Lake + Manning by Jessica Hawkins – Jacque’s Review


Jessica Hawkins is a favorite author mine and when there is more Lake and Manning, I’m there!



Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .
A home he built us on the unshakeable foundation we fought for.
A life of laughter carved out of heartache and betrayal.
A love story to stand the test of time.

But between a trust that can’t be broken, joy that can’t be bridled, and passion that would scorch the sun, the empty spaces are becoming more and more difficult to ignore . . .
Fears that keep Manning up at night as he slips from our bed.
Our complicated relationship with a man he respects and one I don’t know how to forgive.
And a sprawling, beautiful home with one small room I’m afraid I’ll never be able to fill.

Manning and I have what happily-ever-after is made of . . .
But I’ll beg the heavens for just one thing more.

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This was just the perfect ending to an amazing story!!!  It’s another one of those series that I will never get enough of the main characters.

I felt that we had come full circle when we walked in Lake and Manning’s shoes through all of the pain, heartache, forgiveness and, of course, their intense love in the first 3 books of the Something in the Way series. I could have considered the series complete after the last book but I am so glad that Jessica didn’t see it that way and gave us Lake + Manning.

Lake and Manning are in a different place now and nothing can destroy their relationship. But they are faced with new challenges that they must confront. It’s during these challenges that we see the true depth of the love that they have for each other. It warmed my heart to see that they had such an intense and intimate connection that was built because of their past. To know all of the pain and suffering they both went through not being with each other, that once they were together, they were never letting go.

I loved how Jessica incorporated Corbin, Val, Lake’s Mom and Dad and even Tiffany in this book. I was happy to see what direction those relationships went. And for me, I felt the time span helped me see the growth of all the characters.

I found that this series, at times, was not easiest to read but that’s what made it so real to life. For me, it’s these types of books that I fall in love with and become my favorites. This series is definitely on that short list of favorites.

This is a 5 star book for me and I consider the entire series “Off the Charts” and a must read!!!

**Lake + Manning is book 4 of a series and MUST be read in order**

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