Reviewed by Kini
Favorite Quote: Falling in love with your husband once was all well and good. Falling in love with him all over again— now that was magic.
I have loved every book in this series and this novella was no different. If you aren’t familiar, all the stories in this series take place somewhere in the 40’s-60’s and all have a character that is involved in the space program. This could probably read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading at least some of the previous books for more context.
This is a marriage in trouble story. I love this trope and I feel like I don’t see it enough. I love reading about being falling in love, but there is something about a couple deciding they want to stay in love and work at it that I really like seeing. This story hit every expectation that I had for it. It was sad and emotional and a little sexy and of course hopeful with a happy ending. There is even some arm porn thrown in.
His forearms were still as well muscled as they’d been when they’d met, the taut ridges dusted with dark hair. It was an arm that had once made her weak kneed. Just his arm, bringing her to a fever pitch.
When the story begins, Margie is aware that she has fallen out of love with her husband. Mitch is also aware that something is broken, he just doesn’t really know when it broke. Mitch is an astronaut in the space program and has spent lots of time away from home. Margie’s life has not stopped. She’s been raising six children, being a leader of the wives of the astronauts and many other things. They both love each other and Mitch has so much respect and admiration for his wife, he just doesn’t know how to insert himself in the life that Margie has built without him being around. It was sad to read.
All Margie’s training, all the turning the kids into well-behaved little adults… she was an excellent mother. If he were on a rocket that went bad, she’d be fine. The kids would be fine. In the end, he’d never managed to make her need him, and the kids— while they loved him— would be okay.
The story is told from dual POV and gives us some glimpses at Margie and Mitch’s life over the years. How they met and fell in love and some scenes throughout the years that show how and where things started to change. One of their biggest problems was their inability to communicate honestly with each other. The authors gave many examples and I have so many quotes. But none of the things they did were too much to overcome, just a couple of flawed humans trying to navigate their path together. At it’s core this is a story of two people who love each other deeply, but have also caused each other a lot of hurt, and need to find their way back to each other.
I really loved this story and it was everything I wanted it to be. I believed that they would and could reclaim their love. I strongly recommend this series and wish for more books in this time frame. And if you have already read this story, there are appearances by many of the characters from the previous books.