All of Me by Lori Wilde

Wedding Veil Wishes, Book 4

Warner Forever

Contemporary

ISBN: 0446502057, 978-0446502054

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Jillian Samuels doesnít believe in love or happily-ever-after.  The only things she believes in are her job and her friends.  With her best friends all married with families, Jillian is completely set adrift when she loses her mentor and her job in quick succession.  An inherited lakefront cottage seems to be her best chance to start a new life, until she finds the place already occupied!

Tucker Manning is living in his late wifeís fatherís lake house, still mourning her death.  He gave up his career to take care of her when she got sick, and heís never reclaimed it.  Instead he works as a carpenter.  Heís furious when Jillian arrives, claiming to own his house. 

Will sharing the cottage bring two lonely, damaged people together, or destroy them both?

All of Me is the final installment of the Wedding Veil Wishes series, and itís a fitting end.  Outwardly tough but inwardly lonely and hurting, Jillian was easy to sympathize with.  I felt the same way about Tuck, who couldnít seem to heal from the loss of his wife.  There were several times when I wondered if they would ever be able to get past the sorrows theyíd endured and move on to a happy future together.  While there isnít a lot of external conflict, Jillian and Tuckís struggles with their own inner demons almost moved me to tears at a couple of points.  There are a few mystical touches (the wedding veil and the inclusion of an interesting Native American ritual) that add a touch of magic to their relationship.  As always, Lori Wilde did a stellar job of portraying the small-town atmosphere and creating wonderful secondary characters.  Tuckís sister and her husband are especially well done, and their subplot is sweet.  All of Me might not have a lot of action or even a lot of sex, but itís an emotional and fulfilling romance.  

     

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