Title: March Wind by Mari Carr
Date of Publication: September 12, 2017
Even if I’d known I would lose Sunday McCormick Collins so early, I would have married that beautiful woman. What we shared is all I’ve ever wanted for my children and my grandchildren. Love isn’t about the happy ending. It’s about the happiness found each and every day you’re together. – Patrick “Pop” Collins
Padraig Collins loves his bartending job at Pat’s Pub, the Baltimore hangout owned by his equally beloved family. He’s young, carefree, filled with starry-eyed hopes and dreams for his future…which are irrevocably thrown off course when patron Mia Curtis comes into the bar, visibly upset. When she leaves in tears, Padraig follows. He hopes to give the young woman comfort and assurance. What he gets in return is a massive dose of reality.
Mia has a ticking time bomb in her head, an inoperable tumor, with a diagnosis of only six months to live. As Padraig lets her cry on his shoulder, listens to her heartbreakingly detail the things she’ll never get to experience, he’s forced to face some hard facts about the way he’s lived his own life up to this point. Meandering through each day as if youth means immortality, and he has all the time in the world.
An evening of soul-searching leads to a life-changing decision—Padraig will help Mia accomplish everything on her bucket list. He won’t let her die with a single regret. But that goal transforms into something far deeper when Padraig falls in love with the courageous woman. His once endless future shrinks to months instead of years, accompanied by a crushing sense of desperation.
Until they realize life isn’t measured in time. It’s measured in moments…
This story will hopefully widen your definition of a traditional happy-ever-after. Not all of us get the luxury of a lifetime…but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a lifetime’s worth of love in the time we’re given.
I love Mari Carr, yes I do. But seriously, she made me go through my entire supply of tissues with this book. And I had a LOT of them! If you are looking for a happy ending where the guy gets the girl and they have 2.5 kids and a dog and all that, this book isn’t for you. But…if you want to read a book about what real love looks like, even if it has an expiration date, you’ll love March Wind. And I’m not sure this review can do the book justice.
This was a wonderful, if not tough at times, book to read. Padraig Connor is the son of Tris and Lane Connor. He mans the bar at Pat’s place. Mia Curtis has been coming there a couple nights a week since moving to town. But one night, Padraig notices she’s not her usual self. When she leaves the bar, he follows her.
Finding out she isn’t going to live a full life because of a terminal illness, Padraig decides to step up and help her fulfill items on her list of things to do so she won’t have regrets. Things like seeing the ocean, going to Paris, and eating a cake that is all her own with just her hands.The entire Collins clan pitches in to make sure Mia has love, laughter, and family for the short time she has left.
I’m telling you folks, grab that box of tissues. And make it a full one, because you don’t want to miss a word of this. Bravo Mari Carr, Bravo!
5 PLUS Super Stars!
About Mari Carr
Virginia native, Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary erotic romance novels. With over one million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.
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