Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review - Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

The truth could cost her everything.
Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is wonderful.
Or is it?
When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It’s temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.
If only Ava could believe her own excuses.
Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.
Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town, Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?

My Thoughts
This book will grab you and pull you in from the very first chapter!  Laura has this way with words - the details are extraordinary and the plot is gripping.
Does Ava have the family she has always desired?  From the outside her, Mitchell, Jack and Sam look to be your perfect family unit.  Or are they?
The past has a way of catching up you and turning your world upside down in a heart beat.
When Ava starts to question what is really going on Mitchell loses it.  Questions if Ava is having an affair or asking what she is really doing when he's not around?  Then one day he just takes off and files for divorce.  He takes temporary custody of the boys and sets out to make Ava look like the most unfit mother in the community who cheats on her husband.
Ava has no choice but to get an attorney and fight with everything she has. 
She starts to investigate Mitchell and what he is hiding.  Family?  Karen's death?  Who exactly is this man she married and how can she get her kids home safely where they belong?
Get your copy on this chilly March day and indulge.  You will not be able to put it down.

Drink Selection
Sit back and enjoy a glass or two of southern style sweet tea!  Delish!
Rating
Hands down - 5 wine glasses for this suspense novel that will have you saying " Do I really know the man I married? Or is that family next store really as perfect as they seem to be?"