The last person Maddy Kelly expects to show up at her mountain cabin for the holidays is her soon-to-be ex-husband, who was always too busy to enjoy their hideaway. Following doctor’s orders to reduce stress, Michael arrives at their remote cabin, unannounced and unexpected, in the dead of night, during a snow storm. Which is why Maddy greets him with a fire poker to the head, rendering him unconscious, and with a case of temporary amnesia. As his memory returns, Michael realizes how much he loves his wife, and is willing to do anything to get her back, even if it means pretending to still have amnesia.
Add to the mix Michael’s mischievous 13-year-old nephew, who has stowed away in Michael’s car, and Maddy’s two dachshunds who take an instant disliking to Michael, and you have a laugh-out-loud recipe for a romantic romp.
Book: Just Married Again by Charlotte Hughes
Publication Date: 11/25/2015
Published By: self pub
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
First off, many thanks to Charlotte Hughes, who provided a free copy of Just Married Again in exchange for an honest review.
This is a hilarious second-chance romance. Maddy and Michael have been separated for a year and are on the edge of divorce when one weekend in a vicious snowstorm forces them together. Neither knew the other would be coming to their shared cabin over Thanksgiving, both thinking the other would be with family for the holiday. Maddie arrives first, with her two little dogs, and just barely escapes the teeth of the coming storm, having to hike in when her car gets stuck in the snow. When Michael arrives she clobbers him with a fire poker, thinking that he’s a criminal trying to break into the house. Unbeknownst to both her and Michael, his nephew has stowed away in the trunk of his car, and with his help she tends to Michael’s wounds. He awakens with amnesia. Maddy begins to see Michael in a new light as he recovers: this handsome, sweet man is miles away from the cold stranger to whom she was married.
Michael’s amnesia only lasts overnight, but he has no qualms about faking it to get Maddy’s attention. Over the past year one lesson has been driven home to him--he wants his wife back. Thanks to Maddy’s stellar avoidance techniques, he has barely had the chance to speak to her in the last year, much less convince her to give him another chance. The final event that caused their breakup was tragic, and Michael would consider himself lucky if she even deigned to speak to him afterwards. But if he can’t remember what happened….it’s not in Maddy’s sweet nature to hold him to something that he cannot remember. He’s going to take this opportunity to try to right some old wrongs, and heal a hurt that goes clear to the bone.
I enjoyed this short little tale, it was both funny and touching. The nephew and the dogs provided constant comic relief. It was sweet to see Maddy and Michael rediscovering each other after so long apart and so much pain between them. I could easily see this being made into a feel good Hallmark type movie, and being wildly successful.
Till next time
About the Author:
Charlotte Hughes was raised in the South, the oldest and only daughter of three children. Her love of reading began in second grade when she read “Charlotte’s Web,” and she went on to become a devoted Nancy Drew fan. In college, she majored in communications and quickly found her voice in works by Southern authors like Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Katherine Anne Porter. Her favorite book, which she claims to have read several times, is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.
Charlotte was introduced to romance by Kathleen Woodiwiss and early Danielle Steel books. She was in her late twenties, and a new mother, when she began writing seriously, trying her hand at short stories and, finally, category romances. Although she collected numerous rejections on her first book, her second book, Too Many Husbands, was snatched up by Bantam Books and published as a Loveswept in 1987. The book quickly hit the #1 spot on Waldenbooks. Charlotte went on to write almost 30 books for the line before it closed. Since that time, she has written romantic comedy, a “soft” horror anthology, and romantic suspense. After co-authoring the very popular Full House series with Janet Evanovich, Charlotte decided to start her own series about a female clinical psychologist and her crazy family, friends, and patients. The first book, What Looks Like Crazy was followed by Nutcase and High Anxiety. Lately she has been releasing some independently published romances, and is writing a series based in the Low country.
With about 50 books under her belt, Charlotte is best known for her “gut-busting” comedy. Although she has won a number of awards, her biggest thrill is hearing from readers who claimed her books helped them get through a very difficult time in their lives. “I’ve received letters from cancer patients and those who have lost loved ones who told me they were able to laugh through their darkest moments because of my books. Those letters mean more to me than awards and bestseller lists.” Her comedy, she claims extends into her personal life. She trained her nieces and nephews at an early age to call her Beautiful Aunt Charlotte.
Charlotte first fell in love with historic Beaufort, SC, while vacationing on one of the Sea Islands when her two sons were less than three years old. Finally, in 1992, the family relocated to the area, and Charlotte has been living in the low country ever since. The coastal town, having escaped the destruction of the Civil War, boasts more than 100 antebellum homes and churches, and is a tourist hot-spot and home to author Pat Conroy. “I find being surrounded by water, salt marshes, and enormous moss-draped live oaks calming,” Charlotte says. “I can’t imagine living any place else.” She admits to being a homebody who keeps a low profile. Only a couple of her neighbors know she’s a bestselling author.
With her sons grown, Charlotte shares her low country home with two Dachshunds whom she lovingly refers to as Lil Boy and Lil Bit who rule the roost. “It’s like having two toddlers in the house,” she says, “but where else do you get that kind of unconditional love?”