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From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl's dream match. It doesn't hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling and fighting for the survival of herself and her two younger half-sisters in a cold, cruel world. By ...
From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl's dream match. It doesn't hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling and fighting for the survival of herself and her two younger half-sisters in a cold, cruel world. By the time Tony thaws her heart, she has known hunger, poverty, violence, and want. Robin never had a chance to dream of a white wedding gown or a prince charming. Instead, her dreams were nightmares dark and clouded with fear and desperation.
For months, Tony courted the blond beauty with the sapphire eyes. He teased Robin and pursued her. He showered with attention, respect, and charm. He covered her in diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Tony satisfied every heart's desire. Finally, Robin came to understand God's love for her as imitated by the unconditional love Tony freely offered. Then, on a sunny Florida beach, Tony proposed and Robin eagerly said "Yes!"
Back in bitter cold Boston, doubts about becoming a billionaire's bride begin to crowd out her hopes for happiness. Robin worked for tips until just a few months before Tony proposed on that sunny stretch of sand. In fact, she waited his table less than half a year earlier. Having no experience facing these challenges, Robin struggles to cope feeling the pressures of relocating; of unreliable transportation; of the never-ending details of the shower, the ceremony, the reception, the honeymoon; of worries that her sisters will smoothly transition along with her; of changing her name; all while dealing with her father's very serious legal problems.
As the date draws inexorably near and the pressure mounts, Robin begins to grasp the scale of her fiancé's vast material wealth and holdings, the responsibilities of the virtual empire he commands. She witnesses his generosity when he takes on a young protégé straight from the tough South Boston streets.
Ultimately, Robin questions whether she is truly the girl of Tony's dreams. Is she the woman God has made for him? In taking her on as a wife, would she act as helpmeet or poison apple? In truly loving Tony, would it be better to bind herself to him for all eternity or return his freedom? When her nightmares return in full force, they remind Robin of an even deeper and more terrifying prospect. Will she give in to her insecurities and cancel Boston's "Royal Wedding" for good? Or,with God's guidance, will Tony sacrifice everything to prove to his beloved Robin her true worth?
Posted July 17, 2013
I loved this novella as much as I did Sapphire Ice.
I received a free copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
At the start of this story Robin and Tony have just gotten engaged. Their lives are still vastly different.
Robin has learned to rely on no one, especially a man. She works hard to keep herself and her sisters housed, fed and her youngest sister in college.
Tony on the other hand has built a virtual business empire. One of his ways to express his love for others is to give gifts to them.
As they move toward their wedding day the biggest challenge is coming as they learn to share their differences and work together to achieve their happily ever after.
Hallee has done a remarkable job of developing the plot for this story. She weaves it together in a way that I was pulling for Robin and Tony to work through each crisis that came their way. It’s wonderful to see how the characters develop and turn to friends and family for support. Then, in turn, their friends help them to call upon God for direction.
The clarity that she uses to express their faith and trust in God is a breath of fresh air. It truly shows how much we all need strong supportive friends who know the Lord and know how to direct us to Him in all the storms of life.
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Posted July 13, 2013
Robin has accepted Tony's marriage proposal. Now comes the hard part - planning a wedding that is being considered Boston's largest wedding in years. Robin is suffering from nightmares from her past, doubts about being the new Mrs. Viscolli, and fear over her wedding night. She isn't sure she can go through with the marriage despite her love for Tony.
This is a novella that fits into the trilogy right after book 1. It continues the story of Robin, but gives a better glimpse of the two younger sisters as well. I enjoyed getting a closer look at the two characters and liked how it tied up several little ends to the story. Some parts felt a bit unrealistic such as the part about Robin's dad. But I'm also a sucker for happy ever after so the story ended well for me. All in all, a good story that has me looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
I received this book free of charge from Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted June 12, 2013
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