Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.
Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.
Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before.
And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.
Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.
To say that I was highly anticipating this book would be an understatement. This author’s On the Island is one of my all-time favorites (re-read it multiple times) so I wanted to read this book as soon as I got my greedy hands on it. Did she disappoint? No. In the most realistic and relatable fashion, the author has delivered a heartwarming yet equally heartbreaking story about the magic of second chances, the strength of friendships, and the unity of family bonds. While I had some issues about a few things, I can definitely say that this is a book that will resonate with every reader on some level and helps put life into perspective. In one word, this book is real.****************************Single mother and nurse Daisy DiStefano juggles a full-time job and taking care of her three-year old son Elliott when she receives the news that her beloved grandmother Pauline was killed. Not knowing the reason why she was targeted and murdered, her death really becomes an eye-opener for Daisy as she navigates through the painful aftermath – from arranging the funeral to taking steps to protect Elliott to moving forward with their lives, never really getting closure.Around the same time, bright investigative reporter Brooks McClain returns to Daisy’s town to spend time with his terminally ill mother. His first case as a reporter in the town is to investigate Pauline’s death and starts to dig around, pitting him face to face with Daisy. At first, there is a firm witness-reporter boundary between them but as the investigation continues and the two of them really take the time to know each other, their relationship dynamic changes. For him, Daisy’s not a job anymore and for her, Brooks isn’t just a persistent reporter.
I think one aspect to consider before picking up this book is that it’s not just a romantic suspense story. While that book genre was the original premise, the story itself evolved into something different – instead of being suspenseful, the book was more romantic. More family and relationship-based. More women’s fiction. I didn’t like how bland the suspense was – it was pretty obvious who and why Pauline was killed. However, I did like how the author focused a lot of attention on family and friendships. That is perhaps the strongest part of this book and what really made the story resonate with me. The writing is also fantastic – this author has a way of making even the smallest things have an impact and so I felt like my heart was being squeezed while reading.As much as I liked this book, it just didn’t hit all my 5 star buttons. It’s really hard for me to read this book and not make comparisons to On the Island. I don’t think any other book of hers could ever surpass that one and while I cared about the two main characters in this book, I just wasn’t emotionally invested in them or their relationship like I was when I read about TJ & Anna. I think longtime fans will be pleased with this book and anyone in the mood for a slow-building romance that also has a side focus about family and friendships would enjoy this story.