Goodreads Synopsis:

Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you know them.

Nina Garrity learned that the hard way after discovering that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But Glen’s gone–presumably drowned while fishing on his boat–so she can’t confront him about the affair or any of his other misdeeds. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together.

Simon, a widower still grieving the suicide of his first wife, has found his dream girl in Nina. His charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, but Maggie sees a far darker side to this new man in their lives. Even Nina’s good friends wonder if Simon is supremely devoted–or dangerously possessive.

But Nina is committed, not only to her soon-to-be new husband but also to resuming her former career as a social worker. Before she can move forward, however, Nina must first clear her conscience that she’s not making another terrible choice in a man. In doing so, she will uncover the shocking truth: the greatest danger to her, and her children, are the lies people tell themselves.

My Mini Thoughts:

This book started off strong for me.  It did everything to capture my attention and make me want more.  The first few pages are about a fisherman discovering a boat with only a dog aboard.  When he takes a closer look he see’s there is a lot of blood on deck.  Oh there’s a mystery to solve!

Right off the bat, you know there is something fishy about Simon.  He seems to know everything about Nina! Why was that not a red flag for her that he knew her favorite meal without asking.  It annoyed me how much Nina doubted herself in this story.  Oh maybe I forgot I did that or maybe I said that and don’t remember?!! Come on!  She’s no damsel in distress even though that’s what Simon wanted.  He wants to take care of everything for her, and once they moved in together red flags started popping up everywhere!

I got you a gym so you don’t need to go with your friends, I’m “sick” so you can’t go out with your friends.  Thankfully Nina starts to pick up on these cues, so there’s hope for her yet!

Thankfully there are a few plot twists, but not the one I really wanted to happen.  Overall I think this book could have been shortened.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for the ARC! This book comes out April 14, 2020.

Book Rating: 3/5

For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2016.