"Once and For Always" reminded me of Stella Cameron's other book, "True Bliss." Although I never get tired of the plot (childhood sweethearts meet up again years later and give it another try... you can't go wrong...), I didn't really feel like I understood the characters' actions. The hero was gorgeous, if a bit shy, but the heroine seemed to be a bit mean towards him in terms of, "We can't be together until..ect. My problems come before you. Ect, ect." And yet in dealing with her problems she seemed to be a bit weak-willed, letting her husband push her around.
I did enjoy most of the book, though. It was a bit too melodramatic for my tastes (I usually prefer a lighthearted one to an angsty one.), but Stella Cameron is a wonderful writer, and she can't really go wrong. She's a master at writing these types of plots.
I'd recommend this book if you prefer those angsty romances with a happy ending. It's a very sweet book, I thought it was very romantic.
Caitlin McBride returns to Wales with her teenage daughter, contemplating divorce, and meets up with Trevor Morgan now a widower who runs the local pub and coaches the school rugby team.
Caitlin seems to be a doormat, buffeted by the demands of her daughter, her mother who wants her to return to her husband, and her manipulative husband. She seems a bit shrill however in respect to the violence she sees in Trevor.
It hit a false note at the end when her mother changes her opinion about Caitlin getting a divorce. She has a thing against Welshmen (she married the exception), she kept saying that Mary needed her father, and she has a self-interest in keeping the marriage together. The about-face was abrupt.
The most admirable characters in the book were her Uncle Thomas who fixes everything and Mary and her boyfriend Owen who seem to be more mature and sure of their love than the adults.
Perhaps I came to this book expecting more since the first grown up romance I read years ago had the same basic plot idea, two young people in love separated by parents and time meeting up again as adults.
One magical summer, two teenagers promised their hearts to each other, never anticipating that fate would keep them apart for twenty years...
Now American designer Caitlin McBride returns to Wales, this time with her troubled teenage daughter, running from a marriage gone terribly wrong. Uncertain, struggling with the path she has taken, she tries to keep Trevor Morgan at a distance. But the rugged Welshman won't ler her forget the feelings that they shared in their past. The boy who loved her once is now a strong, passionate man who wants her for always.
But can love found in innocense survive after all this time? Especially if Caitlain's past refuses to let her go to the future she wants with all her heart...
I have not read this book yet, but if you want to swap I will make sure to put it aside to read.