Sunday, 31 May 2015

Cathy Jackson - Broken

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

At best love is complicated with one man.
I have two.
One is my fiance and the other is his brother.
Both want to win my heart.
But I want what God wants.
I can only hope He knows what's best, live in His will, and follow His teachings.
My name is Evelyn Miller.
This is the story of how I became a Westerling.

The third book in the 'bloom' series by Cathy Jackson continues following the Westerlings we have grown to know and love. But this time from the point of view of Evelyn...a good friend Pheonix met through the church group. We see the troubles of Evelyn who has been left by her ex with two young children and is back living with her parent whilst she finishes her nurse training.

The bond between Pheonix and Evelyn touched me, as the pair grew close through the story. Evelyn would however have a quandary on her hands with the Westerling brothers. David, the good, honest and respectable man, church deacon and crush on Evelyn and loved her children, or the rogue, younger brother who Evelyn mostly couldn't even hold a conversation with in the early stages. But felt much more of a connection with despite knowing the troubles he came with...

The magnetic draw I felt to the youngest and most dangerous Westerling was strong. It was seducing me, but I resisted it.

But as the story developed we see the respect and Christian values the other stories have. How their faith has seen them all through some awful times, but also how Johnny was not following that same path....

Evelyn worked solidly between her parents, young children, friends and studying and future career. She truly was a brilliant woman who dealt with anything she had thrown at her but with her new found friendship with Pheonix and John, she felt truly settled after her treatment from her Ex.

I may have lost a husband, but I gained a family.

As Evelyn and Jonathon (Johnny) continues and we see the true depth of the family rift that seems so deep, Evelyn is kept in the dark as to the reasons surrounding them, but recognises that he needs them and by sheer determination does everything in her power to fix the Westerling brothers relationships and in turn help him.

You don't think I know you are trying? .... I know you are. I know that underneath that self-assured, cocky, arrogant exterior is someone who is just wanting to be loved. Not by just anyone, but by your family.

The continuing love and commitment with Joh and Pheonix is as clear as ever. Pheonix develops in her pregnancy throughout. But as Evelyn gains her trust and friendship, she tells her more about her marriage. But only snippets from her past. But she and John both recognise the feelings that Evelyn holds for the troublesome Johnny...

You just have to know that loving him is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. He's not trustworthy and he has few redeeming qualities. He won't be dependable and you have to take him like he is.

As the story develops and we see two men fighting for her affections, Evelyn knows what the 'right' thing to do is and who will protect her, but will her heart tell her different and to go with the man she knows will cause her more heartache?

I admit I was a little disappointed at the ending of the story but we see Jonathan reaching out for his faith again despite all his past heartache and there are lots of avenues the story could take next so I am excited for the next installment. As ever another brilliant read by the talented Cathy Jackson.

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Get your copy of Broken here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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