Abby does not doubt Ed’s love and commitment, but struggles to understand his strong ties to his past. Just when she think’s everything is impossible; their sex life, living together and a chance of staying together, Abby has a breakthrough in all the different areas and their future looks a lot happier.
Linda realizes that over the years she has changed to be like the woman her deceased husband, Martin, wanted. Her wardrobe and hair style are not the way she used to dress or look. Instead he’d changed her into a “mini me” version of his mother. A woman who treated her badly.
In an attempt to rediscover the real Linda, the first thing on her to do list is a trip to Fiji. While in Fiji, Linda rediscovers herself and finds romance.
Goodbye, Hello is a romance but then again it isn’t a romance. It is a tale of breaking free of the bonds that hold a woman in an unhappy existence and learning to be true to her feelings, wants, and needs. Of embracing life and living it on her terms with no regrets. Yes, there is also a sexy man and romance, too.
Linda is a 54 year old widow whose marriage appeared to be happy to outsiders but, in reality, was far from happy. Eighteen months after Martin’s death, he is still controlling her life. Until she has an awakening and realizes how different she is now compared to what she was before Martin. Determined to make her life her own, she starts making plans for the future.
Linda goes to Fiji where she meets Shaan and learns how a gentleman treats a lady. Passions she had never experienced came to life. However, life has a way of intruding into our happiness and Linda is forced to go home sooner than expected.
Linda doesn’t change overnight. She struggles with her new reality because habits of 35 years are hard to break. I liked that aspect because it is realistic. I loved the humor in the story. I do wish Linda had gotten a grip on her bitchy side sooner but I can understand where it came from.
I definitely recommend Goodbye, Hello. It is entertaining and flows nicely. I think Allyson Abbott could write a series of books about Linda’s adventures.
Reviewed by specialangel
Salsa or Die: A Silver Night Romance
A moving, but also humorous, love story about a couple in their sixties who are struggling to cope with the new lifestyle changes forced on them through redundancy. Pam, the narrator, wants more from life, while Jeff her husband of forty years wants peace of mind.
Salsa offers Pam an opportunity of excitement each week, particularly as Victor, a regular, takes a fancy to her and becomes determined to help improve her moves. She struggles between the loyalty to her husband and the draw of a new adventure.
Salsa or Die is a wonderful short story that deals with a common problem: Couples who have been together for most of their lives growing complacent in their relationship.
Pam and Jeff have fallen into a boring routine. They never do anything together any more. Pam wants to bring some excitement to their relationship but Jeff is content with the boring routine. When Pam is tempted by a new man, Jeff realizes what Pam means to him.
Salsa or Die is a love story as well as a cautionary tale on taking those you love for granted. It is well-written and I definitely recommend reading it.
Reviewed by specialangel
An English Rose is part of the Mothert’s Day Magic…With Love Anthology
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in 12 new, previously unpublished-stories, by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Captivating tales of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
An English Rose
A compelling and humorous insight of past years and present dilemma’s as Rose reflects on her usefulness in later life. Just as she acknowledges and accepts her sell-by-date is approaching, life suddenly becomes interesting again, in more ways than one.
An English Rose is a sweet story about growing older and dealing with all the changes that occur due to your advancing years. Worries of being useless. Of being a burden to your family. Of being a burden on society. Will your family force you to go to a nursing home or assisted living. An English Rose is NOT a depressing look at this situation. It is life affirming.
Rose thinks she is doing a wonderful job of hiding her frailties from her family. She keeps a positive attitude in spite of her worries. Even so, she has closed herself off from the outside world for fear of what might happen since she can barely see. By sheer chance, she meets Bill. Bill introduces her to ways to get out and about without fear. At 85, Rose gets a new lease on life and is determined to enjoy every minute of it.
I absolutely loved Allyson’s definition of the difference between disabled and non-disabled. As someone who is disabled due to Multiple Sclerosis, it was a breath of fresh air.
I highly recommend reading An English Rose. It is a heartfelt story on a topic that affects everyone.
Reviewed by specialangel
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