Three weeks before their wedding day, Nicola and Greg discover that they may have the same mother.
They met when Greg joined the San Francisco newspaper where Nicola is the travel editor. After six months, eager to start a life together and raise a family, they decide to marry.
When Nicola finally meets his family in Seattle and mentions the circumstances of her adoption, Greg’s horrified mother is forced to reveal the shameful secret she has kept for 36 years.
As they struggle to deal with her revelation, their relationship is challenged and strained. If his mother’s suspicions are true, they will be forced into a devastating choice: break all of society’s rules and fight for their love, or break their hearts and give each other up. It will be the greatest test their newfound love has faced – and their love may not survive.
Nicola and Greg have both had their hearts broken. Nicola breaks her "no dating anyone at the office" rule when Greg joins the newspaper as an accountant. Very quickly they fall in love and make plans to get married. Those plans all come crashing down when Nicola meets Greg's mother, Mona, for the first time a couple weeks before the wedding. Mona reveals that when she was a teenager, she was messed up on drugs, ran away with a band, got pregnant by one of the band members (she doesn't know which one) and gave the baby away to a stranger in a park ... and Nicola might be that baby (she was adopted).
Very quickly Mona and Nicola do DNA tests and mail them away. As they wait for the results, things understandably get tense between Nicola and Greg and their families.
Nicola and Greg try to carry on as if things were normal ... Greg believes the results will be negative so it's a non-issue. Nicola, though, is thinking about the various options:
- If the results are negative, they carry on and get married as planned.
- If the results are positive, they break up and never see each other again, which would break their hearts.
- If the results are positive, they stay together (but don't get married) and don't have kids. This is incest, thus illegal, and both could be sent to prison for a couple years. This also goes against Greg's religious beliefs as it would be a sin.
Interesting premise, right?
I liked this story and was curious to see how the author would end it (I'm not going to spoil it so you'll have to read it for yourself!). I liked the writing style and kept wanting to read more so I could see if Nicola and Greg were indeed half-siblings and how they'd deal with it.
For the most part, I liked Nicola and Greg. I got turned off from Greg at times and thought he was an A-hole, though, when he went into his "holier than thou" rants and stormed off. I would have liked to learned more about Mona and why she had run away as a teenager and did the things she did. Plus once her big reveal happened and they did the DNA tests, she pretty much disappeared. Nicola and Greg went Fifty Shades a couple times which I thought wasn't necessary because it took away from the main story ... it didn't fit in the story for me.
I'd recommend this story if you are looking for a different kind of love story. As a head's up, the language and activity are for a mature reader.