REVIEW :: YESTERDAY’S TOMORROW’S by M.E. MONTGOMERY
Standalone – a chance at love and life – moving on from the past.
‘She’s finally earned her freedom, but his heart remains imprisoned.’
If growing up in her home wasn’t enough to shatter Madelyn Stone’s illusions of happily ever after, then serving several years behind bars certainly was. Her crime? Believing in family and growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. She’s learned the hard way that there is no such thing as a prince who’ll ride in and save the day, and she pledges never to trust anyone again. Never.
Between a career in the Marines and plans to marry his childhood sweetheart, Holten Andrews had his future all mapped out…until life took an unexpected, heart-ripping turn. Now he’s moved on with a new career in law, as well as vowing to confine women to one of three categories: family, professional, and f*ckable. No blurring the lines. Ever.
Love is the last thing on Maddy’s mind as she attempts to forge a new path out of the wreckage of her life. Holt’s sense of loyalty is rocked when he’s blindsided by feelings for a woman he would normally condemn. When revelations from Maddy’s past threaten her safety, Maddy has to put her faith in Holt, while Holt fights not to lose the one woman who’s blurred all of his lines. Every choice they make will figure into whether or not they can make yesterday’s dreams still come true tomorrow.
Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
‘Both of us had alluded to cracks in our lives that if explored too far might split wide open, leaving us raw and exposed. I had a feeling we’d end up either completely breaking each other or filling in the cracks.
The question was, could we do one without the other?’
This is our first book by M.E. Montgomery and we loved it and we’ll definitely be checking out other work by this author. We fell in love with her characters and her storytelling in this beautiful story about embracing life, self-discovery, seizing second chances and not letting your mistakes and guilt define you.
Yesterday’s Tomorrows opens with Madelyn (Maddy) murdering a man. The reasons behind her actions aren’t expanded upon immediately, leaving the reader to uncover Maddy’s story along with the hero of our story, Holten (Holt) Andrews. We then skip to Maddy being released from prison after completing her six year sentence, now 24, Maddy is ready to move on with her life and leave her mistakes, if that’s possible, behind her. This poor girl had certainly been dealt a crappy hand.
‘Funny how in my childhood I never realized just how many freedoms I enjoyed until every moment of my day became dictated to me.’
Holt Andrews, a former Marine, is now a partner at the Law Firm Maddy will be employed by, following her release from prison. Holt was made to revaluate his life and make some changes following an unexpected and heartbreaking turn of events. This guy is carrying around a bucket load of misplaced guilt he needs to work through and his story was indeed gut-wrenching.
“…forever only comes around once. I had it. I wish it had lived up to its name, but it didn’t. I have to live with that.”
Holt is entrusted with collecting Maddy from prison following her release and the two don’t exactly get off on the right foot. Maddy had a tendency to jump to conclusions, and Holt seemed to be continually putting his foot in his mouth, raising Maddy’s ire. There are some prickly interactions between the pair with Maddy assuming Holt is looking down at her due to her time in prison.
‘I guessed to him, meeting me was about the equivalent of being asked to take out the trash.’
Quite the contrary, Maddy intrigues Holt – he’s drawn to her tenacity and willingness to speak her mind. Maddy may seem meek on the outside but she’s had to learn to survive during her six years in prison and although not hardened, she can certainly hold her own.
“Stop thinking about what you aren’t and start focusing on what you are.”
“And what am I, Holt?”
“You’re the woman who blurred all the lines.”
Holt and Maddy complimented one another beautifully and Holts family were such a loving, warm and fun bunch. Their interactions, love and loyalty was the glue that held them together. We fell in love with our strong, dependable and protective hero, and Maddy our sweet yet strong heroine.
There were secrets and double crossing and we’d be inclined to describe Yesterday’s Tomorrows as a romantic suspense as there is mystery and danger surrounding the events that led to Maddy’s incarceration which we find out as the story progresses. Both Maddy and Holt had suffered in their own way and had a lot of walls to knock down in order to trust and open their hearts. Their story unfolded with heartfelt emotion, searing passion and a few surprises along the way!