“Through The Glass” by Lisa J. Hobman

ThroughTheGlass-4A broken heart can never be a blank canvas…
You meet someone, fall in love, and live happily ever after…right?

That’s what Jim MacDuff thought, but after years of being blissfully happy, everything he holds dear comes crashing spectacularly down thanks to his interfering mother-in-law. Felicity “Flick” Johnston-Hart is passionate about painting what she sees through the glass. Just like the subjects of her paintings, she’s viewed her life as an observer instead of really living. Although she adores her first love, Jim, more than life, her mother’s expectations eventually chip away at her, making her believe that painting and Jim are simply not enough.

After settling back into life as a single man in the stunning Scottish Highlands, Jim is graced with an unexpected and unwanted visitor bringing painful news that he would rather not hear. A letter from beyond the grave leads him to do something he never imagined and takes him on a journey to try to help Flick rekindle her passion for painting…and maybe win her love again in the process.

Can Jim and Flick make things right before it’s too late, or will events leave them heartbroken and alone forever?

I was given this book by the Author, Lisa J. Hobman for an honest review and so I shall deliver.

The Review:

The book starts out with Felicity(Flick) and Jim breaking up.  Jim has always called her Flick as a nickname and a term of endearment. Suddenly FELICITY is too good for that name, Jim and their marriage. She used to paint things that she would see through the glass(window) when they would be traveling somewhere. But she never felt she was good enough, so she strived to be the best at buying and selling art. She succeeded.

Jim is more laid back. He has everything he needs as long as he has Felicity by his side.  He graduated with first class honors from Oxford University, but he’s content to sit in a bookstore all day selling books.  Felicity’s mother Penelope is always telling Felicity she can do better than Jim, that he’s lazy, has no potential, etc.  Instead of following her heart and staying with her soul mate. Felicity follows her mother’s advice and decides to upgrade from Jim.  The break up scene is heartbreaking because Jim loves her more than life itself. He would do anything for her and she knows it.  He was begging and pleading for her not to leave him and she didn’t care.

“We were both on the same page. I don’t understand how we changed.”

“We didn’t change. I did. Like I said, I grew up.” She shook her head. “I know that you haven’t changed.” She snorted. “Sorry, Jim but it’s true. In all these years you’ve kept the same hairstyle, the same clothing, and the same laid back attitude. You still work in the same second hand bookstore, you still drive that ancient Land Rover, and you still take that bloody dog everywhere you go! You’re not a student anymore, James. Maybe I want more, huh? Maybe I want someone who makes an effort!” Her voice gained an octave as her emotions began to get the better of her.

Jim widened his eyes in horror. “Whoa! Now just hang on there, lassie!” He held up his hands and his stomach knotted at her stabbing words as they sliced his heart.

He stepped toward her. “You can’t say that I don’t make an effort. Just because I’m in no way materialistic doesn’t mean I don’t care. I love you. I always have. You are my world! I don’t need things, Felicity. I need you!” His heart ached as it bombarded the inside of his chest. “I’ve done everything in my power to make you happy.

As they’re fighting, anger becomes passion and they end up making love. The worst part!!???? THIS!

He maneuvered to lay by her side and held her to him. “We’ll work this out. You and me, Flick. We can get through anything. It’s always been you and me.” He whispered as he stroked her cheek and kissed her again, deeply, passionately.

She pushed him away, releasing herself from his arms, touching her swollen lips where his had just been. She stood, adjusted her skirt and blouse, and looked down where he still lay.

“I’m so sorry, Jim… Nothing has changed. I’m still leaving.” Her wavering voice broke as she whispered the stabbing words that he did not want to hear.

He pulled his brow into a frown and sat upright. “What?

I…I don’t understand.” He rose to his feet adjusting his clothing. So many emotions battled and stirred inside of him. So many questions. He shook his head and asked again, his heart pounding so hard he thought it would burst from his chest. “What do you mean nothing’s changed?” He pointed to the now crumpled bed. “We…we just made love. Flick…I…I don’t understand. Why would you do that if nothing had changed? It has to have meant something?”

With regret visible on her face and a look of deep, deep sadness in her eyes, she touched his face, tears leaving trails down her own cheeks. “Oh James…it was just…such a beautiful way for us to end things…it was goodbye.” Gently, she stroked his cheek and left.

Jim stood for a moment, stunned, trying to figure out what the hell had just happened. An uncomfortable silence fell over the house and he was momentarily paralysed as if time had stood still. Hurt and angry, he wondered how the hell she could be so damn cruel.

What a bitch! She knew how broken up he was over losing her and she does this, giving him false hope and tells him it’s a way to say goodbye? Seriously!! Wave your flippin’ hand and leave!! It’s less cruel!!!

As you read the book, you will follow Jim and on occasion Felicity, as they remember things prior to the break up. Lisa J. Hobman, takes great care in keeping us on the same track so we don’t get lost. She makes note of those moments and how long before the break up and then when we’re in the present, how long after the break up.

We also follow along with each of them, to see how the break up is affecting them and their lives.  Does she regret what she did? Does Jim find someone who really deserves him? Do they get back together? Or are there forces dooming them to stay apart? These questions can only be answered by reading this book and I highly recommend it!!

I truly enjoyed this story. Just when I thought the book was wrapping up, something tragic happens and we go on another emotional roller coaster.  I really liked Jim. He was a character I could relate to and love. 

Felicity, I just couldn’t get into friend mode with her and that in itself shows the extreme talent the author has!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, like them or love them, if a writer has the talent to evoke those emotions about one of their characters, then that is a sign of an amazing author! Lisa J. Hobman did just that!

I can’t wait to read other books by her.  She has a way of bringing you into her stories and you become her characters. You feel their pain and their love. And THAT is what makes an awesome book and an exceptional author!

I’ve rated this book based upon my rating system.