When Zanny Franks Campbell walks in on her husband kissing another woman, she’s devastated but not surprised. She’s known something was wrong for a while but hasn’t had the courage to find out what. Now the ugly truth is coming out, and she isn’t sure she believes John’s protestations of innocence, no matter how much she wants to.
John hates himself for hurting Zanny. Even though the situation she walked in on wasn’t what it appeared to be, no matter how hard he tries to convince her he still wants to be married, she isn’t listening. She knows he hasn’t been fully honest with her about the intimate problems they’re facing, and until he is, the wounds between them will never heal.
With both of them hurting, finding middle ground where they can work things out turns into a struggle Zanny isn’t sure she’s able to fight. And unless John comes clean and tells her what he’s hiding, moving forward just isn’t an option. Until she believes he won’t hurt her again, she can’t take that risk.
We started this series with Owen and Sarah. Owen had unique abilities, passed down through his mother’s family. This particular story belongs to their oldest son, John and Suzanne, known as Zanny to her loved ones. Their story starts really when they were in grade school, but John didn’t realize it until one Christmas when he was home from college. They loved, they married, and then things weren’t going to great and Zanny caught him in a compromising position that he wanted no part of. Things fell apart for the two of them, so this story is really them rebuilding themselves. Finding that spark that pulled them together in the first place.
In the process they learn a lot about themselves, each other, and their family. And we get to see Owen and Sarah, Jack and Gilly, and all of their children. Owen and Sarah have John, Emma, Ben, Rachel, Amelia. Jack and Gilly have Michelle and Rick. And before the book is done we know that something is going on with Emma and Ben.
Ms. Haddix takes her gentle paranormal story-line and expands it to not just include those that shift shapes, but those who perceive those that are in the next realm. I love this Campbell family. They are understanding, loving, and wise. I’m so glad that I’m going to be reading about this family throughout the year. The question is, would I recommend this book as much as the first one? Yes, I would! Each book is a standalone, so you don’t have to buy the next ones. BUT you will. 😉
T. L. Haddix is the author of several series, including the Shadows Collection (Romantic Suspense), Firefly Hollow (Romance with light, folklore-paranormal elements, set in Appalachia), Sunset Motel (Erotic Romance, writing as Mallory Love), and the I. Ronik series (parodies, written as I. Ronik). She’s a self-described eccentric, somewhat reclusive stick in the mud who lives in Eastern Kentucky in a log cabin with her husband and their cat-children. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, and being short, and if she gets brave, she’ll soon add chicken-owner to the list.
She writes books about characters who are flawed but who somehow still manage to overcome the challenges thrown in their paths and reach for happiness with their soul mates. And while she can’t tell a joke in the real world to save her life, she tries to inject her characters’ lives with quirky, unintentional humor that surprises readers at just the right moment.
You can contact her through her website, http://www.tlhaddix.com, which contains links to all her books and a very boring blog.