September 25, 2013

Book Spotlight: When You're Ready by J.L. Berg

Title: When You're Ready
Author: J.L. Berg
Publication Date: July 23rd 2013
Can his love mend the pieces of her grieving heart?

Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words “When You’re Ready” written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

Logan Matthews is the son of a billionaire who has spent his entire life trying to make his absent father proud. Years of living up to a man who was more ghost than father, and a publicly failed marriage has left Logan cold and emotionless until he walks into an exam room and discovers a woman who can stop his heart, make his body burn with desire and leave his entire world altered.

But how far are Clare and Logan willing to go for love? When their love is tested, is Clare ready to put her whole heart on the line again? Can Logan learn the true meaning of love, even if it means sacrificing his own happiness? When a second chance at love is given, Clare and Logan learn you never know if you are truly ready until you’re ready to risk it all.

How do you tell a woman you love to move on? To love again? The thought of her with someone else tore me up inside, but the thought of her alone forever was worse. 
The quote above was actually how Ethan felt while writing the last letter he’ll be writing for his wife. He already knows that he only has few hours left before his body caves in. So he did what any loving husband does, he let go. 

For a 28 year old Clare Murray, she definitely has been through a lot. After Ethan, she hasn’t thought of anything other than taking care of her 4 year old daughter, Maddy. She might have sworn off men but thanks for her daughter, she’ll have a chance to meet the “Ian Somerhalder of doctors”. 

It seems like fate has a way of bringing people who were meant to be together. Who else would treat Maddy’s concussion? Yeah, yeah. That’s how Clare and Logan met. Logan is the tending physician, while Clare, the fussing mother, is covered up in vomit which by the way is emitting a very stench odor. Logan came to the town because h wants to just forget about his old life. He wants a fresh start. He wants to numb his heart. 

The whole story was put up together really well. The characters are great. They complement each other. I fell in love with Maddy. She’s such a cute little thing. And of course, there’s Doc Matthews. Yum. Plus who wouldn’t love a strong and dedicated heroine? Compared to a cuisine, it’s an exquisite one and all the flavors blend well together creating a beautiful and touching story.

When You're Ready  is a story about forgiving, taking a leap, moving on, taking risks and believing that you deserve the happiness just as anyone else does. Love isn't only about the good ups of a relationship, it also means accepting your partner as a whole, not only his positive traits but also his hang-ups, believing that you can make it through the end no matter what. Love is loving your partner and not giving up even if it means that there's a chance he won't make it and may leave you forever. Love is taking chances and when you're ready to give it a chance, it will embrace you wholeheartedly.

J.L. BergJ.L. Berg is a California native living in the South. She's married to her highschool sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you can find her with her nose stuck in a romance book, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.

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