About the Author
Rebecca Lynn Talley grew up in the gorgeous seaside city of Santa Barbara, CA. She met, and married, her husband, Del, while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She currently lives in rural Colorado on a small ranch with a dog, too many cats to count, and a herd of goats. She and Del are the proud parents of ten wildly-creative, multi-talented children.
Rebecca is the author of a children’s picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), a children’s chapter book, Gabby’s Secret (DuBon Publishing 2011), four novels, Heaven Scent (CFI 2008), Altared Plans (CFI 2009), The Upside of Down (CFI 2011), and Aura (DuBon Publishing 2012). She has also authored numerous children’s stories and articles for both print and online magazines.
When she isn’t writing, Rebecca loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, and dance to disco music while she cleans the house. She has folded at least one million loads of laundry, baked hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies, and eaten 5,478 gallons of ice cream.
Imperfect Love by Rebecca Talley
Publisher: DuBon Publishing
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
“Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She’s passionate about her career as a middle school English Teacher, she adores her handsome, hard-working husband, and with a baby finally on the way, her perfect life is within her grasp.
But then a devastating test result changes everything.
Forced to choose between her baby and her husband, Lauren makes the only decision she can live with, and she return to her small hometown in hopes of rebuilding her shattered life.
Ethan Campbell is a gifted photographer who travels the world and has no desire to settle down. When his mother dies, he must go home to settle her estate. Then it’s back to exciting adventures across the globe.
When Laura crosses paths with Ethan, her teenage crush, old feelings resurface — feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will Lauren have the courage to trust again or will she spend her life alone?
Imperfect Love is a story about sacrifice, healing, second chances, and discovering that although love isn’t always perfect, sometimes it’s the imperfect love that’s the sweetest of all.”
Imperfect Love has all the typical markers of a romance story, the main one of which is the woman trying to decide between two men. Now the story doesn’t start out that way, no the story starts out with what you would figure would be the start of a happily-ever-after. Lauren is married to Paul and has just found out that she’s pregnant, after trying for two years. As Lauren tries to break the happy news to Paul you quickly realize that this happily-ever-after ain’t so happy after all. We progress through a few doctor’s appointments with Paul avoiding each and every one of them, getting us to the point where Lauren receives some heartbreaking news. There’s something wrong with the baby, the baby WILL survive but it will be born with a defect. After talking with his parents, not Lauren, Paul decides they should abort the fetus and after Lauren realizes that she can’t do this he asks for a divorce…and termination of his parental rights.
With nothing else to do Lauren goes back to her family, her sister and mother, who love and support her no matter what is wrong with the baby. While she’s back home trying to decide what to do with her life she runs into Ethan, an old high school crush, and the feelings start flooding back. However, are these feelings rebound or is it really love? Lauren has to not only work out what her true feelings towards Ethan are but she has to decide if she wants to reveal to him the information that drove Paul away. Ultimately it doesn’t matter as Ethan isn’t really interested in settling down…or is he? Paul does come back into the picture after Joseph is born, and this is where my problem with the book arises. I can give Lauren the fact that after Paul abandons her and their child, not trusting men. However, to not tell Ethan the full truth and just assuming he would take the same stance as Paul is utterly ridiculous. On top of that when Paul comes back wanting to start-over, after Ethan has professed his love, to even consider going back to Paul who is unreliable at best and a wuss without a backbone at wort is aggravating.
Ultimately, Lauren does what she thinks is best for Joseph and THAT is the reason that I enjoyed this book. In the end the imperfect love isn’t the love that she has for Paul or Ethan, it’s the love that she has for her “imperfect son”
5 out of 5