Summary: Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to the award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond they forged in their youth has endured. Now reconciled and committed as adults, they begin to create a new life together.
Laqueur crafts a new journey that stretches into both the future and the past. Erik’s passionate, soulful love for Daisy continues to evolve and be tested. His friendship with Will Kaeger grows deeper and more complex. And unexpected contact with his Fiskare cousins offers insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped Erik as an adult. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to explore fragile memories, meet his people and learn about the charms on his signature, heirloom necklace.
All these relationships will prove invaluable when Erik faces his greatest challenge as a son, a husband and a father. Once he walked away from everything he loved. But now he is here to stay.
I actually finished the book Sunday night but needed to ruminate on it for a couple of days. I wanted to find the perfect words to convey my thoughts on the story without giving away pivotal plot points. While I would classify HTS as a quieter book, it is a sad fact of life that surviving a life-threatening event doesn't mean that we receive a free pass from future tragedy. Again, I don't want to give anything away but at one point while reading, there were tears. Lots and lots of tears.
Here to Stay is not like its predecessors. It didn't need to be like the previous books. One of the aspects of Suanne's writing that I like is that she can write young adults, she can write twenty-somethings and now with this novel, she proves that she can write thirty-somethings and have it ring true. These characters have grown as people and they are different because they are changed by their life experiences. The character development in HTS is flawless.
Lucky's reunion was Erik was everything I needed it to be. Erik and Daisy's relationship was everything they needed it to be. For all the talk about the characters being different, the bond of friendship between all of the main characters -- and even the secondary characters -- was possibly even stronger than when they were young and invincible. So often in books, authors throw obstacles at the characters simply to cause conflict. I never once had that feeling of manufactured drama while reading. Suanne crafted a plot that was very organic yet still engrossing. It was a book that rattled around my brain while I lived my life and those are the best kinds of books.
So once again, I urge you to add Here to Stay to your bookshelf and make sure to pick up a copy when it goes live Jan. 14. And thank you Suanne, for your kind words and graciousness. I truly feel that there are great things ahead for you and I will be first in line to read your future work.