Review: Someone Like You by Marie Force (Wild Widows #1)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Wildfire Marketing Solutions.
"I don't like the new normal."
"None of us do, sweetie. But what choice do we have but to embrace what is while honoring what was?"
I'll be honest, my expectations for this book were astronomically high. After all, we're talking about the first in a new series from Marie Force, and not just any new series either. Wild Widows is a spin-off of the author's uber popular and much loved Fatal series--which is one of my all-time favorites of any genre--and you can imagine the sort of legacy this new series has to live up to while also creating its own. But I needn't have worried because this truly inspiring series starter surpassed any and all of my lofty expectations.
Someone Like You is the first Wild Widows novel, and it's set in Washington, D.C. The series is about a support group of the same name composed of widows and widowers and has one requirement--aside from the obvious--and that is members must be open to the possibility of a second chance at love, aka their chapter two. The newest person to join their ranks is Veronica Connolly, a widow at twenty-nine after her husband of three and a half months--the man she's loved for nearly a decade--was killed by a stray bullet. This book is Roni's journey as she learns to live, and maybe even love, again.
I was prepared with a box of tissues going into this book, and I made good use of it, thank you very much. Five Years Gone and One Year Home were the two books by Marie Force that have made me weep, and now, you can add Someone Like You to that list. Roni's loss and the aftermath that she lives through is heartrending, but her story is one filled with hope as well. I love how the past is honored and respected, how the present is promising but we're reminded that it's okay to not be okay, and how the future is anything you want it to be--you just have to be open to the possibilities. This book is on my shortlist for my top reads for 2022 and for five-plus-starred reasons.
Release Date: 15 February 2022
Date Read: 10 February 2022
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