Sunday, December 7, 2008

Book Review: Her Wedding Wish


Her Wedding Wish (The McKaslin Clan) by Jillian Hart Love Inspired 447 Jun 08

I absolutely loved this book. 2008 Top 10 list – no question. Of all the dozen or so McKaslin Clan books I’ve read, this has been the most heart-wrenching emotion-filled one to date. We were first introduced to Danielle McKaslin Lowell and her husband Jonas a few books back. Then, 2 books back, we found out that Danielle said goodbye to her police officer husband one morning and waved him off to work. It was the last time she ever see the man she married. A few hours later, Danelle was told that her husband, Jonas, had been shot in the line of duty.

Now, Jonas is back but he has no memory of Danielle, their kids, or the life they led. And, the doctors say his memory isn’t coming back because that’s the side of his brain that was shot. Damaged nerves on his left side still present a problem from his legs to his face. He needs a walker to get around and has just re-learned how to do the most basic of tasks.

But when he looks at Danielle, his eyes are emotionless, empty, like that of a stranger.
He rejoins the family but tensions are strained to say the least. He’s a physical presence in their home, but Danielle aches for the touches, the looks, the love that defined their married life. Nothing is the same. And the longer they live this half shelled life, the more Danielle’s heart shrivels with loneliness. She wants her real Jonas back.

Like I said, this book really touched my heart. I cried along with Danielle as she searched her heart to find a love for this new husband God had given her. I cried for Jonas as he tried to fit into a world with a strange woman who looked at him with such...need. And I cried for their children who didn’t understand what had happened to their daddy had gone.

For more info on The McKaslin Clan series 3, go here: http://anitamaedraper.blogspot.com/2008/11/mckaslin-clan-series-by-jillian-hart.html

Heat level: Affectionate

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; Top 10 list)
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2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge: 108 books read

Harlequin Imprint: 101, Others: 7

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2 comments:

  1. My dear Anita, there is no possible way I can read that book. I cannot handle tear-jerkers. Not at all. Tell me, does she write any humorous, light hearted books?

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  2. Hey Kelly, the majority of Jillian Hart's books are 'humorous, light hearted'.

    I think that's why this one tugged at my heart. After a half dozen easy going books, this one radiates pain and honesty, but the ending is so much sweeter for it.

    Upon reflection, Her Wedding Wish might have struck such a deep chord with me because my hubby was a military policeman for 23 yrs. Plus, he served in Bosnia for 6 months. I still have his letters detailing how close he came so many times to not making it back home.

    Times where shots zinged through the soft bodied Jeep he was driving.

    Or ducking while bullets ripped through the thin covering of the aircraft when he first landed in Sarajevo.

    Or leaving a building and having it blow up 50 paces away.

    Yeah...that's probably it.

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