Just the Two of Us

Forever. Apr. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781538755068. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Shortly before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Julie Marshall filed for divorce. Now stuck at home with her husband, Michael, she hasn’t been able to summon the courage to face him with the news, especially as their 35th wedding anniversary is looming. The story unfolds with a shifting narrative from present to past, going back to when they first met outside a cafe in Budapest and bonded over Michael’s bike, a gift from his late father; raising three children who are now adults; celebrating the opening of Julie’s floral shop; the heartbreak of losing her mom unexpectedly and the regret she harbors but has never shared with Michael; and the inevitable changes in a marriage that brought Julie to her breaking point. The virus forces the couple to face what they fear the most, which ultimately becomes just the cure their love needs.
VERDICT This is a refreshing change of pace from the usual contemporary fare, as Wilde (paranormal romance series “The Angel”) sets up her middle-aged characters to face their failing marriage during the current pandemic that is no stranger to any of us. This heartwarming tale will appeal to fans of Jasmine Guillory’s Royal Holiday, minus the steaminess.
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