I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Lorraine Devon Wilke is a two time indieBRAG MEDALLION HONOREE.
Dan McDowell has sought neatness, order and a clear cut path in his life. His plans to marry Jane fit within his needs and desires. That is until he puts his foot in his mouth and the chaos begins. He reveals after a moment of intimacy that he had had a few encounters with his ex-girlfriend prior to when his and Jane’s exclusiveness began. Jane, of course, doesn’t see it that way and promptly kicks him out of their home.
Weeks of being ignored and not solving their issues weighs on Dan’s mind along with his father’s heart attack and the upheaval his life has become both at home and work. His sister Lucy gives him a manuscript his father wrote when he was a young man. In it is his “theory of soul mates.”
Dan sets out to give his father some peace and while doing so finds answers for his father and himself.
“Okay. I’ll just say it. I guess I’m a little stuck on this soul mate thing. … Yep, I’d become the girl. The girl who didn’t want to get down until she knew it “meant something.”
Dan is a photographer by trade with a keen eye for artistic photos. He’s a good son, brother and friend; however, he is clueless when it comes to romantic relationships. He meets a woman and falls in love with her questioning whether or not they are soul mates.
“A case of Hysterical Love … in the clinical sense.”
I felt like he’d jabbed me with a needle. “Is that a real thing?”
“Just think about it.”
Lorraine Devon Wilke has captured and expressively written about the one dilemma that most couples encounter when they become serious – are they soul mates? Will they love one another forever? Will they be happy having only one person in their life to love forever? Further, she has taken the stereotypical role of the woman and placed it firmly on the man’s shoulder; skillfully turning the table and providing a fresh and unique glimpse into a man’s thoughts and world of romance. Within the first few pages, you cannot help but side with Jane but as Dan’s journey leads to self-discovery; you cannot help but see him differently and feel his confusion.
Wilke is passionate about the development of her characters as they come to life with each word. The reader cannot help but connect to her characters. The plot is strong, fresh, balanced and delivered skillfully. It is a moving story and is a must read for anyone who has been, is, or thinks they may fall in love someday.
Don’t miss this book. It is a wonderful read. Wilke is a truly gifted writer and one to watch grow; she will continue to provide thought provoking stories based on real issues.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a highly deserved 5 star rating.
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