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Maura Sullivan thought she knew what she was getting into when married soon-to-be pastor Nick Shepherd. But when "the other woman" in her marriage turned out to be her husband's congregation, she ran. Six years later, she's back in the small community of Granger, Ohio, for the reading of a will that names both her and Nick as beneficiaries. Now, Maura must face the husbandMaura Sullivan thought she knew what she was getting into when married soon-to-be pastor Nick Shepherd. But when "the other woman" in her marriage turned out to be her husband's congregation, she ran. Six years later, she's back in the small community of Granger, Ohio, for the reading of a will that names both her and Nick as beneficiaries. Now, Maura must face the husband - and the congregation - she left behind....

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  • Mandy J. Hoffman
    2019-02-27 07:38

    MY REVIEW:Okay Ladies, here's the deal about this book...It is a fun, witty, and charming story of forgiveness and reconciliation between a Pastor and his wife. And it has one wonderfully appealing cover, too! I enjoyed the simple story line and the unexpected twist it took. The characters were likable and the story brought to life the real challenges of a ministry couple. It was a fun and touching read that I enjoyed especially since I am a Pastor's wife.However, while I liked the overall book, there were some details that I didn't appreciate as much. I hold to some differing theological beliefs than what where conveyed in this story and I thought that there were some points that could have been stronger. Also, I recognize that this book is intended for adult woman, but I know that many teens read adult fiction and so on that note I would caution teen girls not to read this book due to one conversation that takes place. It's not that the conversation was wrong, but simply not appropriate for teens.The authors writing is enjoyable and is an entertaining read, but this book may not be for everyone or may be one that you just borrow.* * * * *This review copy was provided courtesy of Abingdon Press, but the opinions expressed our strictly my own.

  • Michelle Robinson
    2019-03-11 07:37

    I found this book interesting but trite.The writing was a little thin and also a little too sweet for me toward the end.I could understand and respect Maura's isssues during the marriage. I can also understand how a young person could behave in the rash way that she did. I just am not a big fan of novels where people allow a tremendous amount of time to pass before they attempt to bring relationships to some type of resolution. Even if that resolution is a dissolution of the relationship.I dont feel that I ever really understood Nick as a person in the novel, he seemed just to be there to reflect Maura's feelings and frustrations.I was so excited by the premise of this novel but I have to say, I was a little disappointed and I don't feel that it lived up to it's promise.

  • Virginia
    2019-02-22 05:50

    When Maura Sullivan is named as a beneficiary in an elderly lady’s will, she must return to the small Ohio town she ran away from six years before. Not only that, but she must actually live with her estranged husband for six months before she can claim the beautiful old theater that just might provide the livelihood she’s been searching for. Nick is the pastor of a very controlling and needy congregation, and Maura has no desire to resume her competition with them for his attention. Besides, if she gives in to her returning feelings for Nick, she’ll have to confess the terrible reason she left him without a word six years before.The Pastor’s Wife is a delightful and well-written romance novel. The story unfolded at a satisfying pace, and Jennifer AlLee drew out the reason for Maura’s desertion skillfully – I never felt like she was being purposefully deceptive, and I was compelled to keep reading to discover the secret. The characters are likable people, with enough conflict to make them realistic. I absolutely loved one of the secondary characters, a no-nonsense youth pastor with a heart for teens. She brought back vivid memories of my own youth group days, and a young seminary student who served as my youth pastor for a year – outspoken, a little sassy, and absolutely loving in the brusque way teens can relate to. Readers who enjoy clean romance novels will not want to miss The Pastor’s Wife.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-21 06:42

