Thursday, January 4, 2018

REVIEW: Here To Stay by Suanne Laqueur


Here To Stay ends the epic reading marathon I've had this Christmas break. Erik and Daisy's final book was the perfect reading companion while I was down with the flu. I feel like I've been a part of their lives for these last few days--it's been such fulfilling experience to see how they moved forward, together.  Their story's continuation was not without bumps in the road and it was gratifying to see how far they'd come when they encountered these..and to see that Laqueur didn't make them suddenly perfect now that they were together. It's one of the many reasons I've come to look forward to diving into anything Laqueur writes --the characters are so real and awkward and react precisely how I'd think many of us would. It's because of this and the way she creates a storyline that is compelling and secondary characters that enhance everything that's going on that I'll be one-clicking everything she writes from here forward. 


"You can't sort of do this, Fish. Draw a line and get on one side or the other."

Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to her award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond forged in their youth has endured. But when your soulmate has caused you indescribable pain, how easy is it to forgive? How much trust is needed to place your heart back into the hands that once broke it? How much faith does it take to ask the question, "Do you still want me?" and believe in the reply: “I still want us.”

Erik and Daisy commit to creating a new life together. They are separated by geography, loyal to career commitments and burdened with lingering pain from a decade spent apart. Yet despite the challenges, Erik knows Daisy is the best thing to happen to him twice. 

Slowly Erik earns back Daisy’s love as well as the trust of his incomparable friend, Will Kaeger. Both relationships grow deeper and more complex, as do Erik’s ties to the past. Unexpected contact with distant cousins offers new insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped so much of Erik’s adult life. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to meet his people, explore his family’s history and learn about the men who wore his heirloom necklace before him.

The cathedral once torn down is rebuilt. But a love affair is never a finished thing. Life is never without its tragedies. Daisy and Erik soon face a threat more harrowing than gunfire, more sorrowful than the lost years. With Will at his back and family close by, Erik must fight for the things he once walked away from and prove his love is here to stay.

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