A heartbreakingly sweet read... The Woman He Married by Julie N. Ford (Review)

The Woman He Married (A Magic City Duo Book 1)The Woman He Married
(A Magic City Duo #1)
by Julie N. Ford
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 425 Pages
May 28th 2016 by The Ford Group Publishing


A story about marriage, family, and the silver lining that holds it all together. 

Once an aspiring young attorney, Josie looked forward to taking on the injustices of the world—one case at a time. Eleven years later, she’s a stay-at-home mom and battling demons that don’t require a law degree. Only keeping up pretenses proves more than she can bear when a bracelet that should have been hers shows up on the wrist of another woman. Her marriage slowly begins to unravel as an ex-lover comes back into her life. When he offers her the dreams she thought she’d lost, Josie must chose between the man she married and the one she let get away. 

John has always known exactly what he wanted. A career as a high-powered attorney, followed by the perfect family of six, and then elected public service. So it was no surprise that the first time he laid his eyes on Josie, he knew she was the one he’d share his dreams with. More than a decade, and one tragic miscalculation later, all he has worked for is slipping through his fingers. Powerless to stem the flow, the one thing he remains certain of: he can’t lose the woman he married.

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My Review

THE WOMAN HE MARRIED was one rough read through the emotional roller-coaster of these characters' lives. It was heartbreaking seeing their relationship fall apart and then as they try to figure out what will happen next and if it's worth it to work towards a happily-ever-after. Readers who like their romance with depth, complex characters, and some serious turbulence will enjoy this one!

This book tugged on my heart so much! There were parts I wanted to scream at the characters, other times I wanted to just cry from the heartbreak, and some that were filled with so much happiness. I really, really don't like people who cheat on others and this book delves into that without softening any of it. No skimping or sugar-coating here. It felt very authentic. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it all specifically, but the emotions were definite pulled out while reading. I mean, do you forgive? Do you try to fix things? And if you are married to this really good guy who loves you and has royally screwed up, but who is willing to change and fix things, is it worth fighting for that? As a reader, it was good to be inside both Josie's and John's heads as we get their point of views, especially as you knew if things were real for them or not.

In the end, was this what I wished for? This was a well-written story that delves into a heartbreaking situation and somehow still has a happily-ever-after. A tough story to read, but one that I sunk into and enjoyed.

Content: Closed-door love scene, heavy making out, and infidelity.

Source: Received a copy through ebooksforreview.com, which did not affect my review in any way.

Have you read this one? Do you like your romance with some heavier parts or all light or both?

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