“THE FORGOTTEN PATH” (STONEHILL ROMANCE BOOK 3), BY MARCI BOUDREAUX
PUBLISHER: MARCI BOUDREAUX; OCTOBER 16, 2015
Synopsis: No one has ever accused Annie O’Connell of backing down from a challenge. She’s tough as nails and that’s what everyone has come to expect from her. But even the strongest of people need someone some time.
Marcus Callison has loved Annie for as long as he’s been working at O’Connell Realty. He would stand by her through thick, thin, and everything in between. If only she’d let him.
When tragedy strikes and Annie is left feeling vulnerable, Marcus does everything in his power to make all right in her world again. He just hopes it’s enough to convince her that he is worthy of breaking through the walls she has built around her heart.
What an amazing book! I expected to love this book, just based on previous novels I have read by author Marci Boudreaux, but The Forgotten Path was so much more than I had hoped for. Annie is the hard-working owner of a real estate firm and is feeling somewhat of a mid-life crisis as her daughter graduates from college. Annie is doing a lot of looking back at her life, raising her two brothers after the death of their parents, and raising her daughter, Mallory on her own. Annie doesn’t exactly have regrets but wonders if things could have been different, such as falling in love and getting married. In the meantime, one of her agents and dear friends, Marcus, is about to burst at the seams to tell Annie how he really feels about her. All of the stars seem to align and they profess their feelings for each other, however, Annie refuses to enter into a relationship with an employee. So what does Marcus do? Of course, he finds a new job! Regardless of how successful he has been as a real estate agent, he wants nothing more than a real chance at a relationship with Annie. But when Marcus comes along with Annie to an open house and possibly “one last sale,” the unthinkable happens, changing not only their lives but their family’s lives as well.
This review presents somewhat of a challenge because I don’t want to give any spoilers… So I will try to do this without giving away any of the plot 🙂 There are so many different themes to this story, but the most significant to be is the importance of being thankful for our lives, regardless of what that life looks like. It’s so easy to get caught up into day to day life without stopping and reminding yourself how lucky you are…
The Forgotten Path also serves as a reminder that no matter what we thought our lives would look like, it’s never too late to make changes and create the life that we want. Annie and Marcus are almost 50 years old once they decide they can no longer deny their feelings for one another. Annie spent her life as a businesswoman and raising Mallory without the father present, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to find love, regardless of age.
After a horrible event that changes everything, there’s also the theme of it being o.k. to need people or for them to need you. This isn’t a sign of weakness, regardless if it’s completely different from how things have always been. We are all human and eventually need someone to do for us, instead of us doing for them. Which also leads me into the theme of trust, and I mean blind faith, trusting someone with your heart, even when you can’t imagine they won’t break it. Things happen in life that change us whether just our appearance, our personality, beliefs, or abilities. The Forgotten Path serves as a reminder of how deep true love runs, regardless of what surprises life brings. The outpouring of love and support among the families and friends in The Forgotten Path is something we should all aspire to achieve.
Anyone that enjoy’s romance and women’s fiction will love The Forgotten Path. There are heartbreaking moments but the overall feeling of happiness that the novel leaves you with is well worth the tears.
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*Thanks to Juniper for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.