Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Better Man by Amy Vastine Review/Giveaway

A Themed Tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Better Man (Chicago Sisters)The Better Man
by Amy Vastine
Adult Romance 
Harlequin Heartwarming
January 1st 2014

Kendall Montgomery's six-year-old son has barely spoken in the past year, locked in his world of silent grief. Then one day, he spots his dead father across a crowded street.

Max Jordan moved to Chicago to be closer to his own son and prove he can be a better father than his deadbeat dad. His striking resemblance to Kendall's husband and his track record with fatherhood make her determined to keep her distance?until Max helps her little boy come out of his shell. But can she trust him with their future? How can she be sure he won't take off just when they need him most?

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My Review: First of all, I can't imagine losing my spouse, but then trying to deal with the effects it has on my kids would be overwhelming. Kendall has a son who is mute most of the time since his father's passing. It's now up to her to build a name for herself in her new business, with her friend, partner, and design school buddy, Owen, as well as deal with her son's issues--and it seems that the school is constantly calling her.

One day, Max is spotted by this mother and son and his resemblance to her deceased husband is shocking. All of the sudden, her son is speaking again.

Max hasn't been the best father, but it's never too late to start. Moving to Chicago in order to be closer to his three year old son, Max is trying to change who he is and to line up his priorities. I love that Max isn't perfect, but he's trying to be a better person, a better man. His relationship with his ex is very rocky, but the effort he makes to be better is very evident in these situations. I loved watching the results that occurred by Max's efforts.

Kendall is facing reality now. She's a very talented and gifted designer and artist and is now able to use those abilities to make a living. Based off of her life experiences and relationships, she's a little gun-shy, with good reason. I loved watching her evolve. Being a mother isn't easy and doing what's best for your kids isn't always easy, either, but, as Kendall learns, the hard things are often the most rewarding.

There were some twists and turns that were shocking and almost a little uncomfortable, but it was still a great story!

Content: mild language; no violence; kissing, talk of infidelity, but necessary to the storyline and not graphic. Clean!

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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  1. Thank you so much for your amazing review, Katie! I am so glad you enjoyed the story and hope you will follow the other sisters in this series :)

    1. You can count on me checking the stories out about the other sisters because 1. I LOVE your books! 2. I loved these sisters--such great characters!