    The Pastor's WifeJennifer AlLeeAbingdon PressReleases Feb 2010Fiction/ChristianReviewed by Cindy LovenMaura and Nick Sullivan were in love, madly in love newlyweds, bound for their first pastorate. Maura had no idea, what this would do to her marriage. How disappointed she was to find herself as the second choice to Nick's affections over the church, and church duties. After six months she could take no more, and she left.Six years pass, they are still married, but haven't seen each other in six years. Then sweet parishner dies, and her will brings a surprise. Miss Hattie included Maura in her will, and also a promise for a large donation to the church fund. There is a condition though, Maura and Nick must live together for six months, in order for Maura to collect her inheritance and the church to get their donation. Both Maura and Nick are dismayed, but seem willing to give it a shot. Follow this wonderful story and see if Miss Hattie's will matchmaking scheme will reunite the pastor with his wife. See Maura come to love a community she never knew before. Watch as they both make their way. A wonderfully written story. 213 pages $13.99 US 4 stars This book was provided for review purposes only. No cash or payment was received for this reveiw.

  • Maryfran
    2019-03-18 07:55

    The book The Pastor's Wife was a simple romantic read. The premise of the story is a preacher and his wife who are estranged and have been separated for 6 years, living apart. Circumstances bring then back together and into closer contact with each other. This was a romance, thus the ending was expected and not at all shocking. I probably read this book with a bit more of a critical eye than I have read other romance stories. Why? I am a preachers daughter. I know what the inside looks like. I think that the author did a great job with depicting the life of a preacher, the calls that come at any time of the day, the unending demand for the preachers attention, the fear that you will offend the parishoners. She did a fabulous job, weaving these demands into the story as the estranged wife chafed under the restrictions placed upon her. She did a great job with showing that being yourself is how you fit in. The problem that I have with the book, in my experience, I'm not sure that any church would be just peachy ok with having a preacher who's wife up and left him. The reprocussions would have been much greater in my humble opinon.

  • Catherine Richmond
    2019-03-07 02:58

    Maura returns to Granger, Ohio, to comply with the terms of a will. But she also has to deal with unfinished business - the husband and church she abandoned. At first, I thought this book should be recommended reading for all pastor's wives - someone understands how you feel. No, it should be recommended for all church members - we need the insight into how we treat our minister's spouse. But this novel has a broader application - for every wife. Sooner or later in every marriage, a husband gets preoccupied with another activity - work, sports, friends - when his wife needs him. "The Pastor's Wife" shows reconciliation is possible!

  • Susan F
    2019-03-14 07:51

    This is a very well written book that I couldn't put down. I read it in two sittings in one day. If you are a member of a church congregation this will remind you of the importance of the Pastor and his wife as a couple who need to be together. It also gives a message of the strength of communication and forgiveness. This is a must read for a Christian.Jennifer AlLee is a talented writer who brings forth a good plot and sound storyline. Her characters captivate the reader who becomes invested in the outcome. The free Kindle offerings have provided me with an excellent read and a new author who's books I'll be looking for in the future.

  • Myra Johnson
    2019-03-11 23:47

    Jennifer AlLee has tackled a difficult subject with grace and sensitivity in this touching love story about how a young pastor and his estranged wife find healing for their marriage. Nick Shepherd did his best to serve his congregation, never realizing until it was too late how he had distanced himself from his wife. Maura Shepherd never felt as if she fit the "pastor's wife" mold, continually resisting the roles her congregation tried to thrust upon her. Separated for six years, now Nick and Maura have the chance to start over, thanks to the terms of a church parishioner's will. But first they must take an honest look at the mistakes each has made and learn to forgive.

  • Becka
    2019-03-07 03:37

    This was a free read and I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. I am glad I did though. While a Christian romance, the religious references are light and not overpowering. There is a lot there that I think any wife of a clergy member or child of someone in a prominent place in the community can relate to. People in those positions have a lot of unfair projections based on them. The plot is a bit odd but the character development is decent. Nothing sexier than a kiss and not a super light read for a variety of reasons.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-16 06:41

    Had I realized what a great book this was, it wouldn't have stayed on my TBR pile for so long. I enjoyed the unconventional romance (How often do you see a married couple learning to love all over again?), the realistic characters and the subtle but powerful faith element. This is definitely a keeper.

  • Teresa
    2019-02-18 05:00

    It's a cute story. However the characters are rather two-dimensional. Obviously the author hasn't gone through a TRUE crisis of faith, or it wouldn't be solved as easily as having people show up to help you move. I did enjoy it though, even though I had guessed the "big bad secret" 40 pages in.

