Goodreads ~ The words “I’m her husband” roll off Clay Connors’s tongue, but with his estranged wife lying in a coma - and no assurance that she’ll awaken - he knows he’s perilously close to losing everything. A singular, terrifying accident has left Jess Connors suspended between life and death. Now Clay is reunited with the family he hasn’t seen for two years, including the daughters he left behind.
Clay should have been there for his family. He never should have stayed away so long. The alcohol that took over his life destroyed everything but a shred of his self-preservation. Sober and haunted, Clay revisits the memory of love, marriage, and how his life unraveled. He hopes that by trying to reconnect with the daughter who blames him and the daughter who barely knew him, he can find a light of hope in this darkest hour. As his family faces its most grueling, emotional test yet, Clay must summon the courage to make right what was wrong - and find forgiveness from his harshest judge: himself.
Jess has an accident one day as she is driving home and ends up in a coma. Clay is contacted and he rushes to the hospital claiming to be her husband. They have been married for almost 15 years but haven't been together in two years.
Clay is a musician and Jess was a stay-at-home mom. What started out as Clay having a couple beers a day turned into an alcoholic problem. He had been in rehab three times and after the last stint, he didn't think he could handle the stress of being a husband and dad so didn't go home. His 12-year-old daughter, Maddie, now hates him for leaving and his 7-year-old daughter, Jilly, doesn't remember him. It's time for Clay to step up and be the dad and husband he should have been as they wait for Jess to come out of her coma.
This is the third book I've read by this author and I liked it. It is written in third person perspective. It starts in present day and then shifts back and forth to how/when Jess and Clay met and their lives together until they broke up (the dates are at the top of the section so it's obvious when the story goes into the past).
I liked the characters. Jess and Clay were good for each but then his addiction started getting in the way. Jess eventually had to put the safety of her family before her marriage to Clay.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.