For Lucy by Jewel E. Ann
Published by Self-published on May 23, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jewel E. Ann comes a novel so heartfelt and real it redefines the meaning of love.
I’m the wrong guy in the right place the night I steal Tatum Bradshaw from another man. When she mistakes me for her blind date, I decide she deserves a man who shows up on time … like me. Emmett Riley, Mr. Punctual.
Once I confess my true identity and convince her I’m not a creep—just a thief—it’s only a matter of time before my sexy smile and quick wit claim her heart, her hand in marriage, and the perfect life.
Unfortunately, perfection is an illusion, like the promises of our wedding vows. No one can prepare for the unimaginable—the heartbreaking exception to all the rules in life.
When thirty seconds destroys everything, I have to find a new existence and keep my promise to always love our daughter, Lucy, the most.
For Lucy, I will keep a secret, and I will watch my wife drift into the arms of another man.
Given the chance … can I reclaim my wife and the pieces of our life?
Jewel E. Ann’s ability to take me by surprise with her stories has secured her place as one of my auto-buy authors. Experience has taught me to check out a synopsis for a book beforehand and For Lucy’s synopsis intrigued me, especially the suggested promise of a dark and angsty read. A word of caution, some readers may struggle with the loss featured in this story. It was quite specific but handled with care.
It took me a few pages to adjust to the rhythm of this story which is presented in past and present tense and solely from Emmett’s point of view. Usually, this is a ploy that can frustrate the hell out of me but in this instance I was totally on board with it. While there are a number of characters in this story, the plot focuses on the three main members of a family.
For a man who had experienced going to hell and back, Emmett’s capacity to love unconditionally impressed me throughout this book. His cheeky side to his beautifully caring selfless nature makes him an easy-to-fall-for character.
The Teenage Daughter
Lucy was the heroine in this book for me, not in a romantic sense, but through her love for her parents. Her strong will and sense of adventure (all obviously passed on from her father!) made for entertaining father/daughter scenes.
Tatum came across as an ice-queen. While she was my least favourite character for most of the book, I warmed to her over time. The chemistry between Emmett and Tatum was off the charts when they got together, but for the majority of the book, it remained dormant. I got why they were apart and yet wished JEA could yield her magic pen and just bring them back together again.
Why I loved this book
For a book that deals with a tragic event in such a sensitive and raw manner, I was blown away by the uplifting mood the story kept me in. I laughed out loud in sections and at other times I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.
What I loved:
- Lucy’s wit and wisdom
- Emmett’s unconditional love for his wife and family
- Limits to Emmett tolerance of Josh
- Emmett coming to terms with the incentive Lucy needed to achieve her goals!
- Lucy’s meddling (all with good intentions LOL)
I had no hesitation in rating For Lucy 5+ Stars. At times I can be a bit stingy with my stars but when I read a book such as this, I am so glad I leave one rating to showcase a book that moves me as this one did. This is a book that resonated so deep within me that I have been busy recommending it to others.
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