  • Deborah
    2019-02-26 02:52

    I think I'm too old to enjoy books with emotionally immature people. The characters and storyline didn't work for me. However, I can see sweet romance lovers enjoying this. Reconciliation and second chances are always a good thing.

  • Judith
    2019-03-06 01:57

    Five stars A wonderful story! It has all of the best elements of a romance. Commitment, forgiveness, misunderstandings cleared up. And reconciliation. I needed a hankie for this one.

  • Betty J. Johnson
    2019-03-11 04:58

    Good book! Really enjoyed reading this book. Author did a really good job keeping reader interested in stotyline. I completed reading very quickly--didn't want to put book down. Will be looking forward to reading more books be this author.

  • diane smith
    2019-02-26 02:55

    Excellent thoughtsMade you think about the meaning of certain basis of Christian Faith. Loved the book look forward to more. Looks from this author

  • Pamela Tracy
    2019-02-23 07:34

    Nice easy read. Perfect for vacation.

  • Cherish
    2019-02-20 00:49

    Super cute, kind of predictable, faith based story! I enjoyed it!

  • Angela Blount
    2019-02-16 07:37

    After 6 years of largely unexplained absence, Maura returns to the scene of her wrecked marriage with only the intent to collect on an old woman's will. In doing so, she hopes to salvage her finances and failed family business. What she doesn't count on is running into her estranged husband, who's part in the same will requires them to live in the same house together again for exactly 6 months. Nick still isn't fully sure of the reason his short-lived marriage to Maura fell apart, but he knows his responsibilities to the church he still pastors...and he's harboring the hope that a dead woman's schemes might be the the catalyst to resurrecting a relationship he's not ready to bury...This honestly wouldn't be the kind of book I'd normally gravitate to, but I received an E-copy of it free, and was looking for a pleasant, light read. I can't say it disappoints at all in that regard. The book is decently written and edited to the point where I didn't pick up on any distracting errors. If you're someone who likes fully chaste, low-tension Christian chick-lit, you'd likely enjoy this quick read. If you're empathetic--or would like to be empathetic--to the kind of pressures and politics that are commonly endured by a small town pastor's wife, then this may be the book for you. On the flip-side, I feel like I should warn upfront that the heroine, Maura, is difficult to sympathize with. I kept waiting for her deep dark secret to be something more...well...deep and/or dark. At the very least I was hoping for there to be some unique twist to it that would make me more understanding of her conflict avoidance issues. But alas, the plotline is pretty straightforward. Don't expect much by way of surprises.I did like the character of Nick, even if he was a bit thick. And for the most part, I kept reading to follow his development. As a youthful, small town pastor, he comes across as authentic and genuinely good-willed. He's understandably hurt, and the experience of having his estranged wife back in his life as a reluctant roommate proves to be cause for all kinds of believable awkwardness. His personal journey to forgive and seek restoration felt natural, and the nudging and correction provided by God and his own conscience wasn't at all overdone. At the climax I really faltered on him, however. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that his reaction to having the whole truth laid bare seemed artificially overblown, and wasn't anything I'd ever seen or could relate to.

  • Grace
    2019-02-17 23:52

    Author: Jennifer AlleeTitle: The Pastor’s WifeDescription (source): Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved. Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness. As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him six years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built. (Amazon)Review source: This was a free Kindle book from Amazon, not an ARC.Plot: I think the plot was pretty relevant. It’s fairly common for pastors to be overcommitted to their jobs or to expect their wives to feel exactly the same calling that they do. When kids marry so young (I see it in my job every day), they often haven’t talked these issues out; the couple in the book met in March, married in June, and split up before Thanksgiving. Characters: The main characters were both likeable and flawed, and both had some growing to do over the course of the story. Secondary characters weren’t remarkable—I don’t see a book for any of them.Writing style: The author’s writing style is easygoing, light, pleasant, certainly competent. Not remarkable.Audience: Christian romance fans will really enjoy this book. I can’t really imagine why anyone else would want to read it.Wrap-up: I enjoyed the book, and it was a quick and pleasant read. The story took a dark turn, which seemed jarring, since until that point it had been pretty cozily rustic—but the characters needed to deal with that type of situation before their relationship would be resolved, so I could see why the author took the story that direction. I think a more skilled author might have made the transition less jarring. Overall, though, a nice way to spend an afternoon. 3.5/5*

