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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wait for Me by Tia Louise

A Review by Wendy 
4 Sweet Peach Memories Stars
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Spoiler Free
I love reading the notes and acknowledgments by authors. They are sometimes in the back of the book or are done as dedications. These insights into the author's mindset can truly add so much to the reading of the story.

With Wait for Me, Tia Louise dedicated the book to her husband and his desire for a story about the peach orchard where he grew up. She also mentioned a dear friend too. With these concepts planted within me, I started the book with a solid foundation.

This is a love story for sure, and it is strong and capable like all Tia Louise stories. Yet, there is another love story happening along with it...the care, magic, and beauty of the peach orchard is a serious part of this book. It is shown with the wonder of how the trees are nurtured. It is felt when you can close your eyes and sense the sweet fragrance of peaches being plucked and carted away to market. It also nods to how this was an Orchard, not Farm. How it was a calling, a way of life.

With this as the base, I understood how romance and young love could bloom.

This book is done in parts.
We have beginning love, promises made and the belief in good will always win out. It is swoony, risky as it is a little forbidden as our guy is smitten with the little sister of his best friend. It is first love for her and then there is the time limit as he and her brother are going away to serve.

Hope is the foundation and belief in love and holding on takes place by our gal. Her strength is true. But the fates her man had to deal with was too much for him to overcome. He wasn't able to let go of what happened during his service...he was physically injured and that would heal. What wouldn't heal were the guilt, his mental pain, and the need to dull his mind and hide. He broke his promise of coming back to her.

This next part shows where both of these characters are...She is willing to fight, to figure out how to help if she can...and he is lost to her.

Time passes and he has been able to turn his life around with the support of his friends and work. He has finally worked through the demons, mostly, that have been torturing him all these years. It is time to reclaim the life he wanted back in that peach orchard...the life he thought would be so dear...

We are given a woman who overcame much. Who had the strength to see what mattered most and put her own dreams on hold. She had the support of her family to assist her but it was her will to be the best for those she loved that carried her. She is now ready to venture out and finally do what she had put on hold for so long.

With this setup, we have these young lovers meeting again. There is much to take in and will they be able to make amends and allow the love they have for each other surface and take hold...

Tia Louise takes all of these issues and weaves a heartbreaker of a story that will hit all the touchpoints. There is swoony young love, secretive and hot...there is strength and determination of beliefs all will be alright. There are also the challenges and reality of what service is...tough and sometimes so painful, recovery from what has taken place almost impossible.

And then there is the question of young love still dormant, waiting to see if it still has a chance to weather the tough times and bloom as it should have.

This series of related books that can be read as stand-alone worked and captured my heart. A job well done Ms. Louise. 

 A gifted copy was provided for an honest review.

Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of 20 sexy romance and romantic suspense novels.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.


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