It’s been a while since I’ve read a romance with as much angst as The Commitment by Virginia Hale. It’s almost dripping from the pages like tears…and I loved every one of those pages.
This is a novel about two friends slowly falling in love and trying to create a lasting relationship. Lacey Reed and Jen Fraser have known each other as friends for years, but now they want to try and make a life together even though (in Jen’s eyes anyway) they are best friends. What both women slowly come to realize is that it takes a lot more than friendship (or even love) to form a bond that will last. Add in Lacey’s seven year old daughter, and the task becomes even harder.
The characters in this tale are very realistic. In fact this is probably one of the most realistic love stories I’ve read. While both mains are beautiful (especially in each other’s eyes), they have their very human flaws and idiosyncrasies. Jen has chronic medical problems that sometimes affect her sense of self-worth. Both Jen and Lacey have trust issues because of their individual pasts. Add in an age gap and financial disparity, and this potential relationship has some major hurdles to overcome. This novel really is about a couple learning that while love and friendship are very important, they are not enough.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jen and Lacey’s journey to form a lasting bond. I recommend this novel to all who love angsty love stories.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bella Books for an honest review.