Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: October 10, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
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.
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.”