Author: Sarah Ready
When East Coast elite and wealthy bachelor Gavin Williams wakes up in a rural West Virginia hospital, he doesn’t remember who he is or where he’s from.
He doesn’t remember his heiress fiancée, his luxury homes, his exotic travels, or his private plane.
And he especially doesn’t remember insulting local country-girl and fiery redhead Jamie Sutton, smashing her dreams, and leaving her in a pinch.
So when a redhead in overalls stands over his hospital bed and convincingly tells him he loves banjos, hound dogs, and rustling chickens, what’s he supposed to do?
Suddenly Gavin is scrambling to fit into a country life that doesn’t feel familiar and that can’t possibly be his. A wife? Kids? A chicken coop?
His life is full of holes and secrets, desires and dreams, and as Gavin learns more he begins to wonder—will he ever remember? And what happens when he does?
I am thrilled that the Soul Mates in Romeo series continues with the sixth novel, My Better Life. As each novel in the series is unique, I love all these different takes on romance and finding your soul mate. While the main character in this story, Gavin Williams, is the twin brother of Will from the third novel, Romance by the Book, this novel can be read as a standalone. Since some of the couples and characters from the previous novels do tend to make appearances and I am a fan of all the stories, I would recommend reading all of them in order; however, you can enjoy this with little to no prior knowledge of the other novels.
This story draws inspiration from Overboard (while there was a remake, the one I always think of is the one featuring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell). When engaged Gavin commissions a glass sculpture by an artist in Hollow Creek, West Virginia, he does not expect to wake up in the hospital with amnesia. Enter Jamie Sutton, an artist, who has been trying to take care of her and her two sons and a daughter since the death of her husband six years ago. After Jamie completed Gavin’s sculpture, he has ended his engagement and refuses to pay her. When Jamie discovers that Gavin is in the hospital with amnesia, it is her Grandma Allwright and best friend, Dierdre, that help cement the idea that Gavin should become her husband to work off the debt.
Jamie and Gavin are an interesting opposites attract couple. As Jamie is running this con on Gavin, his journey of trying to adapt to the life he apparently does not remember is captivating. The two form a pseudo-family where Jamie does not know when it will all end as Gavin is bound to regain his memories at some point. Gavin is constantly conflicted in his mind as he has no memory of country life or of his” family” yet tries to make the best of it. Jamie is nothing like he imagined for his dream woman, yet he slowly starts to discover an attraction and connection to her. As the two are on an unknown timeline, the stakes are high as their developing romance seems real, yet Jamie knows it is only a matter of time before it is over. Overall, I loved reading both of their POVs as it gave a lot of depth to the story. Ready continues to write intriguing stories that make me never want to put the novel down and I end up reading them in a single sitting. I continue to love all the novels in the series, and they work well for me and my style. I hope this not the end of the series as I would love to read more!
**I give a special thank you to Book Sprout and the author for the opportunity to read this entertaining novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**