Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cold Feet by Amy FitzHenry

Emma is getting married.  Her mother says she has to work and will miss the rehearsal dinner.  Her father left when she was six months old.  She loves Sam, no question of that.  But when her own mother hasn't been a shining example of a married woman and her father deserted her as a baby, can she marry and live happily ever after?  Or is she doomed before she starts?

Penguin sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today, so you can grab a copy now.

Emma and Liv are going to take the week before the wedding off and go to a spa that Sam reserved for them.  It's almost a bachelorette party but they aren't thinking of men, just relaxing.  As they are chatting after their arrival Emma mentions her father.  They're not far from where she thinks he lives.  Pretty soon Liv is suggesting they go look for him.  So much for the spa.  They check out and go to a rental in the local area.

The search is long and uncertain.  What she finds out shatters her life and she hates her mother for never having told her.  She also finds out that Sam was untrue to her early in their relationship and she's almost totally devastated by the news.  She won't let him explain either.  The whole situation seems hopeless.  Her mother takes time off work to visit her (she NEVER does that) and she tells her what she needs to do.  She even buys her a plane ticket.  And she says it's her one chance to save things.  Emma thinks about it for a long time but she does catch the plane.  Sometimes life is tough and things happen that hurt but if you can survive you get stronger and smarter as you grow. 

The search for her father was fascinating.  They tried all kinds of tricks to locate him, but the ones they found weren't him.  There are some surprises in this story.  Emma came from a dysfunctional family and part of her problem is trust.  Most of us have a touch of that.  I'm glad Emma found her way out of the quandary she was in.

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