I’m not a big fan of straight-up romance novels.
I thought I’d get that out of the way right off the bat.
Still, ‘Wait For Me,’ by Elisabeth Naughton has its moments
when it comes to touching on real human emotion – and it manages to reel
readers in, thanks to a solid plot that doesn’t overdramatize the actual
romance of the book.
‘Wait For Me’ centers on Kate Alexander, a mother who finds
out that her life isn’t exactly what it appears to be – but only after the
sudden death of her husband.
When Kate, who was injured in a horrific car accident a few
years before, starts to follow the trail of the life she can’t remember (amnesia
from the car accident) she finds that she’s not who she thinks she is at all.
Not only is Kate really Annie Harrison, the wife of a rich
businessman and mother of an orphaned daughter, but she also has a brother and
parents she can’t remember.
‘Wait For Me’ is not about Kate realizing who she is. That
happens very early in the book. ‘Wait For Me’ is about Kate struggling to
reconcile the past she can’t remember with the future she thinks she wants.
Not only is Kate struggling with her forgotten husband, Ryan
Harrison, but the daughter who thinks she abandoned the family as well. When
you add to that a sudden son – a boy Ryan thought died in a plane crash with
his wife – the whole scenario is pretty much a big mess.
It should be pointed out that this is basically the plot for
a Lifetime movie. In fact, I’ve seen something relatively similar starring
Meredith Monroe. Still, the writing in ‘Wait For Me’ is so strong that the
reader can’t help but be engaged.
Both Kate and Ryan are sympathetic figures – and yet they
don’t always act in a sympathetic way. When you add in the petulant Julia – who
absolutely hates Kate – things become combustible.
The romance factor in ‘Wait For Me’ is handled pretty well –
and the sex scenes are definitely hot. I may not think the timetable is
believable, but that happens to me a lot in books. I think other people
My only quibble with this book – and it’s minor – is that
the mystery surrounding what happened to Annie (and how she became Kate) feels
a little forced. When I was done with the book, I realized the thing it really
was missing was a confrontation scene between Kate and the people responsible
for stealing her life.
Still, that’s a very minor complaint.
In the end, I was satisfied with the bulk of the books. The
typos are practically non-existent and the stories flows from a place of
genuine emotion. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the romance genre.
In fact, I give Naughton credit for not going the "safe" route in the end. I don't want to ruin it for readers, but Naughton had the choice of wrapping everything up in a neat little bow -- and wisely opted that wasn't the way she wanted to go.
‘Wait For Me’ is available from the Kindle store for .99
in paperback for 11.99