Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.
When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.
Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.
I read `The Light In The Wound` ( The Light In The Wound #1) by Christine Brae right after I realized I accidentally read book #2, `His Wounded Light` first. ( Yes. Even I´m a ditz sometimes )
Weird, right? Ha! Welcome to my everyday norm. This doesn´t surprise me one bit. But hey…. I set things right again after I managed to find time to buy and read the first book. Now, here I am… ready to give my thoughts on book #1 first, as I should have a while ago.
One would think I ruined the whole story for myself by reading book #2 first. In my case, the mix up didn´t affect me or the story. I like spoilers. I have no problem with knowing how a story ends before I´ve even read the beginning. (I´m glad we got that covered ).
Now, did I enjoy `The Light In The Wound`? Yes. I actually did.
I´m a sucker for 1st love vs. 2nd love romances and Christine Brae did a wonderful job with this novel.
I loved the emotional rollercoaster ride I was put through. Lots of angst, heartbreak, frustration, love, loss… This book was a positive emotional mess for me. Because there´s nothing more satisfying than reading a romance that puts you in an emotional stupor.
While I appreciated the things this book did to me there were a few things that did turn me off.
- The pace. I had such a hard time sticking with this read because the story dragged. It took me a few days to push through and not completely give up. The last third of the story was what made me truly love this story.
- The Heroine. Isa wasn´t what I would call a great Heroine. Her actions and reactions were justified but I just couldn´t find sympathy for the woman. I really can´t say why, either. It´s probably one of those “you either like ´em or ya don´t” situations. In my case, I didn´t like her as much as I thought I would.
- The Hero, Jesse. He felt a tad over the top. Yes, I´ve encountered worse in other novels but he wasn´t the type of Hero I would have picked for an old vs. new love.
- The choppy chapters. This isn´t a writing issue, per se. It´s a chapter issue. Unfortunately, I felt no swift flow from one chapter to another. Maybe this has to do with the story being stretched over a 15 year time span. Maybe not. The story still didn´t feel effortless due to the choppy chapters.
Other than that I had no complaints. I enjoyed the story for what it was: an emotional wreck with the “three´s a crowd” theme.
Would I recommend this read? That depends. If someone is looking for the ultimate “Oh, just shoot one already to put every other character out of their misery” then I´d say yes. Go for it. Have fun and don´t complain about the dragging pace.
Would I reread this book? I´m not sure.
The Cover – 3 Stars: I´m not a fan. It looks like someone was in a hurry and just used the next best available image. I wouldn´t have bought this book with that cover image.
The Story – 3 Stars: The author can deliver an emotional package pretty well. I had the feels.
The Characters – 3 Stars: I´m giving these characters a generous 3 stars because of the reasons I´ve mentioned above. I will give Alex ( Hero #2 ) 4 shining stars because he truly was a great character.
My emotional state after finishing this read: Satisfied.
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