Thursday, June 5, 2014

All the Finer Things by Stephanie Worlton

Sometimes money costs too much.

Married to one of the most lucrative and sought after plastic surgeons in SoCal, Megan Hamilton has it all. Her posh life, designer clothes, and stunning penthouse leave her wanting for nothing… or do they? Controlled by his obsessive pursuit of perfection, Doctor Matthew Hamilton will stop nothing short of breaking his young, spirited bride into a subservient trophy wife. But when parenthood enters their picture, the entire game changes. How far will Megan have to go to escape Matt's obsessive control and abuse? And how much will she have to lose before she gets there?

Doctor Matthew Hamilton has everything he loves - money, power, reputation. Or at least he thinks he does, until his spoiled wife decides to leave and unknowingly blows a hole right in the heart of his carefully laid plans. With Megan gone, he faces to lose everything and he won't stop until he finds her.

When a fancy car and it's equally fancy owner take up residence next door, Ammon Carter's life of solidarity gets turned on its head. His quiet orchard community is no place for a pampered princess, but as a Scoutmaster, his deep moral code doesn't allow him to be anything but courteous to the young mother. Content as a bachelor, he does his best to keep his distance from the misplaced beauty and her son... unfortunately, his dog has different plans.

I was really looking forward to the day I finally got to read this book.  I just had a feeling I was going to like it.  And I did!

Megan is a bit pampered, it's true.  She has always known the finer things of life.  But Megan also knows that those things are not worth abuse.  In order to protect herself and her son, she knows she must escape the hands of her abusive and controlling husband.

I liked the transformation that Megan goes through.  She is a bit haughty at first, judging people and places but Megan has a good heart and she is willing to try new things and new ways of doing things.  Her heart transforms.  She learns that she is capable and able to things she never ever thought about doing.  She finds peace and enjoyment in self accomplishment.

The sense of community that surrounds Megan is awesome.  I love books where I feel that.  Maybe that's because I've mostly lived in smaller communities and it feels like home to me.  Ammon is a "do good" scouter.  He helps his community and loves his home.  Life lessons have taught him a lot and he is a person of strength and character.  I LOVED Ammon's dog.  :)

This was such a good read.  Clean, romantic with a bit of suspense thrown in.  I was drawn in from the beginning reading about Megan's abusive marriage and her desperate plans to escape.  I was able to connect to the characters and make a movie in my head while I read.  That makes me happy.  

Please note that there are some descriptive abusive scenes in this book.  Those especially sensitive to this may want to proceed with caution.

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