Saturday, June 17, 2017

All of You by Sarah Monzon

Series: Carrington Family # 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Radiant Publications
Released: May 15, 2017
336 pages

About the Book:

Maryland, Present Day
Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything...except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she's worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England, 1944
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟  (5 stars)

“God was God, and he wasn’t, but he had to trust and believe that in
the end, everything was going to turn out more than just all right.”

Loved it! Story is told in a dual timeline style (a style I have really come to enjoy). Readers first meet Michael from the present day storyline and then we meet Alice from the WWII storyline. Both are pilots and you know their stories are going to connect eventually but how?

I was sucked into both storylines right away and each time the story switched between time periods I couldn’t wait to get back to the other one. Alice is a strong woman and I couldn’t help but be inspired by her strength and desire to serve. The way her story ended was amazing.

Michael has gone through a very traumatic experience that changes the course of his life, but he has not lost his faith in God. Yes he struggles and asks the question why, but does not turn his back on God, rather he asks God to show him the new plan for his life. The author does a wonderful job of describing his physical recovery and struggles. He meets Jack (who he will only call Jackie) when his teammate asks him to watch out for his sister while he is deployed. The two develop a friendship that leads to deeper feelings, but Michael is still dealing with the emotional challenges of accepting the changes in his life and feels that Jackie deserves much more than he can offer and tries to keep his promise of protecting her while still protecting their hearts. However Jackie sees so much more in Michael than he sees in himself and is determined to let him know this. Will Michael be receptive to this or will he stick with what he thinks is best?

The secondary characters of both their family members enabled readers to see more sides of Jack and Michael. The banter between the Carrington siblings was really entertaining and it was great to catch up with Trent & Summer from book 1. Ms. Monzon had me laughing, crying and swooning throughout. There were so many good parts, but one of my favourite moments was when Jack was bold and revealed her feelings. I was shouting you go girl! The ending felt perfect. This is a must read!

“Don’t be afraid to live the life you’ve been given. Some of us
don’t have the chance . . . Don’t waste yours.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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