WHOLE AGAIN, BY COLLEEN S. MYERS
PUBLICATION: KINDLE PRESS; APRIL 18, 2017
About the book:
John Lawrence loved Vicki Masterson his entire life. They grew up together. But it wasn’t meant to be.
After John is disabled in Iraq, that couldn’t be more obvious. He struggles to start a new career while dealing with a prosthetic leg. Vicki recovers from divorce along with her own paralyzing self-doubt.
Enter “Growing Strong” Vicki’s grandmothers landscaping business and a new start for both of them. Can they get over themselves and their own insecurities to build a life together?
Whole Again was a suspenseful, yet sweet second chance romance about two characters, John and Vicki. While growing up, John always had a crush on Vicki but she was dating a bad guy named David. At the end of high school, the night before he left to join the Marines, they shared a kiss that neither ever forgot. Years later, Vicki is divorced from David and starting her life over in her new apartment and going to work for her grandmother’s landscaping company Growing Strong. John has been medically discharged from the Marines after losing a leg, has been working on his MBA, and goes to Growing Song in hopes of obtaining an internship. As soon as Vicki and John see each other again, it doesn’t take long for them to wonder about that kiss so long ago.
I have to start by saying that my favorite character in this novel was Vicki’s grandmother Joonie. She was such a strong and unique character, not to mention absolutely hilarious! I admired Vicki and her perseverance after finding her husband with another woman and then leaving him behind. I absolutely loved everything about John. He was handsome, caring, smart, romantic – just the perfect man wrapped up in a perfect package. I was absolutely rooting for them from the beginning and loved them together.
Early in the novel, you learn that Vicki’s ex-husband isn’t the sweetest guy around, and when strange things start happening to make Vicki feel threatened, it’s easy to suspect David. However, there are several important secondary characters in the novel making it difficult to determine exactly who the “bad guy” is. Nothing is black and white regarding motive or the guilty party, adding a fantastic element to this novel. It’s not simply a romance novel, but touches on the good and bad with family, strained and rekindled friendships, as well as, rebuilding one’s life after negative events.
Unfortunately, I did have issues with the ending of the novel. I felt that the resolution didn’t really come together properly. Several questions remained unanswered and a fairly important event was not mentioned after it happened, leaving me completely puzzled. I believe this is going to be a Hometown Heroes series, but it’s unclear if the second novel will continue with these characters to provide some finality, or if it will focus on new characters.
Overall I loved Whole Again and I am so happy to have read it. Despite my concerns about the ending, I found the story line unique and the characters engaging. Multiple elements were present in this novel making it appealing to fans of a variety of genres, and I look forward to reading book 2 in this series.