Review: Trying by Heather MacKinnon
I'm a Heather MacKinnon virgin. Gasp. I know. But I think that fact going into Trying made reading it even more exhilarating. I didn't know if there were going to be darker elements like a shot of expresso, or if it was going to be super light and fluffy like Whipped Cream. I'd like to think this book was very much a Mud Slide. You know, that sexy alcoholic drink - goes down fast and is absolutely delicious.
Story Line: Mackenzie has been with her husband for close to a decade. But everything isn't happy go lucky. In fact, it's the exact opposite. Her husband, Bryson, works all the time. Like, ALL THE TIME. And not "working" but actually working. Time, distance and infertility has built a brick wall between these two. It's heartbreaking. And then there's that coworker. The guy who gives her all the attention and sweetness that she so desperately wants at home. Now before you start going there, if cheating is hard limit for you, you can keep reading this review. That's the only hint I will give you.
Interaction: God. My heart goes out to this couple. Mac so desperately wants to feel her husband's love and admiration. But for the first half of this book, it's the cold shoulder from Bryson. So of course, she starts to feel things for that other guy. And those little feelings are absolutely returned. So Mac has to make a decision. Does she try to make her marriage work? Or does she take the easy way out an straight into her coworkers arms? I will say this. This book does have a HEA. But it's a rough ride for Mac and Bryson to get there. It takes extreme events to finally turn things around. Events that caused me to cry and truly weep for their love.
Laundry: I don't think I've ever read a book where I was afraid to read a laundry scene. But I was so dang fearful I was going to read a scene where she cheated and that thought alone broke my heart. Bryson and Mac prove through flashbacks, memories and her office Christmas party that they have chemistry that is smoking hot. The laundry in Trying is so hot but it's not every single page. I will NEVER complain about small amounts of laundry. But I also understand some readers really want the good stuff and often. In this book the laundry is slightly less, the quality is second to none. So rest assured.
Depth: There's something about the stress of bringing a child into the world that can truly bring out the worst in people. Mac and Bryson are no exception. And neither were my husband and I. Thanksgiving 2016 we were flying high. We were pregnant with our second child and planned to keep things hush hush until the second trimester. The following Tuesday our world came crashing down. We were losing the baby. For 11 torturous days, I bled. And for another month after that, we spun down a steep slope to depression. Our marriage fell apart so fast. It took us nearly 40 days to realize what was happening and then, there was the repair, Even today we are still working to repair the damage those 40 days caused. What helped beyond measure? Our baby boy was born at the end of August 2017. So, as you will see after you finish the book, Mac and I have quite a bit in common.
This book was a very emotional ride for me. It's been quite a while since I've stayed up late reading because I couldn't make my eyes stop reading. I loved this book so much and I know you will too!