The Will by Kristen Ashley — Jenn’s Review

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Because it’s Kristen Ashley


5 stars


Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.

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Kristen Ashley could write the phone book and I would read it. Lucky for us, she takes us to a place far beyond address and phone numbers. Every one of her books (and I have read every single one) takes us to a magical place where we are living the story along with her characters. The Will is no exception.

The Will takes us to Magdalene, Maine, a town of hope and refuge for Josephine “Josie” Malone. Josie is saying her final goodbye to her grandmother, Lydie Malone, who simply put, is her everything. Her Gran was there for her during Josie’s horrific upbringing and provided her with peace during a terrible time. While Josie now feels alone, her Grandmother has other plans. At the reading of Lydie’s will, Josie is surprised to find she is not the only one there. Another man, Jake Spear, has been asked to attend, and the reason is shocking. Lydie has given Josie to Jake in her will.

For those familiar with KA’s books, this story builds slower, and has less action (i.e. Rock Chick) than her other works. This in no way takes away from the story, but I enjoyed that it had a different feel to it.  To be honest, I despised Josie in the beginning. It took me some time to warm up to her, but once I did, she was as endearing and fierce as all of KA’s other heroines. Jake was your typical KA hero; bossy, foul talking, alpha male. KA has cornered the market on the alpha male. There just is not anyone out there who writes a male character the way she does.  Boss me around, please!!

The Will was more than just a male/female love story. It was about love at all stages and between all types of people. It is about acceptance and forgiveness. It was a beautiful story filled with highs and lows, swoon worthy moments and giggles, my favorite….

(Ethan: “So, instead of Josie bein’ around out place more, we should come here more. She doesn’t have as big a TV but her couch is all squishy” Jake: “You’d give up our TV for a squishy couch?” Ethan: “It’s like it hugs you.”).

The epilogue had me in tears, which is hard to do, and had me thinking about these characters  long after I finished. Trying to decide which KA book is my favorite is like asking me which one of my kids I love more, but there is no doubt that The Will has jumped to the top of the list.

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