Top positive review
Stunning story that will mark your heart and soul like no other!
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
All of Me turned my heart inside out. A.L. Jackson has upped her game once more with this gut-wrenching love story that caused me to continually try to catch my breath while reading it. It's the kind of book that is almost begging you to look away, yet you simply can't. And it's all because Jackson continues to create such spectacular characters that you simply must know that there is a good chance that everything will turn out all right.
I just knew Ian Jacobs would have tough story to tell. Getting even just a few of the bits of his tortured life as a boy in his brother's book, More of You, had me desperate to find out more. And we get so much more in terms of his past and what makes him the man he is today. The one who will not love. Who will not succumb to any woman. Who will rule the world as full partner at his law firm, not wanting his seedier side to infiltrate that dream. Ian is a man on a mission and no one was happier to see that steely facade begin to crumble that I was, when a certain distraught mom of 3 catches his eye and turns his world upside down over and over again.
Holy smokes. The forbidden romance between Ian and Grace Dearborne was akin to watching a man walk across a tightrope. Their immediate attraction held a delicate balance from the start as they saw each other across a crowded ballroom. What transpires between them as they try hard to resist the other and then proceed to become attorney and client when Grace has no one else to turn to or to trust, is all kinds of heartbreaking. Talk about push and pull. OMGoodness. These two were made for each other yet have to keep their distance, which is next to impossible, as Grace's powerful ex-husband battles her for custody of their children.
The tormented soul that is Ian had me in tears more than once. His battle to keep his heart under wraps when he is more than deserving of a great woman by his side and a family to truly love, broke me. I just wanted to reach in my Kindle and hug Ian and tell him to stop punishing himself for his past transgressions and to never let Grace go. But I understood his reluctance and decisions he made for himself so many years ago. But that didn't mean I didn't suffer right along with him, because I did.
The book is a tough journey to swallow at times. There is a lifetime of angst from both Ian and Grace. But thankfully, Jackson provides the desperately needed levity in the form of Ian's niece, Bailey and Grace's daughters, Mallory and Sophie. These 3 give everyone involved a chance to laugh, to sing and even shake their booty while preparing breakfast. In addition, I loved Grace's grandmother, a woman who always found the silver lining to any dark cloud that Grace had to endure.
As worlds collide more times than seemed possible in this story, I honestly wasn't sure how Ian and Grace would survive all that is thrown at them. With long-held secrets revealed and lives seemingly obliterated, their road to happiness is truly littered with the worst kind of detours. But I still held hope that love could conquer all. After all, doesn't every woman deserve a hero who can and will save the day? Grace certainly does and Ian clearly seems to be the right fit for that cape.
A.L. Jackson certainly gave her all with this latest gem of hers and I'm in awe of this truly moving story. All of Me is intense and beautiful and full of a rare kind of love that took my breath away. It was most definitely worth all the glorious angst I felt along the way and I happily give All of Me a huge 5 stars!