Book #92 of 2015: Without You by Lindsay Detwiler


On the surface, Jenna Landsen has it all…
She’s smart, beautiful, confident, and married to Camden Landsen, who happens to be drop dead sexy and just as successful. But after five long years, all the success in the world hasn’t brought the romantic spark back into her marriage. Jenna fears it never will.
When life gives you lemons, open a bakery and name it Vi’s…
Violet Streiff made the exact mistake her mother warned against—she fell in love with Liam Coffman, a charming finance major. When he left her heartbroken to further his career, Violet drowned her sorrows by opening a bakery, and now relies on Bob, her eighteen-pound cat, for warmth at night instead of a sexy man.
To find love, sometimes you first have to discover yourself…
When Jenna’s job offers an extended trip to New York, she packs her bags and takes a two-month vacation from life. The chance of her marriage surviving looks grim, until the surprise of a lifetime throws a wrench in her plans to stay in the Big Apple for good.
You can bend the rules—but sooner or later they’ll break…
When Violet meets a gloomy but totally drool-worthy guy named Camden in her shop, she’s sure her luck has changed. There’s no denying the chemistry, but he’s married, and that’s a major problem. Violet isn’t a homewrecker. Still, staying away from Camden proves nearly impossible. That is, until his wife comes home.
Two women.
Two men.
Double the chance to find love in the most
unexpected places—or double the chance for disaster.

I recieved a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Without You is the second book from Detwiler that I have read. Though I did like it and I could relate to it at points, I liked the first book better. It was more because this one hit home with me.

I’ve stopped airing out my laundry on my blog a while ago, but I can definitely relate to Jenna’s feelings of stagnation. It’s been something that I personally have had a problem with and I’m sure other married couples have gone through it. I found my own way of finding a niche for me (and am still working on it), but I am glad I never did what happened in Jenna’s life.

It was realistic, worrying, and showed me a life that could have happened if I went the route Jenna did. I instead found hobbies and took enjoyment in some domestic work (baking and ironing are favorites. I’m beginning to like cleaning as well). However, the emotions Jenna went through were worries of my own as well. Funny thing, I’ve been married for almost five years now (same amount of time as Jenna and Camden).

Violet’s storyline was more enjoyable for me because it was an escape. I was able to live her life without the echoing of previous worries. Violet was sweet, caring, and had a lot going for her. I was happy to see her ending.

From the blurb, I’m sure you can figure out what happens, but I was surprised at how everyone ended up. I wasn’t expecting the ending Detwiler had. I was expecting something open ended like her first book or something bittersweet.

All in all, it was an easy book to get into and I did like the characters. I find it interesting that the animals are named after Detwiler’s own pets. It’s just a fun tidbit that makes me smile. This is a nice contemporary work that pulls on the strings and may invoke your own worries in wherever you are in relationships.

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