A tragic accident took everything that mattered to Rome Mattews -- his wife, Diana, and their two little boys. And it robbed Sarah Harper of her best friend. In the two years since the tragedy, Sarah has wanted to reach out to Rome, but she knew she needed to stay away, guarding the secret she had kept from him and Diana all those years -- that she was in love with her best friend's husband.
But now Rome needs her. And though another woman will hold his heart forever, Sarah agrees to be his wife, knowing that everything has a price, including love. Then something totally unexpected rekindles her hidden hope that a marriage of convenience will become a union of love. Now it all comes down to her husband. Will Rome keep fighting his own growing need for a woman who dares him to believe there are second chances in life . . . or will he give in to the power of love and miracles?
This was a good book by Linda Howard, but not one that everyone will enjoy. The relationship between the Sara and Rome could be considered frustrating, to say the least, and while it would be great to have someone love you to the extent that she loved him, I didn't like that she put up with some of the stunts he pulled. I would have rather seen her put him in his place one good time. That being said, I still love Linda Howard and did enjoy this book.
Sarah's Child was one of those books that broke my heart and kept on breaking it. How could you not when you read about a man who loses everything when he finds out his wife and two children were killed after being hit by a drunk driver. That's what this book is about. Rome was a man who felt he had it all. He had money, a career on the rise, a wife he adored and who adored him back, and two beautiful little boys. Yet all of that was reduced to nothing but memories when in an instant it was taken away from him.
A few years after burying his wife and children, Rome is packing his family's belongs to donate. Rome no longer lives in their home and is donating everything that reminds him of them. Rome can no longer see his family's possessions without breaking down. When he comes across a box of momentos from his wife, Diane, he calls his wife's best friend Sarah and asks her if she wants anything before he destroys them. Of course she takes them and it's then during this encounter that he kisses her. He's had feelings for Sarah since before he married Diane, but he never did anything about it because he was a faithful man. Rome know's is unreasonable to being lashing out at Sarah for allowing him to make a move but he does it anyways. He regrets it afterwards but once the words are out he cannot take them back. It's after he apologizes that their relationship begins. It's a friendship that develops quickly because of their shared loss.
This story is primarily about Rome loving Sarah, but his inability to move past the death of Diane. Even after he marries Sarah the wall around his heart never leaves. His fear of loosing another person he loves is so strong that Rome constantly says and does things that would make any woman made, but Sarah understands where it comes from and is patient with him.
If you like intense characters with a sad history then this book is for you. This book was the perfect length, not too short and not too long. I love books that I can finish quickly and that has intense characters. I loved this story and I know many others will too.