- Eternal Press
- Release Date
- February 2011
Taking Back His Widow Blurb.
When Livinia Jacobs grudgingly ran from the love of her life with his child in her womb into the arms of another man, she never thought she'd see Dean Stone again.
Eleven years later, she finds herself widowed in a picturesque little coastal town of Queensland and her past has come back to haunt her.
Livinia was completely aware of her lack of control in Dean's presence. Heck; that was half the attraction in the first place, but her secret kept her feet firmly on the ground and her heart guarded from the once youthful dream of a future with him.
Dean forgot the most important thing of all about Livinia, she was his addiction. Ten minutes with her and he was craving her touch again, wanting to hold her, to feel her soft naked skin against his, to kiss those supple, pink lips. Hell, he wanted her period.
But can he forgive her and prove to her he's no longer the scared boy he once was, but now the man she needed him to be- a man she could trust with her heart- no matter the sacrifice.
Mar 13, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Perfection. TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW is a beautifully written treasure that left me warm inside, hoping I'd never forget the exquisiteness of the journey. Contemporary romance readers, lovers of stories with passion and heart, you really must check this gem out.
What an absolute gift this story was. Thank you so much to Kerri Williams for sharing this tale of lost love found. As anyone with some years behind them can testify, sometimes we aren't prepared to handle life's greatest joys when we are younger, but with age comes the maturity to appreciate what's important in a way you couldn't in your youth.
At 19, Liv and Dean knew what they wanted out of life. They had a plan and it started with a wedding, then would come their years at the university followed by a career as investigative reporters. It was all mapped out.
Until Liv learned she was pregnant.
Eleven years later, Dean is on assignment in a small coastal town in Australia when he hears a familiar haunting voice over the radio. Dashing to the station, his hopes and fears are confirmed as he watches the woman who he'd planned to spend his life with exit the building.
Now Liv must confess that she never ran off and had an abortion as her note implied. Dean is the father of Luke, her ten year old son. Not only that but Liv married the local town hero two short months after fleeing Dean and allowed that man to raise Luke as his own son until he died at sea. She did it for Dean. No. She did it for both of them. Liv knew Dean would join the family company and forgo his dream of traveling the globe and reporting from some of the most dangerous places on the planet. He was the kind of man who would put his family first and his dreams aside.
Now, eleven years later, he is going to find out and the three of them are going to have to make a new plan for the future.
I loved how the son's (Luke) point of view and confusion were so well represented in the story. It just added a whole new dimension that created a family. All the choices seemed real, the emotions so palatable and the energy so tangible. Ms. Williams's writing voice brought to life a coastal community, raging storms, and three people struggling to define what their family is going to be. The way the whole community kept an eye on Dean, making sure Liv wanted him around and making sure he was treating her with respect was charming. All that attention to creating a world I could feel as Liv, Dean and Luke got to know each other added so much to the experience.
The passion is really evident. These two never fell out of love. In fact, discovering that Liv did what she did out of love, so that he could live his dream just made everything that much more intense. Yes, there's anger and hurt feelings and most definitely feelings of betrayal, but under it all is Liv's love for Luke and Dean and Dean's love for Luke and Liv. And eleven years of wanting each other. Missing each other.
When I got to the end, I was ready to move to Australia and enjoy the simple coastal life Liv had built for herself. This really was a beautiful journey. It had highs and lows, just like all of our families' experience. We should be so blessed to know how to cherish the love we have been given as these two learn.
This is a feel good tale of triumph and reunion. The characters seemed real, the writing left goose bumps on my arms, and time just seemed to slip away as I enjoyed Liv and Dean's family reunion. This is definitely one of my Top Picks to check out. Enjoy!
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BOOK INTERVIEW on April 2011
Kerri, thank you so very much for sharing this amazing story with me. I just love when two characters are at an emotional point in their lives and I get to ride the rollercoaster with them. Dean and Liv really captivated me. I laughed with them. I cried. I might have even yelled (but just a little) when I was frustrated. It was two am when I put the book down and sat to write my review. I just couldn't bear to leave your little town and the wonderful people there, so with this interview, I'm hoping to learn more about them and be with Dean and Liv a little bit more.
