Chasing What’s Already Gone by Michael Ross
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Publication Date: July 2016
Danny Pearson is cruising through life on the edge of contentment—even in his marriage…
His wife seems distant, yet perfectly happy. They work on different schedules and pass like ships in the night. But that’s how marriage is after so many years, right?
When Danny meets a mysterious girl, his idea of the meaning of love shatters at his feet…
She’s not extraordinary, but somehow she’s so much more than just another girl. When he catches her gaze, he knows deep in his gut that she’s the one—the love of his life. But being a decent guy, he holds his feelings in check, and there is no ulterior motive when he shares a coffee with her. As she leaves, she gives him a business card. That’s all there is to it.
Her name is Ella. And after that, she is nothing more than a fond memory.
Danny puts Ella out of his mind and moves on with his life—until his world falls apart…When his wife confesses to having an affair and demands a divorce, his life is thrown into chaos. It’s a challenge adjusting to the single life, but it’s not impossible. As time passes, he continues to reminisce of his brief encounter with the woman he’s sure was his chance at true happiness.
How far is Danny willing to go in the pursuit of love? How far would you when, in all probability, you are only…
Chasing what’s already gone?
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Chasing What’s Already Gone surprised me, and in a good way. It’s written by a male author, from the point of view of a male character, which gives a fresh perspective to the story; and nothing is amiss.
Right from when this story begins, it’s glaringly obvious that Danny is a long suffering husband, and his marriage died a while ago. When he sees, and later bumps into, a woman in a shopping centre, fate seems to be working on his side. At first sight, it’s apparent to Danny that this beautiful lady is his soul mate. Now, he just has to find her.
One of my favourite aspects of this book is Danny. He’s a nice guy; soft hearted, handsome, and positively obsessed with his mystery woman. He’s not macho, and he doesn’t seem over the top (which is a relief). I like the characterisation and the way the author included POVs of other characters. I enjoyed the minor characters almost as much as I enjoyed Danny; they all have a mix of different traits, interesting dialogues, and I wasn’t overwhelmed or confused by their different perspectives.
The storyline is well thought out, and quite engaging, and I got some comedy vibes from Danny, especially during his pursuit of his mystery woman. There are some parts of the plot that seem a little creepy (like his stalker tendencies), but those parts only make the story more amusing.
Overall, Chasing What’s Already Gone is a light hearted romance story that has lots of good things going. It’s well thought out, well written, and it would totally leave you smiling. 🙂