  • Lori Twichell
    2019-03-03 23:53

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. This subject could easily be overbearing and preachy and I admit that I feared the worst. Imagine my delight when I opened this book and found myself so deeply involved in it that I carried the book everywhere with me. This story completely entranced me. It drew me in with a compassion and interest that made me feel like these were people I know. The writing shows a keen insight and understanding of what people go through as they live their Christian walk every day. AlLee addresses the hurt that comes from separation and divorce without ever preaching or judging. She moves deftly and with great beauty through the thought process of characters confronting sins of their past and mistakes of the present as they stretch through a sometimes painful maturing process.The storyline could easily feel trite and contrived, but AlLee diffuses this by having Maura voice the same feelings herself. The disbelief, questions and concerns that a reader might have, all get addressed through the storyline and plot, helping to make the story more believable and real.Many Christian books, especially stories about divorce or contemporary life, have a tendency to be heavy handed and preachy. The characters can sometimes speak some sort of Christian-ese language that doesn’t flow well with what believers live and speak daily. This book not only does not suffer from that problem, it flows with realism and understanding. The struggles are relatable. The language is honest. The writing is simple and beautiful. Several times as I was reading, I wanted to find Maura or Nick and give them a hug. This was a simple, beautiful story of love interrupted, found, and built again. This book would be a wonderful gift for a pastor’s wife, a newlywed, a seasoned wife… You know actually, just forget the list. This book is a beautiful read no matter who you are.

  • Esther Littlefield
    2019-03-02 00:41

    I don't usually write reviews, but after finishing this book, I felt I had no other choice but to put my thoughts into words. First off, this book is written from a Christian perspective, and I realize that might not be for everyone. That being said, I think most of us will find the story and characters relatable in one way or another. The main characters, Maura and Nick, were married young after a whirlwind relationship. Less than a year later, she's walked out on him without an explanation. The story picks up a few years later, when as a result of stipulations on a last will and testament, they are forced to live together for six months. The struggles they endure as they seek to first coexist in a civil fashion, then progress into friendship and possibly more, felt realistic and honest. The painful realization that we are all flawed and that relationships require work and sacrifice often come as a surprise to some, as it did to Maura, and to a certain extent, to Nick. Love grows despite the pitfalls and misunderstandings, but only when two people are committed to working things through. And above all, it's about trusting God even when things seem completely bleak and impossible. This book hit home for me because, as a Pastor's wife, I could relate to the pressures and expectations that are thrust upon a woman in that role by the husband, the congregation, and even the woman herself. Living in a "fishbowl" isn't a life many women would choose for themselves, but that's what most pastors and their wives face on a daily basis. Maura and Nick's story is about what happens when reality falls completely short of the expectations and the pain that ensues when disappointment sets in. But it's also about what happens when we finally face and let go of the past in order to move forward :) I highly recommend this book to anyone who longs for a clean, honest, love story :)

