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Down To You by Addison Kline ~Review~

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SYNOPSIS

Holly Edgemont used to love celebrating Christmas, that is, until her whole world was turned upside down by an unexpected divorce from her college sweetheart Brant. This year, not only is she divorced, but the kids are going out of state with her ex Brant, leaving her utterly alone. Holly’s party-girl friend Sloane tries to break her out of her frump by dragging her along to holiday parties where Holly meets cute and available Chris. But when Holly realizes that she still has feelings for Brant, she has a decision to make: Learn to trust her long time love who broke her heart, or move on for good.

Brant Edgemont is a divorced father of three, and hopelessly in love with his ex-wife, Holly. He made the biggest mistake of his life walking out two years ago. Despite his pleas to reconnect, Holly still resists him. Is it too late to rekindle their love? Or will Holly move on for good, leaving Brant himself heartbroken and alone?

Down To You is not just a romantic love story. It is a story of familial love, friendship, betrayal, redemption, and the magic that can happen at Christmas time when friends and family join together.

REVIEW BY ERIKA MAHONSKI

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Down To You is a cute story based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania about a man and a woman with three young children who recently separated and divorced.  It’s a story about grief and loss, but also forgiveness and unconditional love.  Although I’m not usually a big fan of shorter stories, I felt this book was the perfect length based on the events that took place.  I really enjoyed the storyline behind the writing, an ex husband and wife rekindling their relationship, helplessly in love, unable to move on from each other.

Holly and Brant Edgemont met many years ago while they were in college in a cafe where Brant was employed.  They hit it off immediately later getting married and having 3 beautiful children.  An unexpected work trip comes up while Holly is pregnant with their 4th child and Brant is sent to Hong Kong.  While he’s away, everything changes.  It isn’t until he returns that everything falls into the pits.

Will they ever be able to put the pieces back together and live as a family again?  Will the trust between the two of them remain the same?  Brant’s best friend and best man in their wedding, Chris, takes a turn against him as he chases after Holly.  Chris is well aware Brant still loves Holly but he doesn’t care- he wants her, in the worst way.  Will Holly choose Brant or Chris?  Or will she choose neither of them and stay alone?

I enjoyed reading this story because it’s unique.  Most romances start with a heartbroken woman who finds the perfect battered man and it’s all hotness, sexy, hopeless romance.  Down To You is different, the plot focuses on forgiveness, sadness, devotion, and yearning.  I was rooting for Brant the whole time!  I wanted to walk into the story and tell Holly all of the things that Brant couldn’t bring himself to say to her.

As I stated enjoying this read, I awarded it 3 stars for these reasons: it needs some more editting, for starters.  I am in no way a grammar nazi but there were misspellings and words that weren’t meant to be the word displayed.  Also, the storyline was unique but I thought it lacked spark.  I wanted something more to come in the way between them.  Maybe infidelity, a previous boyfriend/girlfriend, some sort of substantial issue.  I was looking for more drama, more grief, something to keep me sucked into the book.  Two thumbs up to the author for writing an adorable love story with a HEA- we all love happy endings. 🙂

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