Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Hunter Cross and Trina Levine are single parents thrown together by the bond between their respective daughters, Clara and Phoebe. As their friendship is becoming much more, promises of forever love are made. But Hunter is a soldier and has to leave for a yearlong deployment. Trina accepts his offer of house-sitting and takes care of his daughter Clara alongside her own daughter during his absence. Hunter is injured during an explosion and comes back earlier than planned. His homecoming is not at all what Trina expected it would be. Hunter suffers from post-traumatic amnesia and has forgotten recent events, including his love for Trina and the promises they made. He is distant and feels unable to meet Trina’s expectations. He is deeply unsettled by the gaps in his memory. Trina feels powerless and betrayed, but she can’t forget the connection they had. However, a separation seems unavoidable when Trina is offered a job in L.A.
My emotions were all over the place while reading this book and my heart broke for Hunter and Trina. Their beautiful love story was shattered. The road to healing would be a long and rocky one for Hunter, but so worth the effort. He could rely on Trina’s support, although I felt that he made things difficult for her sometimes. She was a strong, courageous and loving heroine.
Overall, To Have and to Hold was a powerful and emotional story of second chance at love and forgiveness, with some lighter moments thanks to the meddling of Clara, Phoebe and Hunter’s mother.
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review