by Melissa Delport
published November 27th 2013
Paige's father has Alzheimers, and her fiancé is shot and killed in an armed robbery. Paige fights her depression and pulls herself out of the dark place that she has succumbed to, with monumental effort and a new-found determination to live her life to the fullest, doing things that both terrify and exhilarate her.
When Paige meets Adam, the attraction is instantaneous. Adam grew up in an orphanage and has no recollection of his life before the age of six. Paige falls head over heels in love and embraces a happiness she never dreamed possible. Until the day she finds Adam in bed with another woman.
Wanting nothing more to do with him, Paige cuts Adam out of her life, until she receives a mysterious visitor, who reveals secrets about Adam's past that shock Paige to her very core.
Determined to fight for the man that she loves, Paige finds herself on a journey that will change her life forever.
I quickly pay for my purchases and head for the door, ripping open the Snickers and taking an enormous and enormously satisfying bite. I head back outside and take a moment to assess the rain. It seems to have gotten worse. It doesn’t bother me running back to the car, but I’ll be damned if I let a good Snickers bar go to waste. I’ll just have to hang around here until I’m done. I cram another huge mouthful in, although I haven’t yet swallowed the first.
“Excuse me,” a soft voice murmurs in my ear. I jump about a foot in the air and choke on the chocolate. Spinning round, I reel in shock and embarrassment as I recognise old blue eyes, still hanging on to his boring umbrella. I cover my mouth with my hand, trying desperately to swallow what is already crammed in there, but it’s not going down without a fight. I have to half close my eyes in concentration and the handsome stranger is gaping at me in alarm, glancing around quickly as if to check if there is anyone around who might be able to help.
After what feels like an eternity, I swallow down about half the Snickers bar in one gulp, my eyes watering from the pain and effort. Trying to act as though there is nothing wrong, I gaze up at him innocently.
“Yes?” I ask politely, as though nothing has happened. Did I just imagine it or did he just cover up a snort of laughter behind a very obvious throat clearing. I peer up at him, my eyes narrowed.
“What is it?” I ask, far more aggressively, crossing my arms over my chest and then realising that the packet I am carrying is far too heavy for this position to be comfortable. I uncross my arms.
“Um...” He looks slightly desperate for a moment and runs his hands through his dark curly hair. Very handsome, I decide. His eyes are so blue they should have their own pantone. His lips are full and beautifully shaped and he is tall and broad-shouldered. I bet he works out, I think; feeling slightly guilty that the last time I went to the gym I was in the kids’ play area waiting for my mom’s aqua-aerobics class to finish. It was her first and only attempt. I clearly remember her huffing and puffing for a full 20 minutes afterwards, which seriously affected her usual ability to wolf down a chicken and mayo toasted sandwich in under 2 minutes.
Dressed in smart black pants and expensive black leather shoes, this gorgeous specimen of hot-blooded male is mercifully saved from looking too austere by the absence of a tie and an almost casually unbuttoned open neck grey shirt. I once overheard Aunt Jackie telling my mother that she had met a man who made her want to have sex on a snooker table. I can, for the first time in my life, completely empathise. I shake my head. Putting the blatant physical reaction my traitorous body is feeling aside, I really do need to get going. I am already 15 minutes late. I am about to turn and leave when he finally manages to blurt out:
“Sorry, I’m Adam! Adam Parker,” he continues awkwardly, “I just wondered - I thought you might need...” He gestures helplessly at his umbrella. I stare at it in confusion.
“You waited for me just so that you could offer me your umbrella?” I ask suspiciously.
“Well,” he begins, gazing skyward before meeting my eyes, “when you put it like that it sounds kind of stalkerish; but yes, essentially, that’s what I did.”
“I like the rain,” I say, not entirely sure why.
“Yes,” he smiles sincerely for the first time, “I saw that.”
His gaze roams up and down my body taking in my wet clothes and I suck in an astonished breath. There has been no-one since Kevin died. Two years of celibacy. I have not been remotely interested in dating or men or anything remotely close. But this man! This man is making me think wicked thoughts. I purse my lips contemplatively.
“Would you like to come to a barbeque with me?” I ask, after only a moment’s deliberation, and he grins.
I do, after all like to live for today. He might not be here tomorrow.
*****5- Gut wrenching, Rip your heart out -Stars*****
~spoiler free review~
I loved Kevin, I did, but what I feel for Adam is so much more than that. It's as if he is the air that I breathe. When he isn't around I feel almost dizzy like I can't breath properly and I know he feels exactly the same.
This is possibly going to be one of my shortest reviews ever. Not because I didn't like the book (HELLO 5 Stars!), but because it's really best if you go into this completely blind to truly appreciate and feel what Paige goes through-it was quite powerful. So I'm gonna give a very brief overview then leave you with my thoughts.
~Paige has suffered more loss in her young life than most can deal with and it almost destroys her- she is forced to witness her father succumbing to Alzheimer's and loses her fiancé to an armed robbery. The depression almost takes her under, but she fights her way back and vows to live her life every day to it's fullest. When she meets Adam, the attraction is instantaneous and overwhelming and it's doesn't take her long to fall for him. Adam grew up in an orphanage and has no recollection of his life prior to the age of six, he has worked hard to get where he is today and he is the first man since her fiancé Kevin was ripped away from her to make her feel like she is not alone. She can't remember ever being happier.... til she walks in on Adam in bed with another woman. Devastated, she cuts him out of her life immediately, but when a stranger shows up at her door revealing secrets of Adam's past, Paige is faced with some very difficult decisions. Knowing what she knows now- how hard is she willing to fight, and what will she endure for the man she loves?
I need someone to hold me. I need someone who makes me feel safe and loved and who makes me forget about the rest of the world. I sigh. I need Adam. I sit up straight and push my shoulders back. I will not lose him. No way.
First, I think it's important for you to know that I would not categorize this book as a romance- though the theme of love is strongly woven throughout the book, it's more about one woman's emotional journey for the man she loves and the utter chaos she lives through everyday to help him and keep him. This deals heavily with Alzheimer's disease & D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and the effects they have on everyone involved. Paige's character is tested, her strength is stretched to the limit, and she is put in situations that no one who hasn't been in her shoes could possibly understand. If your looking for a glittery hearts and flowers romance, this is not it. This book will pull at you heart in the worst possible way and just when you think things are stating to look up, you get dealt a final death blow. And while the ending is not what some would consider an HEA, I couldn't see it ending any other way and your at least left with some closure. It really was a powerful story about what you would be willing to endure for love and at what point do you give up because maybe it just wasn't meant to be. Hats off to this author for bringing us such an incredibly intense and unique story that most definitely does not fall into the 'cook-cutter romance' mold.
Life throws us curve balls all the time. Sometimes it gets so hard that we think we will not survive. But mankind is made of sterner stuff than that. Our will to survive will not go unchallenged. We rise up again and again to fight for this precious, amazing and delicate gift we have been given. For life, for love, and for everything in between.
Wife, mother of 3, businesswoman by day and writer by night, Melissa is the author of The Legacy and The Legion (books 1 and 2 of The Legacy Trilogy), and she is currently writing the final installment of the trilogy, The Legend.
Melissa is also the self-published author of the stand-alone novels Rainfall and The Traveler (available on Amazon).
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”
She lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, South Africa