What She’s Having

Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Big Love from Galway, Bk. 2). Aug. 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781728278087. pap. $16.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Joe Anderson and July Tate fell in love in high school, but Joe disappeared without a word, leaving July broken-hearted. She vowed then that she’d never open herself to love or the pain of heartbreak ever again. Joe knew the moment he met July that she was the One. But Joe’s abusive, controlling father unexpectedly moved the whole family, giving Joe no chance to say goodbye. He wrote letter after letter to July, but she never wrote back. On her deathbed, Joe’s mother reveals a long-held secret: she never mailed the letters he wrote. Joe is determined to find July and explain. But will she listen, and can she forgive him? This romance features well-rounded, likable protagonists who leap off the page. Both have scars from their past, and Moher writes about them sympathetically and realistically. Secondary characters shine, and their interactions hint at future novels in this series.
VERDICT In Moher’s second novel set in small-town Galway, NC, after Curves for Days, readers will be caught up in Joe and July’s emotional journey.
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