When I Said I Do, I Meant Forever
by James Eric Richey
Jaxon Tagget is a cattle-rancher’s son, born and raised on the Double T, just outside of Dillon, Montana. In love with his high-school sweetheart, Annie, Jaxon proposes on graduation night, presenting her with a wedding ring made from gold he mined himself. Annie accepts immediately, to the horror of her bitter, man-hating mother.
Jaxon’s a wonderful husband, but the warnings of Annie’s mother linger in the young bride’s ears. And it doesn’t help that women continue to fall all over the markedly handsome Jaxon.
Unaware of his wife’s persistent doubts, Jaxon is struggling with his own troubles when he finds out his dad is sorely in need of money to save the ranch. But hope glimmers gold when he rediscovers the old mine on the Double T.
While Jaxon travels to verify the mine’s productivity, Annie grows increasingly suspicious. Is Jaxon’s absence what it seems, or does he have another, less faithful reason for his travels? When Annie sees a picture of the beautiful laboratory owner whom Jaxon is visiting, she’s sure the only gold he’s interested in is long, blond hair. Is Annie right, or will it be her doubts that forever sever their Two Hearts?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Two Hearts, When I Said I Do, I Meant Forever by James Eric Richey in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I express are my own.
Two Hearts is a love story about high school sweethearts, Jax and Annie, and the challenges they face as they marry and face the realities that life throws their way. The trick is in how they handle it along the way.
Jax and Annie were raised differently in the small town of Dillon, Montana…one in a family filled with hard work, high expectations, loyalty and love; the other in a broken home scarred by the circumstances leading to the divorce, bitterness and the lack of parental involvement. From different backgrounds, Jax and Annie each carry their own baggage.
They leave for college, marry and travel some believable and some less believable roads as they grow together, apart then together again, to live happily. I won’t say it’s a happily-ever-after novel, but I believe that Mr. Richey leaves his novel at a place of hope for their future.
There were parts of the novel that felt under-developed or unnecessary and could use some delicate fine-tuning, but all in all Mr. Richey has written a beautiful story that resonates with the fairytale ending that I’ve looked for so much of my life.
© July 10, 2015
James Eric Richey was born and raised in California. He attended Brigham Young University, studying English with an emphasis in Literature. After graduating from BYU he returned home to California to further his education by attending law school. After passing the bar, James practiced in California for several years, but he quickly learned that he did not have a passion for the law.
In 1998 James obtained his real estate appraiser license, which has given him a flexible work schedule and allowed him to pursue his true passion, writing books. Besides his writing, he also enjoys reading, running, and sailing. James currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters.
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