5 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided an ARC of Here to Stay by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
After a twelve-year estrangement, Erik Fiskare and Daisy Bianco are reunited and working on their relationship. But what looks like a happily ever after isn’t always so happy and perfect. The reason for their estrangement still needs to be dealt with, and both Erik and Daisy have unresolved heartache that rears its head when least expected. Erik also has to repair his relationship with his best friend who he hasn’t spoken to in years.
At the same time, Erik begins a journey of self-discovery when family he didn’t know existed suddenly presents itself to him. After being abandoned by his father as a child, Erik doesn’t know if he has it in his heart to forgive the man he so resembles, but learning more about him through family members sets him on a path of understanding. As Erik learns who he really is, he’ll also discover what will truly make him happy in his relationship with Daisy. But they’ll face some struggles before they can grasp that brass ring.
Here to Stay is book three in The Fish Tales series, and I loved every word of it as much as I loved the first two books. Although you will understand the gist of the story without reading The Man I Love or Give Me Your Answer True, it is best to have read one of these companion novels first. You won’t be sorry if you do. Here to Stay picks up right where the first two novels leave off, with Erik and Daisy reconciling after twelve years of being apart.
And they lived happily ever after, right? Well, life doesn’t always work that way, and Ms. Laqueur has a way of weaving a realistic tale that grips your heart and squeezes it tight before releasing it and allowing you to breathe again. The story of Erik’s journey provides a lifelike look at friendships being repaired and how love can hurt because real people have real problems.
All of the characters from the first two books make a reappearance in this story, and characterizations are true to form. Everything I loved about Erik and Daisy, and Will and Lucky, is brought out in vivid detail. The friendship between Erik and Will, although needing some mending, is one of the truest friendships I’ve ever read. What’s love if you can’t share the joy with someone who gets you, and the heartache too? Both men recognize the uniqueness of their relationship and embrace it, allowing the other to take on some of their burden when the load becomes too heavy to carry. Although Will and Lucky are technically secondary characters, they are well-developed and in the forefront of the story, adding depth to each interaction.
The entire book is packed with emotion. Even while cheering on Erik and Daisy’s relationship, their arguments are a necessary evil. Twelve years of estrangement doesn’t just vanish from your heart, and old, buried issues surface when least expected. But the way the characters handle these issues is what counts, and Erik and Daisy are now older and wiser, having lived through countless struggles and made it out the other side. They’re more mature and better equipped to handle whatever pops up, and watching them from a reader’s perspective is gripping.
I tend to get bored with series and reading about the same characters, but there is not a boring moment to be found in any of the three books of The Fish Tales. There are not enough stars to show my appreciation for the words Ms. Laqueur writes. I love these characters, and I have a feeling I’d love anything else written by this author.
Here to Stay will be available on January 14, 2016. My reviews of The Man I Love and Give Me Your Answer True can be found by selecting Suanne Laqueur from the Author Spotlight tab. Each book is on sale for $0.99 through December 20, 2015.