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This is a very sad and emotional read that had me reaching for the tissue box quite a few times We obviously knew from the outset that Hannah Nolan was gonna get together, but it was also obvious that even after 7 years she still heavily mourned the loss of her husband and Nolan still mourned the loss of his best friend.Hannah s husband Caleb had been that popular kid at school that everybody gravitated to and throughout his whole life he addedpeople to his crowd of friends, all of whic This is a very sad and emotional read that had me reaching for the tissue box quite a few times We obviously knew from the outset that Hannah Nolan was gonna get together, but it was also obvious that even after 7 years she still heavily mourned the loss of her husband and Nolan still mourned the loss of his best friend.Hannah s husband Caleb had been that popular kid at school that everybody gravitated to and throughout his whole life he addedpeople to his crowd of friends, all of which had continued to meet and support his precious wife even after he had gone We also had a glimpse of the pain that Caleb s brother and parents still felt for their loss, so all in all Caleb was missed by scores of people Nolan is a very special man who not only accepts but wants and embraces that Caleb will always be with them, almost like a third person in a relationship but one that was harder to compete with because he was dead BUT, Nolan doesn t want or feel like he has to compete as he doesn t feel threatened in any way, and encourages Hannah to think about and remember Caleb andimportantly talk about it with him I am not sure there are many men who would accept that kind of relationship but Caleb was loved by all and they wanted to keep his memory alive All in all an emotional, special and fantastic read 3,5 Sweet and nice but sometimes a bit boring. This book irritated the crap out of me I must be a real cold hearted cow because all I could think was get over it already, he s been gone 7 years The whole freaking TOWN was still mourning Caleb, no wonder Hannah could not move on from his loss.I originally got to 20% and set the book aside but it annoyed me so much I picked it up again and skimmed to finish It Was Painful I m done with the series. Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating A Spend some time with me We can do anything you want No pressure, no kissing, no nothing unless you want it I d be completely happy if I got to hold your hand, Hannah Unnerved by his urgently spoken words and the kindness behind them, she licked her lips and tried not to notice the way he zeroed in on the movement of her tongue Why me Hell if I know, he said with a gruff laugh, but I can t remember a time when it wasn t you H Review posted Happily Ever After ReadsBlog rating A Spend some time with me We can do anything you want No pressure, no kissing, no nothing unless you want it I d be completely happy if I got to hold your hand, Hannah Unnerved by his urgently spoken words and the kindness behind them, she licked her lips and tried not to notice the way he zeroed in on the movement of her tongue Why me Hell if I know, he said with a gruff laugh, but I can t remember a time when it wasn t you Hannah lost her best friend and husband, Caleb, in Iraq seven years ago She s grieved and been going through the motions for so long she s finally ready to move forward She takes another hit early on in the story when the dog Caleb rescued years ago dies tissue alert for me anyway and it brings back a rush of memories for Hannah Only this time, Nolan is there A man who s stood on the sidelines for the past few years, loving Hannah from a distance and waiting for the time to be right for them to try to bethan friends Nolan was good friends with Caleb and it s just as weird for him as it is for Hannah to think about a relationship together, but for Nolan, Hannah s it He ll wait his whole life if that s what it takes to be with the woman he loves.This is such an emotional and heavy at times story, for not only Hannah and the pain she s been feeling for years losing her husband so young, but for Nolan as well He doesn t come from a great family, he s ashamed to tell Hannah about his parents and he s been SO damn patient, waiting for as long as necessary before Hannah was ready to think about moving on with her life There were a few moments at the end I got a little frustrated with Nolan, but for the most part, this man had me wrapped around his little finger from the start Basically from the moment he told Hannah that if all he could ever have from her was being able to hold her hand, he d be happy sigh, love him.And so their relationship starts Nolan is just happy to finally have a chance and he s willing to take it as slow as Hannah needs and there are some emotional bumps along the way since this is the first time Hannah s been with a man since Caleb Caleb does play a fairly big role in the book, through retelling of stories by his friends and family, Hannah s memories and getting snippets of her journal entries about him over the years I liked how he was included because it showed how much Hannah loved him, and how hard it was for her to move past his death and in some ways she never did allow herself to move forward until Nolan.Nolan is such a sweet man, he is everything Hannah needs and them being friends for years helps move their romantic relationship right along and I enjoyed seeing everything unfold for them From their first kiss, their first date, to Nolan letting Hannah know that she can tell him absolutely everything and they talk a lot They for the most part don t keep things from each other Expect for Nolan and the truth about his father, which felt a little too dragged out for me, especially with Nolan wanting Hannah to be so open with him, it was my one little issue with this otherwise great hero But this is the thing I find myself most enjoying about this series the focus is on the couple No crazy outside angst or third parties plotting against the hero and heroine It s just about how the couple comes together and against a few odds, finds a way to make their relationship work Sure, Nolan and Hannah s story is a little