  • Delia
    2019-02-25 04:41

    Six years after abandoning her husband, her marriage, and a congregation of saints, Maura Sullivan returns to Granger, Ohio for the reading of a will. Its contents will bring the bitter woman not only back to a town she never wanted to see again, but trapped in the parsonage she disliked even as a newlywed. And back to the church that robbed her of her husband’s time and affections.Maura is mad at God, and equally angry at Nick. And the secret she harbors within her heart leaves little room for healing or forgiveness. It also could be the one thing that forever destroys any chance of reconciliation with her estranged husband.Nick Shepherd doesn’t know whether to be mad or glad when the will of a departed parishioner stipulates that he open his home for six months to the woman who left him without a word of good-bye. For six years, he and his wife have had no contact—not a phone call, not a letter, not even a greeting card. Can they live under the same roof now, with so many things unsaid, so many wounds untended…so much love unheeded?In this charming story of hurt and healing, of sin and redemption, Jennifer AlLee paints an eye-opening peek into parsonage life. In Maura and Nick’s story, pastors and their wives become people—real people, with real problems and concerns. With lives and loves and marriages that suffer from lack of attention when the church becomes “the other woman” in the relationship.Everyone who has ever had a pastor should read The Pastor’s Wife. Every pastor with a wife he’d like to keep should read this book. Every pastor’s wife who feels neglected, abandoned, and unappreciated should read this story. Any person who plays any kind of role in the church should read it, and be prepared to see their shepherds in a brand new light.Nice writing, and thoughtful handling of a delicate issue.

  • Graham Downs
    2019-03-11 06:42

    Traditionally in romance, marriage is either the climax of a story, or it is left out of the story altogether.In this romance, the story begins six years AFTER marriage, when a woman returns to town and meets up with her estranged husband, who she hasn't spoken to in a long time. Naturally, the plot thrusts them together, and how it ends (being a romance story) is pretty predictable. That being said, I really enjoyed HOW Jennifer AlLee gets the story to that ending. It's handled with sensitivity, simplicity, and love, and along the way both characters learn things about themselves, each other, and how God works.There's also something very unpredictable that happens AFTER the inevitable reunion. It's something that I definitely didn't see coming, although the author does a wonderful job of foreshadowing it and keeping the reader guessing.Having grown up in church myself, a lot of the circumstances and situations described in this story felt very familiar to me, and pleasantly so. Of course, being an American story, many of the Americanisms were glaringly obvious and a little disjarring to me. I'm still not entirely sure what chowder is, and I chuckled at the spelling of aluminum (that's aluminium to you and me!). And my favourite: a baked dish consisting of a sweet filling, and served as a dessert, is a TART. A PIE is served piping hot with gravy or chips (French Fries to the American readers), and most often contains meat, unless you're a vegetarian!Still, all these little idiosyncrasies added to the charm of the story, which I think was quite well written and very well told. I would recommend it to anyone in a relationship, or who would like to know more about God. And no, there's no sex in it... although it's alluded to a couple times!

  • LAWonder10
    2019-02-28 06:32

    What a clean, delightful story. It puts a different angle on how some view a Pastor's life. While recently married, a graduating student of theology received an opportunity to move to a small town where an ailing Pastor need an assistant. When barely moved in - and overwhelmed with a welcoming community-, the previous Pastor got worse and soon the full ministry fell on the very young Pastor. Wanting to show his commitment, he poured himself in serving their congregations need.Feeling overwhelmed and ignored, the Pastor's wife had a final issue she had to endure alone, because he was unavailable to her, so left and went back to live with her father.She had lost her mother to cancer when she was sixteen and when she returned home to her father she discovered his health was failing. She soon ended up running their failing deli business alone.She never expected her honeymoon would be traveling to a new state and a small, dull town. She never had any alone time with her husband who put everyone's needs before her own. This is not the life she expected.A mutual friend died and she was called to meet with the lawyer to find what the lady had left her for an inheritance. When she approached the elevator, who was there - just as shocked as she- but her husband who she'd not seen since six years ago. A shock was in store for both of them. It is a fun story how they each dealt with their individual situation and tried to make the best of it.Could they endure what they were expected to to each receive their sizable inheritance?It dragged in a couple of places and a little repetitive but well worth the reader' time

  • R.
    2019-03-14 23:44

    I liked this story it was sweet, an easy read and a little predictable but in a way, that can be part of the appeal. A couple falls in love and maybe gets married a little too quickly. Not an uncommon situation. In this case the husband is a pastor. His new wife seems to have no idea what will be expected of her husband or herself. She does not like that he is always busy with work related events. It makes her feel very unimportant. They have no communications skills with each other so she leaves him and moves home to her dad. Six whole years go by, her father passes away and She sells her father’s restaurant. A women who knew her from her time as a Pastor’s wife also dies and leaves her the old town theater on the condition that she move back to town and live with her husband again. The story is about how the two of them get to know each other again and learn where they went wrong, how to respect each other, and communicate their needs. What I want to know is how a Pastor could have gotten married without any marriage counselling? Many of their issues could have been discussed and worked out before marriage if they had pre marriage counselling by another pastoral couple. It seemed hard to believe that a young women could become a pastor’s wife and be so naive to the fact that a congregation would have expectations (right or wrong) about what a pastor’s wife should be.

