“Inside burning buildings, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighter’s adage: never leave your partner. Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules. Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter… just liker her father. Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being “good enough.” Countless arguments and anger have them wanting to move on to something with more sparks. As they prepare for divorce, Caleb’s father challenges him to commit to a 40-day experiment: “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb reluctantly agrees, not realizing how it will change his world forever. Surprised by what he discovers about the meaning of love, Caleb begins to see his wife and marriage as worth fighting for. But is it too late? His job is to rescue others. Now Captain Holt must face his toughest job ever… rescuing his wife’s heart.”
This was an extremely intense book. It’s not exactly a short book either and I was able to read it in one day (that includes going to work and doing household chores). Once I started it, it was difficult to put down! I don’t know what captured my attention about this book exactly but my guess would be the issues they were facing within their marriage. Usually books always end happily ever after, or at least include an acceptable ending, but this book dealt with the harsh reality that we normally try to avoid discussing. My other guess as to why I was fascinated by this book would be the drama. Most of us love drama, even though we will most likely never admit it, but it does bring a little change to our otherwise monotone routine in life. As long as it isn’t happening to us we will most likely be sitting in the front row with a big bag of popcorn, anxiously awaiting the next move. This book contained a lot of exciting conversations and scenes. I could just feel the tension that they were both experiencing, it really was intense. As a female I completely understood where she was coming from and her side of the story, yet I also understood where Caleb was coming from at the same time. It wasn’t exactly his or her fault, they were both to blame. Arguments don’t start on their own, two people are always involved (if not more). This amazing novel contained a great reminder for us all, married or single, that addictions can ruin our lives and hurt the ones we love. There’s a Bible verse that fits this book perfectly, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” ~ Mark 10:9.