Despite being far outside of Crawford's probably demographic for her books, I have found myself captivated and enchanted by her sweet, stories that focus on characters that are flawed and/or challenged in some way physically or mentally. She reminds us that we all have our pasts and we all have our crosses to carry, but that doesn't mean we can not find true love and true happiness. As I've said in the past, I seem to have somehow wound up as one of Crawford's beta reader team and that's absolutely fine from my perspective. Her books are easy to read and very enjoyable interludes in a literary world of violence, terror, and horror. Crawford's books are romances with "real" characters and that's what I most enjoy about her writing.
Fans of Crawford's work will be well aware that most of her stories revolve around a loose group of friends and families, who have in common the tattoo business Inked'N. Rectify is no exception, with the main character being Tayanita, former wife of Mark and mother of the autistic and incredibly talented (now a teenager) Ketki.
In a serious bout of Post Partum Depression, Tayanita chose to walk away from her marriage to Mark and baby Ketki, rather than face the possibility that she may harm either herself or Ketki. She has been extremely successful at rebuilding her professional life, as a Scrub Nurse Supervisor, but no so much her personal life. She hates herself for what she did to Mark and Ketki, all those years ago and envisages a life spent on her own.
Enter john, a former Coast Guard Rescue Chopper Pilot whose sight was taken from him in an unfortunate workplace accident. Can John help her rediscover the love Tayanita has been denying herself all these years?
This is a fantastic story, well-written, as always by Crawford and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves romance and especially romance with a hard edge and a message.
Five stars from this reviewer for yet another Hidden Heart triumph from Crawford. Keep 'em coming, Mary. They never fail to lift my day.