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cover51663-mediumAfter fighting with her boyfriend, Ettie’s only goal is to drown her sorrows in some Jack Daniels. But when she walks into a country tavern, her attention is immediately redirected to the sexy, older man at the bar. He looks lonely, and sad, and absolutely mouth-watering. Ettie can’t wait to put a smile on his face.

For the first time in two years, Wyatt finds himself jolted out of his grief—and by a spunky, vivacious young woman who somehow sees right into his soul. What follows is a passionate weekend full of more life, laughter, and pure joy than he experienced in twenty years of marriage.

Wyatt thought one weekend was all he had to give, yet in the days that follow, he can’t help dreaming up a future with Ettie. And then a chance meeting shatters his hopes, leaving him more lost than ever. Now Ettie must decide whether to walk away, or to fight for the love she knows they both deserve.

Without You Here is the sexy, heartwarming story of overcoming grief, embracing love, and learning to live in the moment.

I’ll be honest, there were quite a few times when I wasn’t sure what I thought about this book.  There is a lot of emotional trauma for both Ettie and Wyatt, plus a pretty big age difference between the two.  And then Ashby throws them a pretty huge curveball and things get even more complicated.  The Jackson family is fantastic though and I think I want to be adopted by them.  They are supportive, kind and loving people.  Good strong farming stock, who care about the important things in life. 

Wyatt has been having an extremely tough go since his wife died and they have no idea what to do.  Thanks to some time spent with Ettie, Wyatt is starting to look more like his old self.  But, something that I truly appreciate, she isn’t going to save him.  He needs to do that himself but, along with his family, she helps give him that wakeup call that he has to have in order to get the help he needs. 

It’s an emotional rollercoaster for all of them and one that I’m not sure everyone will like.  But I will say when I put it down I was extremely glad I’d picked it up.