  • Tom
    2019-02-17 01:59

    Okay...so i must admit....this is the first book (Christian fiction/love story) i have ever read. It was free on Amazon one day (for the kindle) so I downloaded it and plowed my way through. It was stereotypical. From the characters to the plot line (of which there wasn't much). Overtly Christian (though not a bad thing) with the typical cliches and sentiments. Sometimes wouldn't it be nice in a christian fiction book if a character that is a christian going through a hard time would say: "dammit, this is bullshit" I don't mean to be crass or to say that flippantly but isn't that more true to life experiences than some of the fluffy words that are attributed to a character that is upset going through a crisis. Of course, if that type of language were to be included in a "christian" fiction book most christian publishers wouldn't touch it or make the editorial changes to make it more palatable for its readership. But then we all know that true followers of Jesus never curse....right? Let me just say this....they wouldn't want me to write a christian fictional story with characters going through hardship. As far as ease of reading and the ability to get through the book....very simple and easy. Which, to its credit, was refreshing. It is nice, every once and a while, to sit down to a book and not feel like you have to meditate over every other paragraph because of the depth and significance of the writers thoughts.

  • jeanine
    2019-03-02 05:57

    Great example of common problemsI wish more understood the importance of relationship responsibilities. Making time for each other is so important to personal growth

  • Grace
    2019-03-10 05:44

    Pastor's lives are far from perfect they mess up and are faced with the same hurts and disappointments that we are. A lack of communication in any marriage can cause a gap that only God can heal. Read how Maura finds her first love and how her and Pastor Nick's marriage is put back together when bizarre circumstances come their way. A sweet book that I am sure you will enjoy.Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved. Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness. As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him six years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built

  • Tasha
    2019-02-18 00:58

    Maura returns to Granger after the death of a community member, Miss Hattie, only to run into her estranged husband, Nick. As the two of them learn the stipulations of Miss Hattie's will, they realize that life is about to turn upside down for both of them. Miss Hattie, an elderly community member who was wise beyond her years, was determined not to let this young couple walk away from what she believed to be a perfect marriage. In this tale of love reborn, Nick and Maura navigate a torn relationship while Maura explores the pains of her past and Nick looks at how his role as a pastor has impacted his life as a family man. The church members and other persons in the neighborhood at large are all privy to the inner workings of this situation as the two of them are forced to live their relationship in the public eye.The writing found in this book is simple and easy to follow. The plot is a simplistic, mostly predictable one. Yet, the story is such that my attention was easily kept. I had no difficulty staying interested, and the story wasn't so drawn out and filled with extraneous details that it became boring. This was a great feel good story, and it was an easy read.

  • Kendra
    2019-02-27 04:49

    Maura returns to the small town where her estranged husband is the pastor at a local church. She left 6 years before when she felt he put the church's needs above her needs. When a parishioner dies and leaves her an old theater in her will, Maura must return to Granger and live with her husband, Nick, for six months. Living in such close quarters, the couple confront the problems in their marriage and attempt to reconcile. I like the theme of reconciliation and forgiveness, but I really felt like this couple just needed to be put in a locked room together and forced to talk through their problems. I hate it when you know the couple still love each other, but won't be honest with each other to work through the difficulties. I wanted to like the story and these characters much more than I actually did. Please, please ... If you love her, fight for her! Same goes for the woman -- fight for him! Don't just run away from your problems. Of course, if that happened, there wouldn't have been any story to write. C rating.