Wednesday, May 27, 2009



Lori Wilde's ALL OF ME is a Wilde wild ride and a fabulous, thoughtful, yet fun read! Pop this one in your tote and take it to the beach or you will wish you had. Having Jillian Samuels and Tuck Manning with you, will make your day! Jillian is a lawyer and finds herself headed to Salvation, Colorado, after leaving her job when the new boss turns out to be someone from her past she would just as soon stays in her past. Add to that her long time mentor, Blake Townsend, has died and it is more than she can take, feeling once again abandoned, and so decides that all she needs to do is find a place to start over. So when Jillian inherits a lovely cottage in Colorado from Blake, she decides to take it and that this is as good a place to start over than any other. Getting out of Houston is what is important to her now and the name of the town, Salvation,is a good omen. She can easily pass the Colorado bar exam and set up a quiet practice in those glorious mountains and leave Texas and all the bad memories behind. Unfortunately, Jillian doesn't know that with the house comes a man who is living there already.

Following a sabbatical from being a successful career as an architect to care for his wife, Aimee, who is dying, to say Tuck Manning's life goes through a devastating change is being kind. He decides after his wife's death that spending his time in this cottage on the lake that meant so much to them, in the quiet, decent town of Salvation is just what his torn apart world needs. Prior to Jillian's showing up, Blake, who was Aimee's dad, had deeded the house to Tuck. Tuck in turn gave the deed and paperwork to an elderly lawyer in town. Unfortunately, the deed was never filed and the lawyer can't find it. When Jillian shows up on his doorstep, he isn't budging as the last thing he needs is yet another change and upheaval in his life! Besides, the place means too much to him. Jillian also feels the same way as the cottage has come to mean a new start and "salvation" for her torn apart past.

Both Tuck and Jillian seem to have legitimate claims on the house so they decide to share the cottage and live like roommates until they can iron out the mess and find out who the house really belongs to. Neither of them could possibly foresee the path their lives are about to go down next, or that it will be together in far more than a "roomy" way. Both Jillian and Tuck have been hurt. Jillian has lived a life where no fairy tales come true and studying law was right for her with its cut and dried, overall detached emotional practices. Tuck, even after two years hasn't found what he needs to come to terms with losing Aimee and the cottage they spent many good times in is certainly not something he wants to let go of.

However, neither Tuck nor Jillian can ignore the changing feelings and chemistry they begin to feel as the roommates await the lawyer's findings. ALL OF ME is the fourth in a series by Lori Wilde, I found out, but it certainly stands well on its own. I think from what I have read that going back and reading the first three books would certainly give a reader a long history of the characters and how the Wedding Veil Wishes books became such a popular series! An enjoyable read and much more to it than I thought when I first saw this book. I was pleasantly surprised as I became caught up with the depth of the characters and cared about what happened to them. Kudos to Ms. Wilde for what for me will be the first, but for most just another, of her wonderful, well written novels.

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Pissenlit said...

Ohhhhh, so that's why they both had a claim on the cottage! Thanks for clearing that up! Heh, I'd read the synopsis before and was wondering. :)

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Cheryl M. said...

great review, now I'm even more anxious to read this one- I love "forced roommates" kind of stories!

ann marie said...

Hi Bingo,
Thanks for another great review, I have to add this to my summer reading pile. Have a great week. :)

Cindy said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this book!