Loved this story about a breast cancer survivor. Edie is on a holiday with her two grown children, the holiday is a present and celebration of her fighting the deadly C and coming out on top. Now she just needs to find herself again & re-learn being a woman and feeling desirable.
Tommy Carrigan, band manager and caretaker to a host of family and friends is also on holidays, their paths cross and what evolves is a beautiful story of a free flying guy showing Edie that she is more than a cancer survivor, she is beautiful, desirable and sexy.
I really loved being in Edie's head and seeing her internal struggle with the new situations she finds herself in on this holiday and finally letting go and accepting that life is to short and precious to worry about social etiquette. she just goes with what she wants and it feels so good!
Tommy helps heal Edie. It's a great story to read. And I love that both these characters are over 40!
I was forty-three. I should have been in the prime of my life. Where was that sexual libido return everyone promised me would happen? Oh, right, it walked out the door with a younger model—blonde, thin, and cancer-free under her skin.
Marriage was hard work. One in two marriages still ended in divorce. I wasn’t a statistic; I was a trend.
When leaving the hospital, aftercare was always part of the experience. What you did after—the procedure, the treatment, the incision that cut deep. However, nothing could have prepared me for how I’d take care of myself after Tommy Carrigan. There was no list, no instruction manual online at patient dot com for matters of the heart.
I just want to be close to you… No one’s ever talked like that about me, and I just want to capture it for a little while. I want to hold onto it, if I can. For just a little bit.
I bet you’re used to leather and lace, and I’m one-hundred percent cotton.
You’ll never be an excuse, darlin’. Always my reason.
Being an, ahem, mature woman on the plus side of forty, I couldn’t help but notice that bookstores have a rather limited selection of engaging offerings featuring vibrant and appealing main characters within my demographic of a platinum-haired goddess. Interesting female characters of my age tend to be written as secondary players, and most typically are the younger heroine’s indulgent or eccentric auntie. With this in mind, I found L.B. Dunbar’s After Care to be a refreshing and welcome change of pace and have a deliriously gleeful urge to erect an altar of pink typewriters in her honor. Not only were her characters highly appealing and alluring, they were smart and well seasoned. The premise was unique and relevant while the storylines were multi-layered, well-crafted, and wily. However, the writing wins the blue-ribbon prize as Ms. Dunbar’s word-craft was delightfully textured and insightful, witty, thoughtfully observant, hit all the feels, and sizzled and snapped with sensuality. I was quickly invested in the tale and remained happily engaged throughout. Ms. Dunbar has a new fangirl.
A beautiful journey about finding love later in life when you truly don’t expect it. Edie finds herself a single mother over 40 and soon to be an empty nester. Having just survived battling cancer and a divorce, she takes her kids to Hawaii for vacation. Who would have thought that hanging out at the pool they would make friends with Ivy and end up connected to one of the hottest bands in the country which makes their vacation even more amazing. Edie is captivated by Tommy, the band’s manager and Ivy’s uncle and she allows herself to be free and enjoy a vacation fling. But when it comes time to leave, did she really find a fling? Or did her heart get involved? Edie’s journey to life in her 40’s and after cancer is refreshing. When her family befriends the band, this opens up so many new avenues for her and the kids while also providing support to the band members in unique ways. Tommy’s charm is magical and so hard to resist. I felt very connected to these characters and loved how this journey unfolded with all the trials, tribulations and joy life can bring. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
This is a refreshing over 40's story of loss, romance, love and all the trials and tribulations that go with it. I thought it was a very well written story and I really did enjoy reading it. The book covers sensitive issues of breast cancer that was very well dealt with.
Edie Williams is taking a much-needed break in Hawaii with her two grown-up children when she collides with a gorgeous hunk of a man that makes her heart skip a beat or two. I did like Edie but wished she would have had a bit more backbone. Tommy Carrigan, who was perfection and made me swoon just reading about him, just might be the answer to all Edie's prayers, but is he holding secrets close to his heart that could complicate things for both of them.
The characters were really well portrayed and the secondary characters also added immensely to the story. This is a delightful read and my only gripe would be it was slightly predictable in places and a little too "comfortable", I would have liked a little more explosive passion and angst along the way but still a recommended read to curl up on the sofa with
L.B.Dunbar gave me a book hangover! I stayed up till 5am to finish this book. Couldn't put it down at all! I won't put any spoilers in here cause i'm not that mean. The instant love between Edie and Tommy is off the charts! Like all great love stories, time and space (and their own big mouths) get in the way of a HEA. Finally they catch a break. whew, i didnt know if that would work or not! lol Edie's daughter finds romance as well....but that is another whole story! lol
This book tells of a woman who beat the odds against Cancer. She is now living her life to the fullest. Granted she started out slow but it always takes time to figure things out. A whole new attitude towards the world is just what we all need.