Lake + Manning by Jessica Hawkins–Review

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Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .
A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for.
A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal.
A love story to stand the test of time.But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .
Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed.
Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don’t know how to forgive.
And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fill.
 
Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . . 
But I’ll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

 

I have a feeling, I’m going to be in the minority here, so here it goes. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t completely hate it either. Move the Stars had a completely unique ending for Lake and Manning. The concept of ending at their beginning, while although frustrating at the time because I wanted more, was in retrospect done beautifully.

I was one of those people that had wanted more of Lake and Manning. So, when I heard there would be a book 4, I was completely excited to get that glimpse into their future. I was intrigued as to where things could go from the ending of Move the Stars.

Lake + Manning is almost told as little vignettes. I had to keep highlighting where they were in their life (season and year) and then do the math in my head to determine their age. It was slightly frustrating and distracting. It felt choppy and lacking flow.

I still don’t like Tiffany, nor did I like her story. It felt like Jessica had tried to write her as a mature adult (thirty-eight ish), but she didn’t come across that way. Family still treated her with kid gloves and waited for her to ‘blow up’ at any minute. It appeared that the storyline perpetuated the rivalry between the sisters (Tiffany did something first before Lake that she desperately wanted). I just didn’t like this.

What I did like was Lake and Manning themselves. I loved reading about their future and life as a wedded couple. Yes, they were happy together, but still had to go through everyday issues. Their coveted happily ever after is achieved with hard work, love and communication. I was perfectly content with the true official ending and was happy with the way it ended. I feel like I, as a reader, finally had achieved that ‘Aww’ moment on the last page.

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