In the First Look on Somebody Like You the first book in the Darling, VT series by Donna Alward, Tanyalk mentions how wonderful it is to read about an ordinary couple. People like you and me. In the second book, Someone to Love, this trend continues because that what Alward does—write about relatable people and their problems. but the focus is more on the difficulties of falling in love.
As youths, we tend to think that falling in love just happens when you meet the right one. And sometimes it does work that way. That is how it happened with Ethan. He met the right girl—Lisa. They both had the same goals. They got married and then had two rumbustious, adorable boys. Their life was perfect. Until Lisa got ill and died. Now Ethan life is divided into two phases—with Lisa:
“Lisa was perfect for him. She was sweet but no pushover, and she ran a tight ship. Always organized, always taking the boys on little outings, making sure they did things as a family. For a long time, it seemed as though she had limitless energy. Maybe that’s when we first realized something was wrong. She lost that crazy spark.”
And life without. He has too much baggage to fall in love again. Not only is he mourning the loss of his wife, but also the demise of his dreams for the future. How he and Lisa would raise their boys, Connor and Ronan and then grow old together. Not only is he not living the life he planned but neither are Connor and Ronan. Sure, his mother and sisters has stepped in, providing a women’s touch, but he can tell at odd times that they miss being held in a mother’s arms. Do they feel the loss as keenly as he does? What do they remember?