Friday, November 15, 2013

Holding On, by Jessica Degarmo

After a rough childhood, Caitlin is finally happy as an adult.  She is married to the love of her life, and gets to be a step mother to his son.  Just when Caitlyn has settled into her happy life, she is connected with her birth mother. Suddenly, Caitlin finds herself opening up, allowing herself to be vulnerable, and knowing she may be setting herself up for a fall.

This book is the sequel to Hooking Up, so many of the characters were familiar to me.  I still adore Caitlin as a character, and find myself relating to her very easily.  She tries to see the best in everyone, and hope for the best, which sometimes opens herself up to being badly hurt.  But the moments where she is open and makes a deep loving connection are worth the possibility of pain.  I feel like Caitln really matures as a character through this sequel.

There is a distinct shift away from romance to drama in terms of the storyline, and I, for one, really liked the shift.  Caitlin has her romance, and is still very much in love, but now she is exploring love within her family in a bigger sense.  I liked this, and felt like it made the book appealing to a wider audience than its predecessor.   The story kept me engaged, and I read it clear through in one sitting.  I, personally, would like to see what life has in store for Caitlin in the next phase of her life.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.

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