I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As a fan of Sarah Goodman's work, I have to say she has this talent of allowing you to completely fall in love with all her characters. Every single one. It's like one big family you wish you were apart of. Life's Next Chapter is no exception. While this can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend that after your read this one, you go back and read book one, Life's Perfect Plan.
"I want you...I want you to be mine. Since the moment I met you, I've wanted you to be mine. You're everything I want and need, and so much more."
Dr. Kate Caldwell is currently raising her twin girls after divorcing her cheating cop ex-husband. As a veterinarian of her own practice and a full time mom, her days are filled. She's pretty much just living. Until Luke. Luke Ashton works for a contractor company that is currently renovating Kate's clinic. The moment Kate said "Oh Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, my womb just started to spasm.". Gah. Luke. He's pretty much my dream man. Not only is he devastatingly good looking (HAVE YOU SEEN THE COVER?! HELLO GORGEOUS!), but he's one of the most genuine, sincere hero in a book I've ever met (or read...). There is an instant attraction between both Luke and Kate. But, they're both hesitant at first. Kate has a past and wants to concentrate on her girls, while Luke has baggage that many women can't even begin to deal with. Luke and Kate's journey to each other is such a beautiful one. Two people given difficult circumstances are allowed another chance at life. At love.
"You told me in your letter to fall, and you would catch me. Well now that you caught me, please don't ever let go."
As Kate and Luke get to know each other, their attraction grows stronger. Soon enough, it's inevitable that they fall for each other. There is no insta love here. What Luke and Kate have is real. Despite past heartache, they both have laid themselves bare. They look at their past as part of there journey to each other. There is an incident that occurs that I did not see coming. Their relationship and faith in each other is tested time and time again. In tragedy, they became each other's strength. Their love conquered it all.
"I want nothing more than to be permanently in your life. I've waited my whole adult life for you. You and those girls are everything, and more, to me. I would like to aim for infinity with you."
What I love most about Sarah's writing is the voices of her characters. It takes contemporary romance to another level. They are strong. Kate is a beautiful, intelligent woman. She is a wonderful mother. She knows what she wants in life and she goes for it. Luke is a hard working man. He is everything you want as a partner in life. His love for Kate knows no boundaries. Even when their relationship faced unthinkable obstacles, he was always there to pick up the pieces and make them whole again. The group of family and friends is also one of my favorite parts of this series. They make this story wholesome and funny. This series is the type where you easily become lost in for an entire day.
Life's Next Chapter is romantic, sexy, and highly emotional. It is a story that attests that we all get a second chance at loving and living. That true love trumps everything. That in all things, choose love. I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to get into the third book. If you want true romance that will make you FEEL, then the Life Series is for you.
Sarah is a native to Central Florida where she lives with her husband and three sons. Besides being a wife and mom, she is also a teacher. During her spare time she loves to read, write, spend her time at the ball fields cheering on her boys and relaxing at the beach.
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