Annette K. Larsen
From the publisher:
A proper, clean romance. For all those who have suffered in silence, no matter the hardship. Everyone deserves a voice. Marriage wasn’t bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can’t give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happiness, and reclaim the ability to trust. When her charming neighbor intrudes on her quiet life, she must determine whether his interest is genuine, and whether he deserves the fragile bit of trust she has managed to scrape together. However, trusting is a risk, and she has vowed never to put herself at the mercy of someone else’s whims. Can Marilee take that chance, knowing how terribly she’s chosen before? She doesn’t know if she can survive being wrong again.
Last year I read Just Ella And Missing Lily, by Larsen, so when I heard she had another book coming out, I was pretty excited to read it. Saving Marliee came out in April and is one of the books on my summer reading list.
If you haven’t read the other books by Larsen that’s okay, but if you have, then you know that these are all about a family of sisters. But each story can be read individually and the reader won’t get lost. I LOVE that. Don’t get me wrong, I love a series, but sometimes I just want a good stand alone story….but at the same time sometimes I wonder what has happened to some of the characters, so this is just perfect for me. (Sarah M. Eden does this too – which I love!) The characters tie together just right. And from reading Annette’s blog, there will be more books to follow!
Back to Marilee….
This book was favorite. It touched on some deeper issues. Because of the plot, it did did seem a little more serious than her other books. But it was subject that needed some seriousness. And not so much fluff. At the same time the book was not heavy or hard to read. It was clean and enjoyable. I really enjoyed watching Marliee develop throughout the book.
I totally recommend this book. If you haven’t read Larsen’s other books (and have time) then go back and read them all in order. But if not, read this one. It’s a top pick. I can’t wait to see more from Larsen in the future.