic and has a very good heart. He is Jay Anderson. Raised by a single mother himself, he has an idea of how strong of a person Jane really is. He likes what he sees.
Neither Jay nor Jane are looking for a relationship, but Jolene has captured a piece of Jay’s heart and begins to see him as a father figure. He is the father that she has never had. Jay will do absolutely anything for Jane and Jolene. The three of them fall into a routine. Crazy exes from both of their pasts come back and try to get back a piece of what they once had before. Scary situations start to occur.
At first, Jane and Jay have trouble being honest with each other. Not only about their feelings for one another, but also the situations they are both faced with. Once they both realize how much they truly want and love each other, honesty becomes very important. This is very true in any relationship of any kind. Without open and honest communication, you basically have no base to any kind of relationship. Communication is the key to any relationship.
Jane has decisions to make. What should she do next? What will be best for Jolene? Will Jane decide to go back to what seems familiar or will they stay with what feels right? Is the past worth risking the future?
Great job once again Elizabeth! You have completely surpassed the expectations I had of this book! I absolutely cannot wait for the next! Get to writing! If you haven’t read this book yet, I suggest that you do!~~Jenn