Posted by: Jennifer | September 12, 2007

No Longer Mine – Shiloh Walker

No Longer Mine - Shiloh WalkerWalker, Shiloh. No Longer Mine. (Surprise, AZ: Triskelion, 2005) 1933471530.

Main Characters: Nikki Kline, Wade Lightfoot

Description from the book:

What was Nikki supposed to do? The man she loved years ago shows up in the place she made her home, hundreds of miles from where they met, reminding her of the love they had shared and lost. Nikki doesn’t think she can cope with having to look into Wade’s eyes and see the love there. All she wants to do is be left alone to protect what is left of her heart. But Wade doesn’t seem to want to take no for an answer.

My thoughts:

Wow! This book was full of heartbreaking moments. Nikki and her first love, Wade had a bit of a rocky relationship – one that another woman was able to break apart by taking advantage of Wade and ending up pregnant. Wade, of course, marries the other woman. Meanwhile, Nikki ends up pregnant herself – and must learn to deal with the situation on her own. During the intervening years, Nikki experiences several tragedies including health issues and the death of her child. Wade’s wife passes away leaving him to raise their young daughter. Eventually, Wade moves to the town where Nikki now lives – and finds a very different and life-hardened woman. Getting back together is not an easy task. Very little seems to go smoothly for these two.

I did get caught up in this storyline. Nikki and Wade became very real characters, and their pain, regrets and recriminations lept from the pages. At the beginning of the book, I so wanted everything to work out for them. However, as the book progressed, I started to get tired of the back and forth maneuvering between Nikki and Wade. Nikki was extremely hard on Wade, but she was even harder on herself. When Wade initially left her to marry Jamie Sayer, Nikki stopped taking care of herself completely. When the relationship sours again during the course of the story, Nikki again seems to lack the will to take care of herself. As one who hasn’t ever allowed another person to cause such distress, I found myself getting very impatient with Nikki. In fact, a couple of times, I wanted to reach into the book and wake her up out of her stupor. I wanted her to be a stronger character. I admit that I skimmed over several parts of the book because I did not want to read about her emotional turmoil. Of course, Wade had his own issues. I wasn’t thrilled with his plan for revenge on Nikki for not telling him about their son. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book, but am not sure that I could handle the emotional upheaval a second time.

Read first in August 2007

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