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Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2016
I enjoyed the first book of this series very much; however, this one picks up very dramatically in Sicily and things just get more and more complicated. I found myself frustrated with all the non-communication issues between 2 people who were supposed to be so much in love. Also (SPOILER AALERT) characters behavior did not seem to fit them.
Jim believed in Libbie against all odds in first book ("that's not who you are") yet in this sequel seemed to not believe anything about her and yet still found true love again in last few pages.
Libbie discovers her therapist has violated his own professional code of ethics, lies to her consistently, and then stalks her. If her character were true to her deep concern for others she should have reported him as author has written him in such a way that he should not be re attempting to practice until he has been made to deal with this MAJOR therapeutic violation of her. Instead she listen's to him tell her what's 'still" wrong with her without his ever acknowledging that he is unfit to practice. Even tho it advances story I found this a continued violation of her character and one at this point in her recovery that should have been dealt. He tells her to go out and slay her dragons when he is a major dragon in her life himself.
Plot points left dangling:
Who drove the car that almost hit Jim? I felt there was a subtle but unwritten int that it might have been her therapist.
Libbie points out that Josh never calls her from the same cell thus her caller ID never identifies him. This is thrown out there, not resolved. Why bring it up, why leave it to reader to begin wondering?
Libbie goes to confront Margaret then during confrontation she lets Margaret walk all over her without speaking any real truth to her. She just acknowledges to herself that Margaret is old. Very therapeutically unhealthy and for such a plot build up there seemed to be no "dragon slain" but rather Margaret is left to regain her strength and spew her venom anther day. How has this really helped Libbie resolve anything.
Liv turns out to be a little psychopath and everyone in story seems to let her move forward with it. So many vicious lies -- I wonder was one of them telling her own mother that she saw Libbie deliberately push grandmother off balcony. As her character is revealed here I think her capable of this. Si would seem she is headed to a major destructive meltdown and her marriage is collapsing. What lies does she or will she tell her children which will harm them as they already have a love for Libbie. I feel her character is only headed towards ramping up her very destructive behavior. Again, Libbie doesn't speak any truth to her. Another "dragon not slain" that still has a lot of venom to harm.
At very end Jim resolves to relocate to Cub Creek. Unresolved is his son's issues on relationship and how this major relocation during his senior year with affect him and them.
CONCLUSION: Either book was rushed to market and it is a very disappointing stand alone sequel OR it is book 2 and there is a third book to follow. If the author indeed means to write a third this is a very disappointing bridge as is between 1 and 3 for me as I ended up not liking Libbie as much as I had in book 1.