A stay-at-home mom, Annalyse raised her three children on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Although she and her family later moved to the Sacramento area, the beach, the quiet community, and the beauty of the California coast continue to inspire her writing.
She spent several years writing with an online community, and she loved the direct interaction with her readers. Her online participation eventually led to her volunteer at The Writers’ Collective, an online writing workshop group founded to create a supportive community for writers. With her children almost grown, Annalyse decided to take her hobby to the next level and become a published author. Ready to Love Again is her first novel with The Writer’s Coffee Shop.
Thank you to TWCS for providing us with a copy so that we could bring you this review.
I have to say that this was such a sweet, heart wrenching at moments story. Though it deals with some very tough topics it was really a great way to show that even when things are rough we can still find love again. Even after Chase loses his wife and his life get turns inside out, he gives himself a chance to let go and find out what life can offer him. Its a rocky and bumpy road to get to that point in his life, but Katie’s presence shows him that he doesn’t need to feel bad or guilty for wanting something more in life. Yes things aren’t easy because of not only his guilt but his daughters reaction to someone new coming into her fathers life, he learns that it can be accomplished. I loved that Katie is such a strong character and has the mind of a great mom always putting children before her own desires. She sees the need to let Chase and his family work things out and helps to push them in that direction.
I will say that I suggest having tissues handy because the emotions in this story are impossible to not feel them deep in your bones.
Happy Reading… Adri
Thank you to TWCS, and Annalyse Knight for the opportunity to read and review this great story! I have been waiting for this story to be published for a while. While there will be people that will complain that this story is what is known as “pull to publish”, I will not tolerate or accept any negativity in regards to this story. That being said, I have a strong bias for this story, so I made sure that I asked Adri to read this as well.
I love that Chase and Katie had to overcome their individual pasts in order to make their relationship work. While Katie’s past was much different than Chase’s, she understood and knew that Chase needed to get his family through their past. Grief is a horrible and individual thing that people need to process. I believe that Katie and Shawn were meant to come into Chase, Liz and Anthony’s lives, if only to help them realize that they were not grieving healing from Terri’s death. Granted, love can find you when you least expect it.
There are so many things that I love about this story, but I would give everything away. So make sure you have tissues and enjoy this book!