At forty-two, I’m married to my best friend, and we have two beautiful children.
Everything about my life is perfect until my father gets sick.
Before: I owned and operated a massively successful women’s shapewear company.
After: I stay home with my family because I’ve learned the importance of time.
Before: My husband could rely on me to take care of everything.
After: I hire him the perfect assistant.
My entire life can be summed up in before and afters, but something happens in the middle.
And it changes the course of everyone’s lives forever.
My Review: 4 stars
I absolutely love Marni Mann and her books. She never disappoints me and this was another wonderful book by her.
Jesse and Emery Black have the perfect life. Married for 24 years. Two very successful jobs. Two beautiful, wonderful children. Two different homes. What more could they want.
Jesse has just pulled back from her business to spend time with her kids and husband more when Emery gets a huge job designing a building in Boston. Jesse knows it’s time for him to get an assistant to help with everything – enter Charlotte Scott.
Jesse feels that Charlotte is the perfect assistant for her husband. She is smart, hard-working, persistent, everything Jesse wanted in an assistant for her husband. What Charlotte also is is very pretty. (You read that and you think you know exactly where this book is going don’t you?)
And when you think you have it figured out…… well…… just wait…. because you don’t.
I don’t want to say too much because I feel that you need to go into this book kinda blind in able to enjoy the full experience of the book.
This book is told from 4 points of view: Jesse (before), Jesse (after), Emery, and Charlotte (in 3rd person).
You need all these pieces and POV’s to make the story come full circle.
Marni knows how to write her characters so that you can connect with them. She writes them as everyday people and I feel that helps the readers make those connections with the characters that much easier.
I went back and forth from 4 stars to 5 stars. I chose 4 stars for one reason, I needed just a little bit more of something. Don’t get me wrong, the book was really, really good. But I am have stingy with my 5 stars.
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.
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