Book Review – From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

Posted October 20, 2017 by Geybie in Book Review / 18 Comments

From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone
Published on: October 10, 2017
Pages: 354
POV: Dual First Point of View
Source: Purchase
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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From This Moment by Melanie Harlow is a standalone book that follows a woman named Hannah who is a single parent to her daughter, Abby, after losing her husband eighteen months ago. His husband’s sudden death has crashed her world. Still drowning in her sorrow and mourning her late husband who had been the love of her life, her life once again was turned upside down when her late husband’s brother, Wess, came back to town.

Wess had been in Africa working for Doctors Without Borders for years. He had rarely come home during Hannah and Drew’s marriage. Having been depressed for missing her husband for more than a year, seeing him was like seeing a ghost for Hannah. He reminded her of her late husband and brought back all the sorrow she has been feeling since her husband’s death.

My thoughts:

This book had me frustrating much more than I had ever anticipated. It had some parts I enjoyed and some that didn’t work for me. Moreover, the book cover and the story didn’t match in my opinion. I was actually surprised when I first read the blurb. I wish they could have chosen a different cover to better represent the story. However, I wasn’t a cover person, so it didn’t bother me as much.

The first thing that bothered me was the timeline issues. I wasn’t a math geek but I couldn’t ignore them when they were mentioned more than twice throughout the story. One of them was her daughter’s age and the date of her husband’s death. They didn’t match no matter how hard I tried to make sense out of it and they were bothering me. I had to reread some parts more than once which both slowing my reading process and frustrating me at times.

The other thing was the insta-love with poor build-up. I am not a fan of insta-love but I don’t mind it if it is accompanied by an amazing build-up, especially in this kind of story. It was hard for me to believe that she really loved Wess when not even a month ago she seemed to still be so depressed by her husband’s passing. I didn’t see their connection being deeper than lust. It felt very physical, born of both loneliness and depression.

The way they tried to make right of the whole situation sometimes felt forced. It was uncomfortable to read the parts when her late husband was mentioned at times. It was as if the main characters were trying to convince ME (the reader) that what they believed was the truth instead of me experiencing it myself with them.  Hence, I wasn’t feeling any emotions and connection with them as a couple.

The only character that I loved was Wess. He was such a wonderful man any woman could ask–patient, loyal, loving, and caring. A great friend to his friends, a great son to his parents, and an amazing lover. He didn’t hesitate to defend the ones he loved and always wanted the best for everyone. His feelings for Hannah were admirable and the way he interacted with Hannah’s daughter, Abby, was heart melting. He was such a wonderful, too-good-to-be-true character everyone would fall in love with.

“I don’t care what anyone says. I’ve loved you since the day I met you, and I’ll love you until the day I die. And I will never, ever believe it was supposed to be any other way.”

In addition to Wess, the forbidden love and the small-town issues were the things I enjoyed in this story. How people in a small town reacting to certain things perceived as a scandal or an affair was entertaining to read. Those issues felt real which I think most readers could relate to.

All in all, despite my issues, I did enjoy some parts of From This Moment by Melanie Harlow which I believe many readers would as well. I hope this review doesn’t dissuade you from giving this book a try. Fans of forbidden, single mother, small-town romance might love this book.

”I knew the moment I saw you that you were the one. The one I’d always love. The one I’d always dream about. The one I’d always wish was mine.”


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18 responses to “Book Review – From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

    • Yeah, it didn’t unfortunately. But it is still a great read. It’s gotten lots of great reviews on GR, so I’m in the minority here. You might love it. 😊

  1. Beware Of The Reader

    Well Geybie you had what I would call Beta Reader’s goggles on! These are the ones I wear when beta reading and trying to spot inconsistencies, mistakes etc. Too bad it did not work so well for you but I can understand why it annoyed you!

  2. The whole, falling for a dead partner’s relative trope, has always bugged me. I get that it probably happens sometimes, but I just…can’t wrap my head around it myself. The timeline issues would also drive me crazy (I can forgive some inconsistencies, but not things like that!)

    I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you, but it sounds like you were still able to enjoy some aspects of it 🙂

  3. Oh no!! I’m sorry this book didn’t work for you. The synopsis sounds so sweet and heartbreaking. I did have the same issue as you with the last Melanie Harlow book I read though, both the cover and the synopsis didn’t really match what I was reading and really distracted me from the overall book. I think I may stay away from this read – thank for for the great, honest review! 🙂 <3

  4. I just purchased this last week, after reading your review I’m not in a hurry to get to it. I’m also not a fan of insta-love, Another great review Geybie.

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