I’ll Carry You, a review by Sherry

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I’ll Carry You
Annabelle McCormack

354 pages
Published November 29, 2022

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My favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but I read a lot of romance to clean my palette so the twists and turns don’t get stale.  It wasn’t until after I read this one that I saw it was part of a series.  This can be read on its own without any difficulties.  And while it is billed as a romance, there is more depth to the story dealing with grief, forgiveness and families.  

I always love small town stories and Brandywood is so inviting.  The book is well written and the characters are flawed and real.   Romances only work for me when I root for the couple and I definitely rooted for Jason and Jen.  With their ups and downs and the obvious obstacle in their way, I didn’t want to put this one down.

You’ll love this one if you like family drama all mixed in with your romance.

About the book:

Sometimes the past finds you through the most unexpected people.

Jason Cavanaugh isn’t interested in romance. He only came to Brandywood to stop a private investigator from discovering the son his late brother never knew. There’s no reason the entire Cavanaugh estate should go to a toddler that resulted from a meaningless fling. But Jason couldn’t have prepared himself for his nephew’s gorgeous mother. Sparks are flying between them but if Jen really knew what he was doing in town, she’d hate him.

Single mom Jen Klein is sick of working two jobs and still being broke. And her dating life seems plagued by bad luck and losers. She knows better than to look twice at the charming, mysterious man that just arrived in her small town. But something about him is irresistible, even though he’s clearly passing through. Would it be so bad to let herself have a little fun?

Yet one night no longer seems like enough and Jason is realizing how little he understood about his brother. The harder he tries to hide his secrets from Jen, the closer he comes to revealing a shocking truth about himself . . . and Jason might be dangerously close to losing something much more valuable than a fortune.

A contemporary romance with steamy, open door romance and tear-jerking moments about finding home in the least expected place and facing the past, I’ll Carry You is the second book in the Brandywood Small Town Romance Series. CW: drug-related overdose, strong language

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