Friday, April 6, 2012

Always You by Shilpa Mudiganti

This is definitely a love story along with the trials and tribulations that comes along with betrayal, loss, and pain.  It is pretty much a simple read.  I feel like I don't want to give away too much about this book in this review, so I will keep it simple, otherwise I might run the risk of giving too many spoilers.  It's absolutely a love and hate story, a struggle between trying to forget and not wanting to forget; the subconscious surfacing slowly through time reminding the main character what has happened to her in the past.

Here's what this story is overall about:

"Lyla has to move on. She’s been stuck in a rut since her heart was broken five years ago. Trying to decide about life with her fiancĂ©, Nick, she resolves to finish one last project before moving to Spain and starting a new life. That is until she is face to face with the one man who broke her heart all those years ago, Alexander Knight. 

Five years ago, when Alex and Lyla meet at his friend, Andrew's grave, they fall deeply in love. But, Alex is hiding a secret that will destroy his relationship with Lyla and does. What Lyla doesn’t realize is that Alex has changed since their break-up, because of her love, only she still has hate in her heart towards him. 

But now, fate has brought them together in such a way that they have no option but to remain dangerously close - dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she? Not after what she knows about Alex and what he did to Andrew. 

It’s true that love can change people for the better. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive and heal?"

And... Here is a sneak peak at this book:

"This will be my last project." Lyla's gaze followed the tiny bubbles in her coffee cup.  "Then I'll move to Spain.  I just need some time to pack up," finished Lyla, gripping her hot coffee cup so hard that her knuckles turned white.

She finally raised her eyes to meet the soft grey of the elephant, older woman with a tight grey bun that made her look more severe than she was.  Minerva, her grandmother, squeezed the delicate hand around the coffee cup and planted a loving kiss on her forehead.

Concern lit Minerva's eyes, as Lyla's painful past five years flashed before her.  She wanted only to protect Lyla from more agony  But Lyla Rosewood was a stubborn woman.  At twenty six, she had seen more pain than any person her age ever had.  Love. Betrayal.  Loss.  You name it, she'd faced it.

"Sweetie, it's not easy, but you need to let go of the past someday.  "Minerva walked closer, allowing Lyla to lay her weary head on her shoulder.  Stroking her hair, she added, "Nick's a fine man and has always kept you happy.  Give him a real chance when you come over, won't you?"

Pain creased Lyla's forehead as the memory of Nick's proposal came haunting back to her.  She'd accepted to it out of sheer desperation.

Lyla hazarded a look at her purse lying on the table hiding the engagement ring. Old doubts crept in again as she ran a finger around where her engagement ring would have been. Could she endure another man and his betrayal?

Lyla hadn't let a single man come near her heart in the last five years.

Her Gramma, as she fondly called Minerv, always considered it extreme but how could she understand?  She'd been happily married to the same man for the last twenty years and Grandpa Joe was perhaps the sweetest man Lyla had ever known.

"I'll give it a try, Gramma."  But her heart wasn't in it.

Satisfied with her granddaughter's answer, she started for the door dragging her Gucci suitcase while Lyla walked past to hold the door open.  "See you soon, sweetie.  Take care of yourself," Minerva said patting Lyla's cheek lightly.

As her Gramm marched down the hall, Lyla closed the door and stood with her back to the door, giving up.  This time she had no excuse not to move on.  Even as relief seeped into her, she shook her head in disbelief at her Gramma's unwearied determination.

Thinking about her Gramma's visit, she realized that her weekend had been derailed by her visiting her apartment unannounced.  The worried looks on her Gramma's face unnerved Lyla as she patiently listened to her rants about Lyla's lonely life, all alone in a big city like London.

Lyla's heart crashed when Gramma insisted that she fly with her to Spain that very day.  It took all of Lyla's strength to convince her that she couldn't just run away from her job and her life.  After all, London was where she'd lived all her life and leaving a fabulous career just because she couldn't seem to find a decent man seemed utterly stupid.

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