Ready to Love Again
by Annalyse Knight
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-321-8
“You’ve already lost one love in your lifetime — don’t let Katie be the second.”
After a bitter divorce, Katie Rodriquez moves with her nine-year-old son, Shawn, to California to take a job at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A fresh start is exactly what she and her son need. However, a fateful stroll on a Carmel beach turns her world upside down when she meets a handsome doctor who is struggling with his own past.
Dr. Chase O’Donnell had everything a man could ask for when a tragic accident changed his life forever. Tortured by his memories, he locks away his grief to care for his two children, refusing to face what his loss has done to him and the people he loves most.
Katie’s son is a rowdy child with a good heart, so it is a bit of a surprise when Shawn befriends the quiet and thoughtful Tony O’Donnell. Tony’s love for baseball draws Shawn into his world, and from then on, they are inseparable. It is only a matter of time before they bring their parents together again in a surprising twist of fate. However, Tony’s older sister, Liz, doesn’t like the new boy who is prone to catching critters and teasing girls. Liz isn’t very happy with the idea of her father having a new girlfriend, either. Loyal to a fault and haunted by the fear of abandonment, she lashes out and refuses to accept the new woman in her father’s life.
Katie and Chase must find the strength to rebuild their lives while juggling the demands of careers and single parenthood. When Chase’s daughter lashes out, they soon discover that the price of their romance is too high. To heal his family’s pain, they both must risk losing each other. Facing unresolved guilt and anger, will they have the courage to learn to love again?
A beautiful story of second chances at love Ready to Love Again pulled me in immediately. Through the impactful writing of Annalyse Knight, I found myself sighing with emotion, laughing at the silliness and enjoying the comfort of each character.
Katie Rodriguez is finally putting her happiness and that of her sons happiness first. Having left an unhappy marriage she is setting out for a new beginning on the coast of California along with her 9 year old son, Shawn. She has no way of knowing how this decision for happiness will not only affect herself and Shawn but so many others.
Three years after tragically losing his wife, Dr. Chase O’Donnell is working to establish a new normalcy in his life. Raising his two children with the help of his sister, Gina, he is simply going through the motions of his life, until a beautiful single mother and her son make their way not only into his family but their hearts.
I loved how Katie and Chase both struggled being single adults obviously attracted to one another while balancing the role of parent. The attraction of Katie and Chase is almost instantaneous but both refuse to put that before the needs and feelings of their children. Neither is perfect. Both have made mistakes in handling the loss of the family they each had, but together it seems they can overcome any obstacle.
With the addition of Chase’s spunky sister, Gina, and her fiance Daniel the story is not only of finding love again but of family, friendship and honesty. Each person in the story has their breaking point and they manage to pull one another through the darkness into their forever … together.
About the Author:
Annalyse Knight is a recovering craft addict. She spent many years jumping from one hobby to another until she discovered that writing satisfied all her creative cravings. A stay-at-home mom, Annalyse raised her three children on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Although she and her family later moved to the Sacramento area, the beach, the quiet community, and the beauty of the California coast continue to inspire her writing. She spent several years writing with an online community, and she loved the direct interaction with her readers. Her online participation eventually led to her volunteer at The Writers’ Collective, an online writing workshop group founded to create a supportive community for writers. With her children almost grown, Annalyse decided to take her hobby to the next level and become a published author. Ready to Love Again is her first novel with The Writer’s Coffee Shop.
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Praise for Ready to Love Again
"If you're looking for a beautiful love story with a bit of heartache, fun banter, and beautiful relationships this book is for you. Ready to Love Again is brilliantly written and has believable characters that make you fall in love with them from the very beginning." - Rhiannon Overby Goodreads Review