Clarissa Harding’s upcoming marriage is a business arrangement. When he dies and his secret comes out, she’s hurt. When she finds out her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her, she’s devastated. Feeling betrayed, she walks away from God, her family, Sawyer, and their newly-discovered love.
Sawyer Chasin hated keeping secrets from Clarissa, and now he may have lost the only person his heart wants. Recovering from the same car accident that killed his brother can wait. He needs to find her and make her understand the choice he had to make.
Love covers a multitude of sins, but betrayal stretches its boundaries.
I enjoyed reading Can’t Live Without You. The story has a plot twist that puts a different spin on the usual marriage of convenience romance trope where two families arrange a marriage for business reasons and financial gain.
Clarissa is saved from a fake marriage to the older brother of her best friend, Sawyer, for all the wrong reasons. She may have been spared the misery of marrying a man she doesn’t love and, at times, has struggled to like, but the new set of circumstances lead to big secrets being revealed.
Clarissa is devastated to discover that the people she’d trusted had deceived her. During the story she makes a few radical life changes as she struggles to overcome a truckload of past hurts.
Sawyer never wanted to see Clarissa marry his brother. Family loyalty drove his decision making, and those decisions create a wedge between himself and Clarissa. A wedge that seems impossible to overcome.
The story has a strong forgiveness theme, and both Clarissa and Sawyer are forced to deal with their own character flaws and past mistakes. Clarissa’s mentor in the story has a strong faith, and she encourages Clarissa to seek healing and let go of past hurts.
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