heavier and packs quite an emotional punch throughout, but I love reading romances when the focus is all about the family, the small town setting, the big family with siblings who all love each other and butt into each others lives like only brothers and sisters can.I read the first two books in the Green Mountain series back to back and I m already crazy forThis family, the small town, the way Marie Force is putting the romance on page is everything I love about contemporary romance I m a sucker for a big family series and this one hits all the right notes for me Review on InkvotaryOkay, after I had finished this novel, I had to take a deep breath and to stop reading for a few hours I wasn t sure about my rating if I would give five stars or only four about my feelings and for sure not what I should think of Hannah But I can tell you this read this series chronologically No matter what the publisher says Besides that, I highly recommend this series.As you can see, I ended up giving only 4 stars That is because I wasn t as thrilled by it, as I was Review on InkvotaryOkay, after I had finished this novel, I had to take a deep breath and to stop reading for a few hours I wasn t sure about my rating if I would give five stars or only four about my feelings and for sure not what I should think of Hannah But I can tell you this read this series chronologically No matter what the publisher says Besides that, I highly recommend this series.As you can see, I ended up giving only 4 stars That is because I wasn t as thrilled by it, as I was after reading the first two books Hannah is, well, she can be quite a bit stubborn and needs to have everything and anything under control That leaves not much space for poor Nolan because even in bed she needs to be in control And that was something, I am not really fond of Nothing against a woman who knows what she wants and who likes to control everything But Hannah was, for my taste, a bit too much of everything Piper s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews5 STARSReview copy provided for an honest reviewI will start this review off by saying, DAMN YOU Marie Force for making me cry like a big ol baby More than once I Want To Hold Your Hand is book two in Marie s new Green Mountain series As most of you know Marie is one of my go to authors I fell in LOVE with Marie s book after reading Maid For Love book one in her McCarthy s of Gansett Island series Marie is a wonderful story teller, and Piper s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews5 STARSReview copy provided for an honest reviewI will start this review off by saying, DAMN YOU Marie Force for making me cry like a big ol baby More than once I Want To Hold Your Hand is book two in Marie s new Green Mountain series As most of you know Marie is one of my go to authors I fell in LOVE with Marie s book after reading Maid For Love book one in her McCarthy s of Gansett Island series Marie is a wonderful story teller, and I cannot get enough of her books.Hannah Abbott Guthrie lost her husband Caleb seven years ago in Afghanistan Life has pretty much been at a standstill for Hannah the last seven years She has had the love her family, Caleb s family and her dog Homer to pull her along these last seven years After a brief encounter with longtime friend Nolan, Hannah begins to realize that she may just be ready to move on with her life To let go of her past with Caleb and find love again.Nolan Roberts has been friends with Hannah since childhood In fact he was one her husband Caleb s best friends When Nolan realizes that his feeling for Hannah have moved from friendship to somethinghe is worried how this will affect his relationship with not only Hannah and her family, but Caleb s family as well Nolan has a lot of struggles to overcome He feels he is not worthy of Hannah because of his past.Hannah and Nolan s story is so wonderfully written that you root for them, cry for them, and just want to reach into the pages to hug them To tell them everything will be alright and work out because they truly belong together I loved that we got a look into Hannah and Caleb s relationship through diary entries at the start of each chapter I liked that even though Caleb was not there physically he was still very present in the story Caleb may have been a hero, but he was not perfect, and his relationship with Hannah was not perfect I was glad Marie gave us insight to their relationship without it being an overkill.For those of you who have read Marie s Gansett series, she did an outstanding job of telling the story of Jenny Wilks, who lost her fianc in 9 11, finding her way back to herself and back to love I never thought I could beinvested emotionally in a character than I was with Jenny, but Marie managed to prove me wrong with Hannah Abbott Guthrie This book is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and probably laughing and crying at the same time I have said this before, but Marie truly just has a way of telling a story that draws you in, and never lets you go Not even when you reach the end of the book.In I Want To Hold Your Hand, we also get some new information about Colton Abbott, who s story will be told in book three And as always I am ready for someColton I can t wait to see what Elmer and Lincoln will do next, as they meddle in the love lives of the Abbott children Those guys may be in for some trouble Again, WELL DONE Mrs Force This is another wonderful and beautifully written story of the power of love and family Now this is how contemporary romance is done Marie Force has gifted us with an incredibly beautiful story of love, loss and finding the courage to love again.I was immediately drawn into the story it s excruciatingly raw and completely relatable I found myself laughing and grieving with Hannah and I wanted mostly to comfort her What I found both equally beautiful and heart wrenching was at the start of every chapter there was a snippet of an entry in Hannah s diary starting when she first me Now this is how contemporary romance is done Marie Force has gifted us with an incredibly beautiful story of love, loss and finding the courage to love again.I was immediately drawn into the story it s excruciatingly raw and completely