Author: Farrah Rochon
What I’m Talking About:
What happens to a happily married couple after nearly twenty years together? Cherish Me takes a hard and realistic look at the troubles couples can face after many years, life, and kids impact a marriage. There is no one big thing that causes Harrison and Willow to drift apart, but rather the wear and tear of life that takes its toll.
When the book opens, we discover that Harrison and Willow have been living apart for three weeks after she asked him for a break to think things over. She never expected him to leave without a fight, and since we read the story from both Willow and Harrison’s perspectives, we learn neither is happy with the situation. Harrison is frustrated because he honestly doesn’t know what went wrong, which drives him nuts because he’s a fixer and he doesn’t know how to fix things with Willow. Meanwhile, Willow is equally confused because she loves her husband and misses him terribly, but she just can’t figure out why she’s so unhappy.
I appreciate how the author infuses such genuine emotion and realism into the story, without making it overly dramatic. There is no cheating spouse or horrendous situation. Willow and Harrison still love each other deeply but have hit a rough spot. After twenty years, things don’t necessarily flow the same as the did when a couple first gets together. They are scared to talk to one another – more so Willow – because they are both afraid of what the other may think/say/do. And there are no easy fixes in this relationship. They recognize there is a tough road ahead, and there will be bumps in the road. The author doesn’t sugarcoat the situation, but still finds a way for an HEA.
Cherish Me is romantic and touching, sexy and difficult. Willow and Harrison work, because at their core, they love and cherish one another, and they are willing to work for their happily ever after.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
About the Book:
Harrison Holmes has it all: the perfect job, the perfect family, the perfect life. Until it all comes crashing down around him. Of all the problems suddenly complicating his life, the troubling state of his relationship with his wife Willow scares Harrison the most. In an effort to rekindle the dying flames of his once-perfect marriage, he makes plans to whisk Willow off to Italy for their wedding anniversary. But will it be enough, or will Harrison have to face his greatest fear of all, losing the woman he cherishes?
Willow Holmes has the kind of life she’s always dreamed of: a handsome, successful husband, a palatial home in the suburbs, and two remarkable children. So why is she so unhappy? Maybe because she had other dreams that went unfulfilled. Now she’s rethinking the career and life she sacrificed to devote herself to marriage and motherhood. When her husband gifts her with a delayed honeymoon in Rome, Willow sees it as a first step in setting their relationship back on track. But how can she make Harrison see that one trip won’t fix all that ails their marriage? And what will become of them when the secret she’s been keeping comes to light?
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Publisher: Wander Road Press
Series: Holmes Brothers #7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (256 pages), e-book
Book Source: Author