Summary: Tall and thin, twenty-eight-year-old Bronwyn Palmer has become positively gaunt, a ghost of her former self. That self was—and still is—the wife of a rich, handsome executive with an ocean-view house and his own security staff.
It was in that house, two years ago, that Bryce Palmer learned Bronwyn was pregnant with their first child. But Bryce’s rage over his impending fatherhood touched off a chain reaction of emotional and physical traumas that wounded them both. For Bronwyn, it meant fleeing the perfect marriage to start over with nothing but a precocious daughter named Kayla to care for. For Bryce, it meant a tortuous two years spent blaming his wife for deserting him, and living with the pain of not knowing his child. Now a chance encounter has brought Bronwyn back into Bryce’s life, both bearing scars…and neither knowing the whole truth of that fateful night that drove them apart.
Review: There were times while I’m reading it that I want to hit something with the back of my e-reader because of how frustrated I was (and bordering mad) at the male lead. He was so narrow minded and callous to his estranged wife. I understand the wife and why she ran away from him (he freaking told her to). Did she have fault in it too? Yes, because she also jumped into conclusion. But did she have a reason to run from him? Yes and I understand her completely. At the end of the day, the reason why it happened was for me they don’t know the person that well. I’m not sure if his reason was valid why he acted that way to her pregnancy before but it actually shrunk my nearly exploding anger towards him (just slightly though).
I read Natasha Anders’s The Unwanted Wife and I was so, so emotionally invested in the story. I felt sorry for the woman; she just fell in love and yet treated so coldly by her own husband; the husband thinking she had something to do with her father’s plan. The same drama is still the theme of the author’s new book, A Husband’s Regret, minus the manipulation this time. Oh boy, I really wanted him to regret what he did. Whatever emotional turmoil he had, I wanted him to feel that. I really feel sorry for Bronwyn. She endured so much and then blamed on something she really has nothing to do with. She even received scorn from her husband’s brother. In some ways, I don’t want them to end up together.
But yet I still do, because it so obvious that they love each other. The woman was badly burnt and the guy was so prideful; but when he found out the truth, he felt remorse and in return want her to be free, but the idea of her with someone else was eating him alive. Even though at some point I felt that it dragged the issue and the root of the hate he had for her was baseless and unbelievable, I still liked what I read. Like they experienced so much that I think it’s time for them to have a second chance on this.
So second chance they have. I agree with one of them telling that so much had been said but nothing really had been said. They always interrupted the other and because of their issues, it clouded their judgment. So when they finally sat down, poured everything , it paved way to their reconciliation. Natasha Anders writing always put me in a difficult position. It’s like playing tug of war, with what you want the characters to do because of the emotional involvement I have with them against what it was rationally thing to do. So reading the resolution—the happy ones always leave me a big sigh of relief.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “Bronwyn, I can’t promise not to make mistakes, and I probably will inadvertently wind up doing stupid things that may hurt you in the future. I’m not perfect. I’m just a man and as flawed—more so—than any other man. But I can promise to love you with the entirety of my heart, protect you with all the strength of my body, cherish you with my mind and soul for the rest of my life and probably beyond that.” — Bryce (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)