Release Date: November 15
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4.5 stars - One of the BestReview Copy Provided by Author
Someone to Hold is a book that is hard to review. I want to recommend that everyone read it (and add a small disclaimer), but I want to be careful to not give anything about the story away.
This is the second installment in the Wild Widows series and focuses on group founder Iris as she makes the decision to take steps toward a romantic relationship in the “after.” Iris is a character that we originally met as a secondary in the first book of this series, but it was a pleasure to get to know her better here. She is someone that I would like to be friends with! She’s a wonderful combination of strong and vulnerable and is brutally honest about her grieving process and the highs and lows that come with it.
Ms Force does and excellent job of treating Iris and the whole cast with true grace as they navigate their grief journeys. The journeys portrayed here are mostly positive, but there is an element of honesty from the characters as they acknowledge hard days, struggles, and issues that trigger set backs. Some of the situations presented in Someone to Hold have a certain naïveté in regards to how people tangential to the events will respond, but I think the overall treatment of the situations works for the story being told.
This disclaimer I mentioned earlier has to do with the subject matter. This is definitely more of a “womens fiction book with a romantic story” vs a true romance that some might expect when the see who the author is. The reader’s life experience may make some of the subject matter here more impactful, so I would suggest that be considered before just diving in.
As the second book in a series, Someone to Hold is sequential in timeline. As such, there is a strong presence from the prior main characters. Someone to Hold is a standalone read, but I would suggest going in order for the best series experience.
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