Title: THE LUCKIEST
Author: Wendy Owens
Source: eARC from author for review
Once upon a time Mackenzie Phillips thought she’d found her happily ever after. She had married her high school sweetheart and had started her perfect family. But one tragic night Mac’s perfect life was ripped away from her, leaving her beautiful fairy tale existence in ruins.
When everything worth living for is suddenly taken from you, how do you keep going? People told her how lucky she was just to be alive after that night, but she didn’t agree.
Years passed with Mac living in a fog, until another unfortunate turn of events placed her world on its head once again. Now, still carrying the tender wounds of her past, this widow has to face the realities of life again.
Broken and truly alone, she must find work. In walks her new employer, Dean Johnson, a guy who is just broken enough himself, that she thinks he might actually be able to understand her. But Mac soon discovers that that bond with Dean may instead force her to face demons she isn’t yet ready to deal with.
Mackenzie is existing day to day after the death of her husband and young daughter. When another tragedy strikes, Mac must pick up her broken pieces and learn to survive. Existing is no longer an option. Stepping out of her cocoon, she must find a job and learn to move on. Easier said than done.
There are characters you connect with from the start, sometimes due to their circumstances mirroring your own. God willing, I pray I never have to go through the pain and hurt that Mac had to go through. I pray I never have to walk a mile in her shoes to know what she is going through. It would hurt too much. I just cannot imagine this character's pain. So even though I didn’t connect with her, I felt for her. She was a strong character. It just took some time to get there.
This was a really good story. I hurt, I laughed, and it nearly had me in tears. But I will say that even after all she has been through, Mac lifted herself out of the ashes and learned to live again. She learned to find herself, all thanks to a few friends that help her along the way. And that was my favorite part. Watching her grow throughout.
I enjoyed the romance as well. I thought it was fun and flirty and just want Mac and Dean needed in their lives. So while, Dean was helping Mac…she was actually helping him too. He has a lot of baggage that comes with its own issues. And Mac was able to help him overcome it and learn to love.
A quick, emotional read...THE LUCKIEST will have you reading from start to finish to see if Mackenzie will ever get her happily ever after. 4 Stars!!
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Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.
Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.