Without You by Lindsay Detwiler #5StarReview @lindsaydetwiler @XpressoReads

Posted May 28, 2016 by Cyndi Becker in 2016, 5 Star, Contemporary Romance, Cyndi, Our Review / 0 Comments

Without You by Lindsay Detwiler #5StarReview @lindsaydetwiler @XpressoReadsWithout You by Lindsay Detwiler
Published by Limitless Publishing on December 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 294

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


On the surface, Jenna Landsen has it all

SheÔÇÖs smart, beautiful, confident, and married to Camden Landsen, who happens to be drop dead sexy and just as successful. But after five long years, all the success in the world hasnÔÇÖt brought the romantic spark back into her marriage. Jenna fears it never will.

When life gives you lemons, open a bakery and name it Vis

Violet Streiff made the exact mistake her mother warned againstÔÇöshe fell in love with Liam Coffman, a charming finance major. When he left her heartbroken to further his career, Violet drowned her sorrows by opening a bakery, and now relies on Bob, her eighteen-pound cat, for warmth at night instead of a sexy man.

To find love, sometimes you first have to discover yourself

When JennaÔÇÖs job offers an extended trip to New York, she packs her bags and takes a two-month vacation from life. The chance of her marriage surviving looks grim, until the surprise of a lifetime throws a wrench in her plans to stay in the Big Apple for good.

You can bend the rulesbut sooner or later theyll break

When Violet meets a gloomy but totally drool-worthy guy named Camden in her shop, sheÔÇÖs sure her luck has changed. ThereÔÇÖs no denying the chemistry, but heÔÇÖs married, and thatÔÇÖs a major problem. Violet isnÔÇÖt a homewrecker. Still, staying away from Camden proves nearly impossible. That is, until his wife comes home.

Two women.
Two men.
Double the chance to find love in the most unexpected placesÔÇöor double the chance for disaster.

Going into this read, I had the feeling it would be a hurts so good read. ┬áI was also filled with dread and anxiety.┬á It didnÔÇÖt look like a full on ┬áÔÇ£cheatingÔÇØ story line, but there are subtle hints for sure. I went back and forth in deciding when to start it and for the first time EVER, I started it and also went to the end chapters just to see how bad it might be. I know, I’m really good at creating anticipatory anxiety. Low and behold, it is an amazing story about the frailty of relationships and is as exquisitely written as I had heard.

All of the characters are people you know, maybe even yourself. Not oddly, I found myself feeling a ton of sympathy for Jenna and Camden. I think the author does a stellar job putting us in her frame of mind and creating the situation that doesn’t necessarily make her a bad person. She ┬ágiven the chance to work in New York for period of time. SheÔÇÖs very tense about their marriage and having doubts about trying to create and keep the spark. But, sheÔÇÖs not leaving Cam, it’s a break. Honestly, in my many years of marriage IÔÇÖve had some of the exact same thoughts. How do you keep the spark and grow your relationship, when day to day you may not be getting the support you need to maintain your home, etc. Real Domestic bliss is HARD to create , never mind the maintenance part. She hasnÔÇÖt fallen out of love with Cam, but the day to day activities, stress of work, etc. get in the way.

For all the dissension, Cam really had my sympathy. He loves her with everything he is , so heÔÇÖs confused and scared. When their communication breaks down , stressed by the distance, his loneliness is palpable. ┬áAt this point, heÔÇÖs my hero and I feel like we just need to bide some time.

A few chapters past this and my contention centers on Violet. ItÔÇÖs not that she is bad – sheÔÇÖs a good and lovable person. Her friendship with Cam is unexpected and gives them both something to ease the loneliness, something to look forward to.. But the relationship contributes to his confusion and it borders VERY close to making her a not likable person. But Detwiler writes this perfectly. It mirrors exactly what youÔÇÖd expect to go down. She knows Cam, she feels for Cam, and Jenna is this faceless women whoÔÇÖs put her relationship in jeopardy. ┬áI want to not like Violet for contributing to CamÔÇÖs confusion, but I canÔÇÖt fault either of them. ItÔÇÖs life and emotions run hot and high at times. But, CamÔÇÖs not up grabs. IÔÇÖm a ÔÇ£put yourself in another persons shoesÔÇØ person and Violet had little room to judge someone and the situation as she does.

One thing I love is that the author keeps the plot line to a relatively short time frame, not allowing things to drag out too much. But it doesn’t take a long time for new relationships to form and we know it it doesn’t take a long time for one to fall apart. What I appreciate about this is that Jenna and Cam arenÔÇÖt necessarily experiencing a long rough patch. Relationships wax and wane. It’s evident Cam doesnÔÇÖt feel it like Jenna does but that doesn’t make it not so.┬á

Now Violet is seriously suffering from her own feeling of ÔÇ£being leftÔÇØ. Through flashbacks we learn about the dissolution of her marriage to Liam. He remains a mystery for much of the book and I canÔÇÖt help but wonder what he was thinking and how and why did he Violet let go. What was he thinking? This one aspect was a bit thin for me…

But┬áDetwiler ends this story perfectly! She brings everything full circle and puts the world right (for me). ┬áI cannot recommend this enough. It’s just so expertly constructed and wonderfully written. ItÔÇÖs not often that I find that I used the review writing time, even sitting on it for a few days as a way to exorcise the high emotions this story gave me ~ itÔÇÖs utterly delectable (even if the story made me feel squirmy and left me sleepless). Lindsay Detwiler has earned a new fan! 5 Stars & recommendation

~Review by Cyndi

About Lindsay Detwiler

An English teacher, an author, and a fan of anything pink and/or glittery, Lindsay's the English teacher cliché; she love cats, reading, Shakespeare, and Poe.

She currently lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad (her junior high sweetheart); their cats, Arya, Amelia, Alice, and Bob; and their Mastiff, Henry.

Lindsay's goal with her writing is to show the power of love and the beauty of life while also instilling a true sense of realism in her work. Some reviewers have noted that her books are not the “typical romance.” With her novels coming from a place of honesty, Lindsay examines the difficult questions, looks at the tough emotions, and paints the pictures that are sometimes difficult to look at. She wants her fiction to resonate with readers as realistic, poetic, and powerful. Lindsay wants women readers to be able to say, “I see myself in that novel.” She wants to speak to the modern woman’s experience while also bringing a twist of something new and exciting. Her aim is for readers to say, “That could happen,” or “I feel like the characters are real.” That’s how she knows she's done her job.

Lindsay's hope is that by becoming a published author, she can inspire some of her students and other aspiring writers to pursue their own passions. She wants them to see that any dream can be attained and publishing a novel isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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