Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Review, Teaser, Giveaway: Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson

"Without trust, we have nothing."

These are the words which have haunted Melanie Erickson for six years. When she walked out of the house Xavier Ross bought as their forever home, she thought she was closing that door permanently, but fate had other plans. 

Xavier Ross tried to keep everyone at a distance until Melanie came into his life. The more he tried to fight his feelings for her, the more he fell in love. One rash decision fractured the trust that was essential to their relationship. 

Six years later, she is the last person he expects to see walk through his front door. Will Xavier and Mel be able to learn to trust one another again so they can fulfill a dying woman’s wish?


Emotional. Raw. Conflicting. Heartbreaking. And everything else. This story had me crying both happy tears as well as sad tears. But the sad tears weren’t just sad, they were heart wrenching, ugly cry tears. I fear my review cannot do this story justice. A story about love lost, loss, repair, and love found. Death. Children. Cancer. But there is romance, and change, and a whole lot of sweetness.

I can’t imagine watching your wife die would ever be an easy task. Then the one person who opened you up to love and also the person who shattered your hear walks through your door to take care of your dying wife, I really cannot imagine the emotions that Xavier was feeling. He was a man who was composed, strong, and in control of himself and his life. Yet this entire situation was out of control. As he handled Alyssa’s illness and death, he also now had to now understand her wish for after she passed.

Melanie. For Xavier, it was a shock for her to show up at the house that he bought for her, but for Melanie, she was able to prepare herself. She was able to get ready to face her past head on. What she wasn’t prepared for was becoming instant friends with the woman she was taking care of. The woman living in the house she was supposed to be living in with the man she was supposed to be with. Let alone falling in love with the little boy living in that house. So while she was able to do her job professionally, she had to also address the feelings beyond what was typical of her job. Then there were the wishes Alyssa expressed to her verbally and in written form. How do you reconcile all of those feelings?

Ms Johnson took us on quite the emotional ride with this one. My chest literally ached through a lot of this book. The emotions were so strong. I felt as if I was losing a part of me as I watched Alyssa’s illness take over. I felt conflicted about cheering for Xavier and Melanie as their love appeared to never have gone away. My heart broke for the little boy who was losing his mom. The story concludes and there is no cliffhanger. This is a beautiful story, but make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand!



About the Author

Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.

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1 comment:

  1. I loved reading this post/review for this book & cannot wait to read it. Thank you!