Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary.
Release Date: 10th September 2015.
Publisher: Choc Lit UK
What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.
That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.
In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.
But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …
Book Review ~ ‘Please Release Me’ by Rhoda Baxter ~ 5 Stars!
What a gorgeous heart-felt read!
‘Please Release Me’ is the first book I have read by Rhoda Baxter, but as soon as I finished it, I immediately ordered a copy of ‘Doctor January’ to read. Baxter has a brilliant flare with words, and I was swept into Sally, Peter and Grace’s story, and didn’t want to leave.
The hardest thing for an author to pull of is making an unlikable character, or at least one who is a barrier between two characters you root for, sympathetic and relatable. I loved Sally, despite all her faults, and it was from getting inside her mind and understanding just how much her past has affected her ability to trust and love, even though she thinks she lives safer. Her attachment to Peter, and how he begins as a challenge she has to win, but through her reluctant and unexpected friendship/hateship with Grace begins to show her the error of her ways in trying to trap him.
I adored Grace, and rooted from her from the get go. One of the most satisfying elements of this novel was witnessing Grace starting to live her life for herself, and putting herself first. I was sad for her with all the drama that Sally put her through, but really felt there was a special relationship between the two, one that made for some brilliant chapters and interactions. The romance between Grace and Peter was also perfectly timed, and I loved the will they/won’t they storyline which had me biting my lip and crossing my fingers that they would make it through.
This is a story that deals with emotional and tough issues, and manages to do so with smatterings of humour which doesn’t detract from the sensitivity with which they are dealt with. There is the underlying question throughout the novel which weighs on all the characters, which is; When is it right to let go of a loved one?
I adored this romance with a twist and am excited to read more from Rhoda Baxter!
*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*