If you are talking about a second chance romance, the story in this book, from the first glance, seems to be like a lot of other stories we have read before: When they were younger, the boy and the girl fall in love. The boy made mistakes, the girl left, the boy came back and he won her back. BUT, here is the big “BUT” because the way JM Darhower executed the story, the way she wrote it is so brilliant. It is not cliched nor cheesy, it is not predictable nor ordinary.
It is seasoned, it is matured and it is polished.
We have the story being told in present and past. What I found most brilliant about it is the fact that it almost seems like two stories being told in parallel in the same book. While their story in the past is getting worse, their reconciliation in the present is getting better. I love the way it is written. I started the book late at night and I couldn’t put it down. It is so very gripping and the writing is effortlessly beautiful. The interactions between the characters are so realistic, it doesn’t feel like fiction, it feels like real life conversations. There are so many places that I have laughed out loud and so many places where I thought I would have said the same thing too.
The character development is also one of the best I have seen. The hero and heroine are familiar but are also very different. They are adult and matured and have more life experience which I appreciate very much. It is so refreshing to read a romance where the characters are so polished in the sense that they talk sense, they act like grow ups, they appreciate what happened in the past because that’s what made them the person today. All of these go back to JM Darhower’s effortless writing. I just love it. I love Jonathan, I love Kennedy, one of my favourite couples.
Also I want to make an honourable mention for Maddie, their daughter. What a character and what a spirit. I love her part so much. She easily has become one of my favourite characters of all time. Her part has added so much more to the story, I have truly loved every minute of it.
In all, this probably is the best second chance romance I have ever read. I want more of their story, I am not ready to let them go just yet. I am going to reread it, right about now!
Title: Ghosted; Author: J.M.Darhower;