Friday, August 19, 2011

The Husband She Couldn't Remember by Maggie Shayne

If you woke up out of a coma and had no idea who you were or where you were, what would you do?  If you found an address in the lining of coat, would you be brave enough to go there to see what you would find?

Harlequin Treasury is reprinting books first issued in the 1990's.  They are offering them on Net Galley and that's where I snagged my copy for review (thank you both).  Ms. Shayne's books have always sold well for me (as a bookseller) so I expected this would be a good read.  It certainly was.

The author picked an unusual disease to inflict on her main character.  It's a terminal disease that offers no hope.  So when Ben found Penny had died in an auto accident that probably wasn't any accident, he tried to accept that.  All he could focus on was the fact that he had lost her and his heart would never been the same.

When the woman in the coma awakens and finds the doctor and nurse are not telling her the whole truth, she sets out to find out who she is and why no one come to visit while she was in the hospital.

Ben recognizes her as she observes him from afar, but his family is trying hard not to treat him as if he's crazy since they've never seen her.  They all know she's dead.  Then he finds Penny at her grave site.  And she doesn't have the faintest idea who he is; or who Penny is for that matter.  He's attractive, but she feels no emotional tie to him.

They both have some obstacles to overcome before the relationship can go back to normal.  Peggy needs to discover who she is now.  Ben needs to adjust to the fact that this Peggy is different from the woman he married.  If that wasn't enough, someone is after Penny and she's in danger...

This story flows well, tells an interesting tale, and has plenty of excitement go around.  It reads up pretty fast.  Not to worry, there are a lot more Maggie Shayne books can read if you want more.  Why not start with Penny and Ben and then venture into some more of her stories?  They're a great beach read.

Happy reading.

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