The Forgotten Path*

Love and Support Through Tragedy

The third installment of Stonehill series centers on Annie, Paul’s sister (who was the hero of the previous book of the series) and her relationship with Marcus, who has worked in her realty office for five years. Marcus has had an attraction to the boss for as long as he’s worked for her, but only recently does he think that the feeling might be mutual. Annie is starting to come to appreciate him more in that regard but is hesitant to do anything because of their professional relationship since she is his boss. He’s willing to quit and work for someone else so the furthering of their relationship can happen. They have only just begun this shift when tragedy strikes. I won’t detail what it is here because it is heart-stopping and dramatic, and you should read it yourself if you choose this book. This tragedy affects everyone in the sphere of the book, and it is heart-wrenching.

As I have come to expect from this author, this is an amazing book. In the first part, it helps the reader understand the complexity of Annie’s character because of her troubled past that has made her a slightly prickly person. It was not easy for these characters to come together for a variety of reasons, and the author showed that with emotional honesty on both the characters parts. The tragedy is a surprise, seeming to come out of nowhere–as tragedies often do–and while it is not an easy read, the author has made the characters’ reactions to it so real and so very human. You won’t want to do anything else so you can watch the progress and transformation of the plot unfold. Marcus is an amazing hero to watch as he stands by the woman he loves during this most difficult time even when it is not easy for him. The way he acts is the way that love should be, so it is beautiful to read even though it is tragic.

This is the third book that I’ve read by Marci Bolden. I hadn’t read any of her books before, and I am definitely a new fan. Each book I have read so far in this series has had such an emotional depth and breadth with characters who are so human in their actions and reactions to what happens in the stories. It is rare to read books with such emotional honesty, deep characterization, and a plot that will keep you turning the pages as you root for the characters–and love–to triumph.

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