Book Forty-Three of 2014: LOVE REDESIGNED by Jo Iles

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For five years it’s been just the two of them: Holly and her mischievous five-year-old son, Harry. Just mother and son, muddling along happily together. Until the morning when Daniel Madison—Holly’s estranged husband, and Harry’s father—shows up on their doorstep, asking to know his son. 
At first, Holly resists exposing Harry to a father who never wanted children in the first place, a father who may not stick around for long. But to her amazement, the arrogant, childish Daniel she once knew seems to have softened, matured. He takes immediately to Harry, and Harry to him. What’s even more surprising is that Daniel’s arrival has reawakened powerful feelings in Holly: feelings she thought she’d left behind long ago. And he appears to feel just as strongly about her. 
Now Holly must decide: How much has Daniel really changed? Can she rely on him to be a father to Harry? And can a love that once failed her be… redesigned?

This book is a seriously quick read. I was able to finish it in around four hours. The writing isn’t difficult to get into and it’s separated into three parts: Holly, Daniel, and Holly again. I liked the book, but I feel that it was lacking in some things.

For instance, there is a huge amount of emotion. I found myself feeling what Holly was feeling in part one. However, once part two comes along, you are left wondering how Daniel could be a good person in Holly’s eyes. The issues that Holly hints at aren’t really discussed and neither is the involvment of Daniel’s mother in their separation. On top of that, I don’t understand why Holly never took care of business once they were separated.

Anyways, Holly is a typical mom: strong, but working off the seat of her pants. Daniel seems to be a guy who loves control and can be sweet, but he clearly lacks cahonies figuring it took years to look for them (how close in proximity they are will make you want to lunge and beat Daniel to a pulp).

The storyline is a bit predictable, but the emotions I felt during the read really astounds me. I don’t think I’ve had an emotional response to a book in at least a few books ago. The fact that there was a response makes me like this book. Honestly, I wish there was more. I’m left with some questions, but no answers.

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