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Within Reach by Sarah Mayberry was a very emotional story that captured my attention right from the beginning. I read it in one day simply because I had to know what was going to happen with the characters. Great writing, real characters and a perfectly paced storyline all make this book fantastic. Angie was a wonderful heroine---caring, compassionate, giving and generous. She did so much to help Michael and his children get through a very traumatic experience in their lives. Michael was a total hottie who was a great husband to his late wife and a wonderful father to his children. As in most romance novels Angie and Michael’s road to their happily ever after was not an easy one. There were sensitive circumstances that made it very difficult for them to accept their feelings for one another. I absolutely loved both Angie and Michael. I loved how honest they were with one another. There was no BS here or game playing.
The author’s writing was so incredibly vivid; I felt each and every emotion with these characters. I really liked how we got to hear not only what Angie was thinking, but Michael’s thoughts as well. This book was a solid 4 ½ stars for me. I would have absolutely given this book a 5 star rating if not for the ending. We thankfully do get our happily ever after, but the book seemed to end rather abruptly for me. I would have loved an epilogue where we got to see how Angie and Michael were doing in their new relationship.
Overall, Within Reach is a beautifully written story about two unlikely people finding love after experiencing a tragedy and I highly recommend it.
Posted February 24, 2013
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Author: Sarah Mayberry
Published By: Harlequin
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Within Reach" by Sarah Mayberry was a very good sweet contemporary romance... a death had happened so suddenly very early in the novel making it a sad read in the beginning, however it did take off and oh my goodness what a good read it was. This novel reads like something that could happen to any of us when death comes a calling. Michael Young has lost his wife Billie suddenly of a heart defect. Michael's wife Billie had a friend(Angie)...like I would love to have....was their to help out him and the two children ...Charlie and Eva...and was to became even a friend to Billie's husband, Michael. There will be many ways you may look at this novel but do pick up "Within Reach" to see just how this author brings it all together in a very well written script. Will Michael began to have feeling for Angie and how does this make him feel about Billie? THIS WAS HIS WIFE'S BEST FRIEND...from school. Again, you must pick up this read to see...even how the daughter feels about Auntie Angie. What will happen when a grieving husband is left with two children and his wife's best friend? Only leaving me to say....Wow, what a read!
Was "Within Reach" a easy book for me for me to read ...NO... but it was well writing and definitely gives a insight to a loss and pain. Would I recommend it...YES!
Posted August 21, 2012
I really, really liked this one. I'd heard about Sarah Mayberry's books from multiple sources, saying she was a must read. I'd even picked up two of her ebooks prior to this one, but this is the first of her novels that I've actually read. Based on this experience, I'll definitely be reading the others soon!
I felt she did a wonderful job with Michael, Angie, and young Eva's grief. Their internal and external dialogue really read true to me. I liked their characters, how they dealt with each other, and how they dealt with their situations. Given the subject matter, the plot dealt a lot more with the hero and heroine coming to terms with life without Billie and figuring out their own relationships with those around them, not focusing a lot on romance, really--so perhaps this is not exactly a "super romance"-type book, but honestly, I don't think it's appropriate to write a book heavy on the romance when the grief is still so (relatively) new. Two thumbs up for a sensitive subject, handled well in a moving story.
Posted August 17, 2012
One of my favorite authors Marie Force recommended this book written by her friend Sarah Mayberry. And must confess, I simply could not put it down. I loved the premise - a young mother/wife/best friend dies suddenly leaving behing a grieving, faithful, devoted beyond words husband, equally devoted best friend and two beautiful children. The story was believable, heart-wrenching and moving. And I have to say, I could not put it down. Michael and Angie's connection via loss, love, devotion and desire was captivating. Sarah's writing style was believable and transcending. I actually felt like I was experiencing their desire driven guilt. I loved this book. I'll earmark her as an author to search in the future . . . once I get through the 15 others already in my library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2012
Within Reach gets your emotions working in this book. You'll be
laughing, crying or getting mad at a certain character
(coughs)...Michael. I love the author's writing. She has been one of my
favorites since I first read Her Best Friend. The author always writes
with a bit of tenderness and humor. I enjoy reading her books. Angie
and Micheal seem to work in a way that Michael and his wife Billie
didn't. Angie is more like him. Calm and steady. Billie was wild and
free. Angie and Michael were never really friends when Billie was alive
but somehow in her death they have come together. Whether it is for the
kids or what, either way the friendship grows. They hesitate in letting
it go to far because each of them thinks that they are hurting Billie in
some way. When they are together they work. They click in a way that I
think Michael and Billie didn't. Angie is a great character with a big
heart. When her best friend Billie dies suddenly she steps in and helps
take care of Micheal and the kids. She changes with Michael, in a good
way. She always saw her life as being filled with work. Relationships
beyond friendship were not needed. Being around Micheal and the kids
more and more shows her what she is missing out on and what she wants.
Micheal, Micheal, Micheal. What can I say. He spent so much time after
his wife's death not really living. When he started to actually live
again he did it with conditions and kept people at arms length. He then
strung Angie along. She was the one person who stuck by him from the
beginning and he pushed her away. He puts himself at risk of loosing it
all again all because he is scared. I loved the story. It spans a year+
so it is not as fast paced as most books. You really get to know the
characters. The kids add a lightheartedness to the story. They tone down
the seriousness at times. I enjoyed reading it and can't wait to read
more of her books. I recommend this book as a good weekend or beach
Posted July 7, 2013
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