relatable I found myself laughing and grieving with Hannah and I wanted mostly to comfort her What I found both equally beautiful and heart wrenching was at the start of every chapter there was a snippet of an entry in Hannah s diary starting when she first meets Caleb her husband at the age of twelve and continues on until the age of thirty five The bittersweet flashbacks give the story so muchdepth and understanding into Hannah s grief and reluctance to move on.I love how human the characters are I admire Hannah s courage and her huge, caring heart Seven years after her husband s death, Hannah finally decides to take the first step and start dating but she isworried about what people will think andimportantly what her husband s parents will think Thankfully all her fears are misplaced and she has a wonderful support system in her family and her husband s family as well as the entire town.Nolan is my total dream man He is patient and kind and honest and I just can t tell you how many times I dreamy sighed while reading the story I really appreciate that the author created such a standup guy There are a lot of books in the romance genre today about bad boys and womanizers but I gotta tell you, there is nothing sexier than a faithful man Hannah and Nolan were paired together beautifully Their love story is one of patience, understanding, and a love so pure and true, it makes you desperately hope for a love like this to truly exist.I absolutely love the Abbott family and I especially love the father, Lincoln Abbott and his father in law, Elmer Stillman who are the self appointed matchmakers in the family These guys are quickly becoming my favorite characters The duo are devising plans to help Lincoln s kids Elmer s grandkids find their happily ever afters While the ultimate end goal is to see all the kids married off and happy, it has become somewhat of a competition between the two to see who can bring the most couples together They are completely unrepentant and have easily worked their way into my heart.We are also treated to a bonus short story at the end of the book featuring Nolan and Hannah called A Hard Day s Night Oh, and did I mention I LOVE the names of the books The Beatles are my favorite band of all time and all The Beatles references are totally awesome I want to thank Cait Needham, Dee Baily, and Army Lt Col Rebecca Eggers who shared intimate details about their own losses with the author I also want to thank Marie Tillman, Mary Tillman, Matthew Logelin, Jennifer Gardner Trulson, Jackie Hance and Janice Kaplan who authored books that have influenced Marie Force in the creation of this beautiful storydetails in the acknowledgements segement of the book Thank you all for your bravery in telling your story and your courage to move forward Your husbands, wives, sons, and daughters are heroes and will never be forgotten Thank you for allowing your stories to be told through Hannah and Nolan.This book is one of the best books I ve ever read and I invite all readers to experience this incredible story of courage, family and most of all, love Reviewed by Elizabeth for Cocktails and Books *Download Book ☚ I Want to Hold Your Hand ⇝ For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home But it isn t until they open themselves up to love that they ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn t sure she s ready or able to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband s memoryNolan has loved Hannah for years, but he d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can t resist, but he knows earning her love will take than a kiss Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible and well worth risking her heart While I loved book 1, I did not connect as much with this couple as I did with the previous one I loved the story I truly did, and I definitely enjoyed reading Hanna s story While a young widow who was truly devoted to her husband, even after his death, she deserved a HEAthan anyone else So reading her book was great, and I m sure a great addition to the series Still, after book 1, this one just did not manage to captivate me Everything was just so sad, and while she was starting to While I loved book 1, I did not connect as much with this couple as I did with the previous one I loved the story I truly did, and I definitely enjoyed reading Hanna s story While a young widow who was truly devoted to her husband, even after his death, she deserved a HEAthan anyone else So reading her book was great, and I m sure a great addition to the series Still, after book 1, this one just did not manage to captivate me Everything was just so sad, and while she was starting to get to date Nolan, true happiness just never seemed to get any closer A constant depressing mood was always present I never got to truly enjoy reading about this couple.I just think the author got too focused in the past and did not give enough pages to develop this new relationship Still everything was wonderful, and while sad I really enjoyed the read It just took me longer to read it and I never got to be as excited as I was while reading the previous book in the series.Now book 3 seems to be one I ll enjoy big time We ll see Solid both the audio and the story, I do love MF s stories and this one is particularly touching and well handled A widow grieves for her deceased husband, killed overseas 7 years, tucked into a cocoon of her own making What I particularly liked is there was room in this romance for both her past love and her future love Often the past is cut away or made unimportant, not in this case Also flashbacks werediary format which I ve always liked As mentioned you actually fall for both men Solid both the audio and the story, I do love MF s stories and this one is particularly touching and well handled A widow grieves for her deceased husband, killed overseas 7 years, tucked into a cocoon of her own making What I particularly liked is there was room in this romance for both her past love and her future love Often the past is cut away or made unimportant, not in this case Also flashbacks werediary format which I ve always liked As mentioned you actually fall for both men, but understand her new love will bring her back to life