Title: Please Release Me
Author: Rhoda Baxter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Choc Lit
Source: Review copy from publisher
What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.
That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.
In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.
But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after…
Sally Cummings had a hard upbringing; wanting a better life for herself she looked for a rich husband. Luckily for her she found Peter, a young, smart and gullible entrepreneur who couldn’t help but fall in love with her. But Sally’s plans are disrupted when she is seriously injured in a car accident after leaving her wedding.
Almost a year has passed, Sally is still in a coma and Peter is still loyally beside her. He comes everyday to visit her in the hospice, he brings her flowers, talks and reads to her. His life is on hold waiting for Sally to wake up; all this is putting a toll on him. His family is worried, but nobody has been able to help him, until the day he meets Grace at the hospice. Grace is a regular at the hospice, she used to go everyday to visit her mom while she was there and now that she has passed, she visits her mom’s best friend. She also helps whenever she can at the hospice.
Grace invites Peter to help in the hospice and soon after a friendship develops between them. They are both attracted to each other, but Peter is a married man and his wife although in a coma she is still alive.
Things become more interesting when Sally’s ghost starts to haunt Grace. Sally is not ready to go and even in ghost form she’s ready to fight for Peter and for the future she always wanted.
I really liked Peter; he was a really good man with a generous heart. He was a bit innocent but that made him more endearing. I liked and admired his dedication to his wife. I can’t imagine being in his place, day after day visiting her while she’s in a coma and not knowing what the future awaits for any of them. I also liked his loyalty towards Sally.
Grace was another easy to liked character. It was also easy to see she was a good person with a good heart. My heart ached for her and her loneliness and for everything she has lost, but I liked that despite that she was still generous of heart. I liked that she understood Sally and even became friends with her. That shows how good she really was.
Sally was different. The more I got to see the real her and her intentions the less I liked her. Even though I thought she was a despicable woman, at times I couldn’t help but feel bad for her.
I can’t say much about the story without giving spoilers away and that will take away from the enjoyment of the reader. I can only say that the combination of likeable characters, a well-thought and well-paced plot, and good writing made of Please Release Me a very enjoyable read.
Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter was an interesting and somehow different read. It wasn’t your normal boy falls for girl and girl falls for boy. There are many things and secrets between them and it was great to see them overcome them.
Please Release Me was my first book by Rhoda Baxter, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. I recommend Please Release Me to contemporary romance fans.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
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