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Monday, May 24, 2010

Willed to Love by Michelle Houston

Willed to Love by Michelle Houston
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short story (27 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Although still in love with her husband Devon, Ashley Monroe was seeking a divorce, thanks to his family and their mistreatment. When Devon's grandmother dies, and Ashley is included in the will, everything changes, because his grandmother wasn't about to let history repeat itself.

Shunned, stunned, and alone. Sounds depressing. Add to that, she’s just lost a child and her husband’s family wants nothing to do with her. Some people would give up, but not Ashley. Want to know more? Then you need to read Willed to Love to find out what happens.

There is a lot packed into this little story. Michelle Houston’s characters touched my heart in their tenderness and ruefulness. What could’ve been written with a heavy hand comes across as touching. I wanted to see Ashley and Devon work out their issues.

I enjoyed the buildup in this story. When you meet Ashley, she’s sitting at the reading of the will — the document insisting she work things out with Devon. The plot is unique — get back together or everyone loses everything. Effective. What I wanted to see more of was the determination and the devotion on Devon’s side. This story is told from Ashley’s point of view, which is fine, but there is a lot on Devon’s side of the argument that I wanted to know. I realize this is a short story and there is only so much room to give the details. That’s fine. I just wanted more into his head.

I liked that they didn’t jump into the relationship and all over each other from the word go. Ms. Houston wrote the buildup of the connection and subsequent outcome well, keeping me on the edge of my seat until after the last page. Some of the loose ends were tied up a bit quickly, but again, that’s the nature of a short story. It wasn’t enough to deter me as a reader. I still enjoyed the journey.

If you want a love story that will bring tears to your eyes, then you need to read Willed to Love. I give it 4 cherries.

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