Me Without You

If you enjoyed Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, One Day by David Nicholls, or The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – then make time for Kelly Rimmer’s stunning, heartbreaking new novel Me Without You.

A story of how love can break our hearts – and heal them.

A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn’t believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close.

Lilah MacDonald – beautiful, opinionated, stubborn and all kinds of wonderful in ways that words could never quite capture. The woman who taught me to live again.

My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart.

My name is Callum Roberts, and this is our story.

Me Without You is a book to make you smile, bring you to tears and remind you to hold on tightly to those you love.

The Author:

Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

My review:  ☆☆☆☆

I have confession to make. One way for you to check if I really liked a book is to ask me : ‘Did it make you laugh? Or did you cry?’. If a book makes me laugh at the conversation and some turn of phrase, then you will know I really liked it. But if it made me cry, then you’ll know that I loved it!

Kelly Rimmer’s ‘Me Without You’ is one that really made me cry. But before I cried, I smiled through the way Lilah and Callum met and how they hit it off so beautifully. The book is told in alternate points of view from both of them.

The author has done a stellar job with both characters – you’ll love them and yet, get frustrated with their choices, from time to time. But most of all their deep emotions expressed so well, will make you cry.

The ending is heartbreaking and yet you will celebrate a triumph of love winning over everything else.

Royally Romanov

Having quite recently read Gill Paul’s, The Secret Wife, dealing with a similar subject, I was curious to see another version of the famous royal mystery told in Royally Romanov.

Synopsis of Royally Romanov via Goodreads

In this charming modern day retelling of the 1956 classic Anastasia, a museum curator falls for a mysterious man who may or may not be a long lost heir to Russia’s imperial Romanov dynasty.

Finley Abbot is organizing the most prestigious art exhibit of her career at the Louvre museum—a retrospective of art from the House of Romanov. But the sudden appearance of Maxim Romanov threatens to turn her into the biggest laughingstock of the art world. When she finds herself falling in love, she realizes there’s even more at stake than her career. How can she trust a man with her whole world when he can’t remember a thing about his past?

After suffering a violent blow to the head, Maxim’s only clue to his identity is a notebook containing carefully researched documentation in his own handwriting indicating that he is the sole surviving descendant of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, previously thought dead in the murder of her family during Russia’s Bolshevik revolution. His struggle to put the mysterious pieces of his past back together leads him to Finley. At first, she’s convinced Maxim is nothing but a con artist. But there’s something undeniably captivating about the beautiful, brooding man who claims to be searching for his identity—something Finley can’t quite bring herself to resist. When he reveals a secret about one of the imperial Fabergé eggs in the collection, she accepts he may actually be telling the truth. But as soon as Finley and Maxim act on their feelings for one another, Maxim is confronted with evidence that calls into question everything he’s begun to believe about himself.

About the author:

Teri Wilson’s novel Unleashing Mr. Darcy is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, and she currently has two other films in development with Hallmark. She’s also at HelloGiggles.com, a lifestyle and entertainment website founded by Zooey Deschanel. Teri loves books, travel, animals and dancing every day. Visit her at TeriWilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonAuthr.

ROYALLY ROMANOV
Teri Wilson
The Royals Series, Volume 2
Pocket Star EBook
$4.99
ISBN 9781501160509

My review: ☆☆☆☆

I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and the romance of this book. I love how Finley and Maxim attempt to fight their attraction to each other, but are drawn together by a deep connection.

As I mentioned at the start it was the Romanov plot line that drew me to this book and I love how the author allowed that to play out.

My only grievance with this book is that it got over too fast for me! 😉