A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Friday, July 12, 2013


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Making it Last by Ruthie Knox is a Kensington / Loveswept publication. This is short story/Novella. This is an update on Tony and Amber after ten years of marriage. I think the first novel they were featured in was "How to Misbehave". This book is set for a July 15th, 2013 release. When Tony's brother gets married in a tropical location, the whole family is invited. Things don't work out for Amber the way she had hoped. No spa treatments, no time alone, no fun. Tony spent the whole time on the phone conducting business and their three boys kept Amber busy the whole time. When it was time to go back home, Amber's mom generously offered to let Amber and Tony stay a few more days on her dime. But, Tony misinterprets the gesture, thinking Amber needed time alone. But, when his mother-in-law sets him straight, he goes to get his wife. This was a great romantic love story. If you are in a committed relationship/marriage and have kids, a demanding career and all the other things life throws at you, you will relate to this couple's struggle to keep their own identities outside of the roles as spouse, mother etc. The rut Amber and Tony find themselves in is an easy trap to walk into. When our parents age and their health declines, we have kids with allergies , and insecurities, plus money problems and career pressures, not to mention in this case a terrible family tragedy. If you are a mom, you know the kids become a priority in a marriage and all the conversations you have are about them or work or family. This story reminds us that sometimes, no matter what money issues or whatever else is going on, you have to make time to remember you and your significant other. Yes, it may mean that Gran has to babysit or that you miss out on a  little overtime pay or something, but in the end saving a good marriage is worth the extra effort. Thankfully, this couple gets a chance to have some time to alone to deal with the issues they never have the time to talk about at home. I loved the game they played. It gave them a chance to tell his or her side of things without accusations and bitterness and pity parties and so on. It was showed that hot sex can still happen even after ten years of marriage and three kids. This was a real warm and fuzzy feeling book with some pretty sizzling sex, for an old married couple. (Grin) Highly recommend even if are a newlywed and you think this will never happen to you. I rate this one an A.
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