Title: Still The One
Author: Robin Wells
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
Print ISBN: 978-0446555982
eBook ISBN: 978-0446569699
Length: 432 Pages
After Katie Charmaine's husband is killed in Iraq, all she has left is a closet full of his clothes, a few pictures, and fond memories. She not only lost her love, but her last chance to have the children she's always wanted. Until Zack Ferguson shows up in town . . . with the daughter Katie gave up for adoption nearly seventeen years ago.
Zack Ferguson has never forgotten Katie, or the one magical night they spent together. Seeing her again brings up a tidal wave of emotions: regret over the way he left her, anger at the secret she kept, and desire he hasn't felt in years. But he's in town for Gracie. Their daughter is sixteen, angry at the world, and-worst of all-pregnant. She needs the love of her two parents now more than ever. Can these three forgive the hurts of the past and open their hearts to each other?
I loved this book by Ms. Wells, this is the first book by her that I have read. This story has all of the elements that I look for in a good love story, some things that take place are somewhat predictable but that is okay with me if the story is good and the plot is excellent.
The main character of this story is Katie Carmichael, a widow whose husband died in Iraq serving his country. Katie has been stuck emotionally and doesn't even realize it, she thinks she is just suffering from grief. She still has all of the pictures that were taken over the years with her husband up on her walls and all over her house, she also has all of his clothing hanging in the closet and all of his things in the dresser. She gets along great with both of her in laws, who just happen to be in town. Circumstances however force her to re-evaluate her life, the man she loved and had a one night stand with comes to town with their daughter that she had given up for adoption. How Katie grows thru this situation is completely heartwarming.
The second main character is Zach Ferguson, the young man that Katie had a fling with, who is now a very successful businessman. Zach is carrying his own emotional baggage and doesn't believe that there is such a thing as true love and certainly doesn't think much of marriage, he is forced to face what he has been running from in his life too. I was really touched by how his character grows throughout this book. He has been faced by their daughter and has decided that they will be a family unit for the time being to get things on track for her sake. He is put in the situation of having to deal with a teenager going thru a situation of her own.
The third major character, Gracie, is Katie and Zach's teenage daughter. It is the death of her adoptive parents that acts as a catalyst to all of the events that shape this book. Her unplanned pregnancy drives her to seek out her birth parents, she's very hostile at the beginning of this book and the growth of her character is a joy to watch.
The other characters in this book are also a joy to read, from friends to Katie's in-laws. In fact the entire town plays a part in this book and demonstrates both the good and bad of living in a small town. I wanted to live in this fictional town after reading this book.
I highly recommend this book as a heartwarming contemporary romance with lots of family drama!
My Rating: 5 Out of 5 Crowns