Casee‘s review of Summer of Two Wishes by Julia London.
Whose wife was she?
Macy Lockhart’s life shattered in a moment with the news that her husband, Finn — serving in the military overseas — has been killed in the line of duty. Their ardent and devoted marriage is over, leaving Macy alone, empty, directionless. But while she tries to sustain herself with memories of Finn, the quiet, strong man who made her and their small Texas ranch the center of his life, it is wealthy Wyatt Clark who slowly brings joy back into her life. Her love for Wyatt may be less romantic than the breathless passion she’d once shared with Finn, but she vows to cherish him, and their marriage is happy and as solid as a rock. Until the day that Finn, miraculously spared from death, returns home to claim his bride….
Okay, I keep saying that I’m not fond of love triangles. Yet here I am again, with another one. Honestly the love triangles that are the most emotional to read are when both of the men are good heroes. Srsly. It makes it verrah sad b/c you know that one of these two men (who are both in love with the heroine) is going to get his heart broken.
Spoiler alert: There will be lots of spoilers ahead, including who Macy ends up with.
When Macy’s husband is killed in Iraq, it takes her a long time to pick up the pieces. Wyatt Clark was a big part of that. When she married him, they both knew that she didn’t love him the same way she loved Finn Lockhart, but they were both okay with that. Wyatt was in love with Macy and he was content that Macy loved him in return. The fact that she didn’t love him the same way didn’t much bother him. Until her husband returns from the dead.
Finn was a prisoner of the Taliban for three years before he escaped. All he is looking forward to is going home, getting his wife, and starting his life right where he left off. That’s a problem when he discovers that Macy has remarried. Not only that, but she isn’t sure that she should leave Wyatt at all.
I think that Julia London did a spectacular job of writing the inner turmoil that Macy went through. Finn was the one and three years hasn’t changed that. But she also loves Wyatt and can’t easily set that aside. It’s apparent from early on who she is going to choose. Still, getting to the point where she can actually say it out loud is another story.
The book really was sad. Macy didn’t want to hurt Wyatt, but she doesn’t want to dissolve her marriage to Finn. There’s a point when Wyatt realizes Macy has chosen that he turns into a real dick. He ends up making up for it, but it was still very sad. At the end of the book, JL said she was writing another Cedar Creek book. I only hope that Wyatt gets his happily ever after.
3.75 out of 5.
This book is available from Pocket Star. You can buy it here.