Update: I am always amazed that someone reads and comments on the reviews that I write. I mean, I am no writer and the reviews I publish are what I assume are ramblings, me gushing how much I love a book, and “oh my gosh you need to go now and get this book” to “this book will leave you with a book hangover of epic proportions”. Yet not all my reviews are rainbows and unicorns. I won’t love every book I read, just like the book I give a 7, a hundred other readers would give a 10 to. But I always worry that one of my “didn’t work for me” points might upset the author. But here is the thing, we are provided MOST of these books free of charge for an honest review. So when one of these authors takes one of those “didn’t work for me” points and turns it into additional content, well then I am floored, flabbergasted, and oh so humbled beyond words. And this is what Addison has started, she is giving you flashbacks from Sam’s POV. Please enjoy and take the time to thank an author who gives herself or himself 100%.
Bethany reviews ”Til Death Do Us Part’ by Addison Albright. Published by JMS Books LLC on April 3rd 2016, 218 pgs.
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: This week is reviewers choice and I didn’t really know what I wanted to read. While going through our review requests, I happened to read this blurb and I was intrigued, so I decided this would be my pick for the week.
Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.
The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive, as well?
Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?
I kinda stepped out of my comfort zone for this one. I tend to stick to authors I know and books that have been recommended by many friends. I don’t usually step out of my box and read something that has a bit of angst and this one sounded like it would have some angst. I need to be in the mood to have my heart ripped apart. But the blurb was so intriguing, I just knew I needed to read it and I am glad I did.
I will be completely honest with you, I start a book with a 7 pot of gold rating and it can either go up or down from there, but they all start out as an 7. And this one was no different, it started as a 7, but let me tell you it didn’t stay a 7 for long. Just from the first few chapters it quickly became an 8, then kept going from there.
From the beginning I knew that my heart might shatter, I mean how can it not. The love of your life is “lost” after his plane crashes and later pronounced dead. I mean really, how do you even cope with that? I know I wouldn’t be able to. Then with a lot of time and the help of family and group therapy, you manage to dig your way out of that dark hole and not only live again, but find love for the second time in one lifetime. Just when you think: “Hey, I’m ok and I’ve got this!”, your presumed dead husband is found. So now you are engaged to a man that is not your husband and your husband comes back from the dead and it’s time to make a choice. What do you do?
I read this book in one sitting, ’cause that is how it captivated me, dragging me in and not letting me go till I found out what would happen next. Not just with Sam and Nash (the fiance) but also things like how in the world those three men and one child survived all those years. The writing is fantastic, very descriptive and has great story building. You get glimpses of the past and how Sam and Henry fell in love.
Ok, I really wanted to give this book 10 Pots of Gold, but there were two things that wouldn’t let me do that. One was the change in POVs. It wasn’t confusing, I just wished we could have had Sam’s perspective for the flashbacks. The second was the ending. To me it felt rushed, I needed more from Sam and Nash. Yes, I know that Sam was actually still married, but I needed him to question everything more. I felt like Sam should have taken more time to work through Henry coming back and the fact that he loved Nash as well. But please, don’t let this stop you from reading this book, because the timing totally makes up for it.
That was my one big concern when I started this book. How long will the author wait before she lets Sam fall in love again. My biggest fear was that Sam would move on before he was ready and it would feel like it was too soon. I think that is the biggest question in the book. When is the right time to move on? Well, I don’t think there is a right answer for that, because we all grieve differently. For some it might be as early as a year and others might never be ready to move on. The heart is a fragile thing, and I applaud this author for letting Sam grieve, for letting him come to terms with Henry being “gone” and for letting time begin healing those wounds. This is why I am giving ”Til Death Do Us Part” a very solid 9.5. I highly recommend you get this book and enjoy it as much as I have, because I guarantee you it will be a page turner.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
Addison Albright is a writer living in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.