The New York Times bestselling Alabama Summer series continues in this sixth installment.
Luke and Tessa Evans are solid.
They’re crazy in love and in this forever, and now, they’re anxiously awaiting the next step.
But when month after month ticks by with nothing but disappointing news, and the stress gets too much to take, their relationship will be tested in ways it’s never been tested before.
When all they want is something they might never have, will their love for each other be enough?
I wanted to write this review, and put this post up yesterday but I honestly needed a bit to process all the feelings that I had surrounding this book, and emotions that were coursing through my body. This book hit me right in the gut, and was so spot on with the feelings that can come with the struggle of having a baby, that I wept through a majority of the pages. Many people don’t know because it’s just not something that I speak of often, but my husband and I struggled for three years to have our son. We went through testing, and shots, and countless blood draws and ultrasounds. I struggled with feelings of inadequacy, and failure. The pressure to have a baby was immense. It was something that I had dreamed about for years, and I would cry for days every time that one of my friends would announce her pregnancy, or another girl would let us know she was expecting at work. It was miserable, and depressing, and put a tremendous amount of strain on my marriage. But we persevered through three miscarriages, and countless months of anticipation to finally welcome our son in January of 2011. Our struggle to have our daughter was of a lesser time frame, but also came with two more miscarriages and heartbreak. Surprisingly enough, when we were settled in our life, and were comfortable with our two little ones, God decided to throw a ringer at us, and our youngest was born in 2015 without a single struggle. Our family wouldn’t be complete without him.
Tessa and Luke have always been a favorite of mine, and I knew that I couldn’t wait to read All We Want, even if it would be an emotional struggle to do so. Dredging up old feelings can be painful, but also cathartic and that’s how I feel about this book. It was a painful book to read. If you’ve read Jessica’s story behind writing it, you know it was a painful book for her to write. But at the same time, it was fulfilling, and hopeful, and left me with a heart bursting with love for these two characters. I’ve been with this group of friends from the very beginning, and I truly believe that this is, and will always be, my favorite book of the group. I connected with these characters in a way that I haven’t done in the past. I saw myself in Tessa. In her disappointment, and her feelings of despair. The conversations that Luke and Tessa had, while hard and tough to read, were real. I’ve said those same words to my own husband. I felt broken, and like less of a woman because I couldn’t have a baby. I thought that my husband would be better of with someone else that could give him the family he always wanted. I was wrong in every regard, but in that moment it doesn’t stop you from thinking them.
All We Want is such an important book into today’s romance community. Pregnancy is something that seems to happen easily for our favorite characters. Often times it’s a surprise, or something that wasn’t wanted but in the end is the greatest blessing. I’ve read very few books that brought the true struggle of having a baby to the forefront. That were both beautiful and ugly at the same time. That showed the dark parts of marriage and the stress that trying to bring a life into the world can bring. This book, however, had it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly parts of life. All We Want is an absolute masterpiece, and is J. Daniels at her ultimate best.
J.Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.
She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.
J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.
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