How can someone repair their life after such disappointment? How can someone bring themselves to keep going and to care again? This is the basic premise in this story about love betrayed and a love forever.
Jordan Radcliffe is a divorced mother of three very young children. She is trying to regain her strength and self-image after her husband’s betrayal. She returns to her home in Warburg to help on the horse farm, care for her children and to start building an interior design business. Jordan always sees herself as the responsible one who did what their father wanted. She married, stayed at home and had children but it didn’t last. It takes her time to get over her ex-husband’s betrayal. Jordan also hides a secret from her younger half-sister which has many implications later in the story. Throughout the story Jordan is very good mother and is able to always show a calming nature when dealing with her children.
Owen Gage is an architect who restores homes. He is very good at his job and is in much demand. He meets Jordan and is not impressed with how she is treated by a client. He is very much a “friends with benefits” type of man and has one such woman he “dates” for this purpose. He also avoids children at all costs. This is more about his upbringing than any other reason. His father was a diplomat and the family moved around the world. He was either in the care of a nanny or in boarding school and never had the contact with children one might reasonably expect in a normal upbringing. As the story progresses, Owen begins to realize things about himself that were lying deep below the surface. He comes to like that person and wants to share him with Jordan but in the end he may miss his chance. It was interesting to watch his attempts at dealing with Jordan’s children.
There are other secondary characters who have an impact on how the story line develops; Margot and Travis, Jade, Nonie and the children, Kate, Max and Olivia. Each of these has their own thread and we are able to learn about their background and how the decisions they make impact upon the others. Jade proves to be a really interesting character. At times she is a really mature and can handle almost anything but there are times where she appears to be a spoilt brat and it is at these times that it hard to remember she is only seventeen years old.
I liked this story as it involves an older woman, Jordan, who had been married and expected to be with her husband forever and even had three children quickly with him. I felt Jordan’s devastation at his betrayal which is actually heard over the phone. I also admired her ability to find the courage to go on with her life initially because her children needed her but then also for herself.
I was able to admire Owen’s determination to succeed in his field but to also try and establish a life for himself. It is only when he meets Jordan that he finds out what he is missing in his life. He is certainly intrigued by her when he firsts meets her and wants to explore that side. The scene in the bar is quite amusing.
The story does involve some detail on the training of horses so those who are interested in this will find a treasure trove of information.