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Book Review-The Will by Kristen Ashley

by | Jan 12, 2020 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

Book Review-The Will by Kristen Ashley

Book Review-The Will by Kristen AshleyThe Will by Kristen Ashley
Series: Magdalene #1
Published by Self Published By Author on April 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Pages: 595
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.
While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.
But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.
Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.

The Will is the first book in the Magdalene series and I deeply loved this book so MUCH!!! Kristen Ashley just NEVER disappoints me in her books and I don’t know why I delay in reading her books at times because they are so addictive and I always know I will fall in love with her storytelling each and every time. And this holds true for The Will. When I saw the Ebook available on Libby, I just knew that I needed to snatch it up and yes I read this book 600 pages in one sitting and boy it was amazing.

You are not a fool. You can never be a fool. You’re total from top to toe. You’re also a klutz. Own that,baby, because its cute and because it’s you. If you learn to accept yourself just as you are, learn t laugh at your quirks instead of hating them, show the world all that’s you without tryin’ to hide things that are not even a little unattractive, that makes you more attractive. What you got is a fuckuva lot. You own all of it and let it all hang out, you’ll go off-the-charts

Our story starts off with our heroine Josephine Malone, has had a life of shielding herself from pain from those she should have been able to trust the most. The only person she has truly opened herself out to is her grandmother “Lydia” but when her grandmother passes away, Josie, comes home for the funeral and to say goodbye to the person who stood by her and loved her fully. What she didn’t expect was to catch the eye of a father of three children, where a connection sizzles between them. But she is shocked to learn that he is part of her grandmother’s will when she has never met him. Only to learn that her grandmother held Jake in high regard and that her grandmother wanted them to be together if only just to be friends. But even though she has been traveling the world and working in fashion design, the small coastal town of Magdelene is calling to her and also Jake and his three beautiful children who have stolen her heart. Will Jake and Josie, both from different worlds be able to make a relationship work and find a love they never expected?

You see, a woman who knows herself and her worth knows that her time is valuable and her heart is precious. She doesn’t give either to a man who can’t respect the gifts he’s being offered.

What a story, oh my heart is just in all the feels after reading this book here. I am just simply stunned in this beautiful story that our beloved author has written here. I have to say this just might be one of my top books from this author and that is saying quite a bit considering how much I adore her books that I have managed to pick up so far. But this story was so heartfelt from the first chapter and I was instantly hooked. It is a long book, close to 600 pages, but honestly, those pages just flew right by me and I barely noticed. There is such a vivid connection that is portrayed between Jake and Josie. There is so much going on that we find out later in the book especially on Jake’s part. But I think what I truly enjoyed was the balance of the relationship between Jake and Josie and Josie’s relationship with his children. Now I will say especially at the end …epilogue especially I was SOBBING….literally I couldn’t stop it, such a beautiful scene and the emotions conveyed were so real. I can’t express enough how beautiful this story is and if you love reading romance, you NEED this book in your life!! NOW!! I guarantee you will have no regrets.

Every inch of you, outside and any way you can get inside, baby physically or emotionally, is mine. You don’t share that. Ever.

There is so much contained in this story and I really don’t want to spoil it too much to be honest. But I found overall I was consumed by their romance, it feeds the soul in such a unique way and I can’t wait to gobble up the next book “Soaring” which I am sure will be such as much of a delight as this one.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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