Q: I'm going to start with confessing that Australian geography is not my subject. But the coastal town TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW was set in really captivated and charmed me. Is the coastal town you set the story in real and what made you chose it as the location for Liv's escape?
"Maple Cove" was loosely based on a small town I used to live in ten years ago when we had our second child. Tin Can Bay is a small town on the coast of Queensland. It's quite large now, but back then, it was like a close knit community where you didn't lock your doors and your dog had multiple families who loved him, so it was an easy choice for what Liv needed in her life then.
Q: Was there any part of researching or preparing to write this story that really compelled the story forward? Something that got you excited to start the journey?
I wanted the reader to feel the struggle that both Dean and Liv were going through. It took a lot of will power to pace those emotions. I wanted this happy ending for these long lost lovers and I wanted it now, but I knew it wouldn't do them or the readers justice if I rushed it no matter how excited I was.
Q: I really rode the emotional rollercoaster with this one. What part was emotionally intense and challenging to write?
I love life's rollercoaster – more ups than downs please – but I did find it a little hard to keep Liv from spilling the beans about his mother. It was a tricky fine line Liv and I had to tread carefully.
Q: You used secondary characters really well in TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW. There were so many that I found fascinating. Who charmed his way into your heart more than the others?
Sully of course. Her brother in-law made my heart swell over and over, and I think he'll be a favorite for readers too.
Q: Dean's mother is..... I'll be politically correct and say she leaves a lot to be desired in the mother-in-law department. Was it more fun to write the meanie? All the actors say the evil characters are fun to play. How was it like writing such a mean character into the story?
She was easy to play. I think it's the bitchy side in me. (grin) She played a vital part in the reasons to Liv leaving and that had to be told and dealt with.
Q: Was there a time when the characters just weren't cooperating during the writing? What did you do to show them who's boss?
Oh yes. When it happened, my husband and I had planned a motorbike trip with some friends and family to Dorrigo – in the icy winter. Brrrr. Anyway, my backside got a little sore and to get past it, I began to plot the rest of my book. By our next stop, I was excitedly telling the crew that I had the end in the bag. Too bad I had another two days before I could put my fingers to a keyboard.
Q: What would Dean's reception at the town bar be like today? It wasn't very good when he was chasing the town hero's widow, Liv.
I'm a reader who needs all the loose ends tied up in a pretty bow. So I made sure I mentioned the new camaraderie between the locals and Dean by the end. Today he would get his usual beer plonked on the bar before he even sat down and engaged as one of the locals.
Q: How has Dean been shaped by his experiences of the past eleven years? And how could he be the man that Liv needs?
Dean has seen tragedy and had a taste of it too. I think during his reporting stint through third world countries and war, he has grown and realized he must cherish the dreams closest to his heart.
Q: Liv was also changed by her experiences when they were apart. How had she grown such that the mature Liv is all the woman that Dean needs?
Livinia has learnt to stand strong against all odds and loss and face her demons and most of all her fear.
Q: Neither Liv nor Dean has any reason to trust each other. How hard is it to get trust back when the stakes were so high?
Although their love and passion for each other was stronger than any other emotion, a time came where Liv felt betrayed and that stemmed from the very beginning. It took a little outside help before they could get it right.
Q: What is the most romantic thing that Dean did for Liv?
For Livinia, I feel it was allowing their son to play matchmaker. Rings and words are romantic, but that one did it for me and Liv.
Q: The bar is covered in town memorabilia and photos. If you had a memento or photo left behind at the bar to show you were once there, what would it be?
A copy of TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW. Lol. If I'm with the family, it would have to be one of our photos. I love photos! (Just make sure it's taken from the right angle. Hehe)
Q: What's up in the coming months for you?
My trailer for TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW will be in ‘You Gotta Read Videos' competition on the 20th of April. Voting will between the 21st and 26th.
My Launch will be coming up at both Port Macquarie Library and their Laurieton branch which is very exciting. The dates will be available on my web soon and much more.
Thank you Kerri for taking the time to answer my questions. I just want to say once again how much I enjoyed every single moment of TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW. It had suspense, family and laughter, love and plenty of hot sex, joy, sorrow and one amazing little town filled with some extraordinarily loving and supportive folks. It was a special place to visit. Thank you again for sharing it with me. I know all of our contemporary romance readers are just going to fall head over heels for TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW too.
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