Thursday, May 17, 2012

(69)I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff

I Couldn't Love You More

Publication Date: May , 2012
Pages: 432

Eliot is living the life with her boyfriend, Grant, and their three daughters.  Well technically, they only have one daughter together, four year old Hailey, but Eliot loves Grant's oldest two girls as if they were her own.  Sure they have the pressures of Grant's ex-wife and typical kid stuff, but for the most part their life together is truly blessed. Well, until it's not.

Out of the blue Eliot finds out that her boyfriend from college has moved back to Atlanta.  When she runs into him at Hailey's school she agrees to meet him just to catch up.  The memories come flooding back and Eliot finds herself distracted.  Distracted by the "what if's" and all of the old feelings that come flooding back.  When that distraction puts her daughter's lives in danger, Eliot is forced to face her past and come to grips with what she truly wants in life.  And it even shocks her how badly she wants what she can't have.   Will she be able put her life back together or is she destined to a like of guilt and regret?

I Couldn't Love You More is one of those books that will put you through the ringer.  It will make you laugh and then it will rip out your heart, make you cry.  Being a Step-Mother is such a challenging experience, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences that anyone could ever have.  Eliot is forced to  make a choice that nightmares are made of and it forces her to examine her relationship with Grant, her relationship with her daughters, and her relationship with her own parents.

Bottom line,  I Couldn't Love You More is a ultimately a book about guilt, forgiveness, regret, and redemption.  All of the heavy hitters.  Being a Step-Mother myself, I can relate to a lot of the situations and feelings of inadequacy that Eliot encounters, but I am not sure I would have done the same things that Eliot did, I can understand why she did them.  I Couldn't Love You More is one of those books that will stay with you long after you finish.  Be sure to keep the tissues close because you will need them, that I promise you!


Jillian Medoff said...

Thank you for your very generous review, Charlotte. I'm so glad you liked I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE, and look forward to reading your blog! Yours,

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