In A Good Man Rosanna Leo has once again woven an emotional journey of betrayal, trauma, love, and most importantly, hope.
This book is the first in a new series titled The Handymen. I have a feeling that the series will follow the Zorn brothers, and if so, I can’t wait to see who is up next. All the brothers are fantastic men in their own right and it will be fun to watch them succumb one by one to romance.
A Good Man though is about Michael Zorn and Emily Daniels both are emotionally damaged and vulnerable; but together they overcome the obstacles to finally find peace, and hope. As expected in a novel from this author, characterisation is extremely well done. Both Michael and Emily are genuinely likeable people. Yes, they have their flaws, let’s face it perfection is boring, but their flaws are not of the malicious or vindictive kind, simply the results of their past experiences. As for Michael, well, I dare any woman not to fall even a little in love with him. He is certainly book boyfriend material!
In A Good Man Rosanna Leo has delicately dealt with the matter of PTSD outside of a military setting; raising awareness that PTSD can occur after a wide range of circumstances and is not restricted solely to members of the armed forces. For the sufferer it is the belief in their guilt and their self-condemnation for surviving the incident that leaves them feeling isolated. However they are not the only ones affected by their illness; those around them also feel isolation and a sense of frustration and helplessness that they are not doing enough to help. The many sides and emotions of PTSD were sensitively identified and demonstrated not only by Michael, but also in the reactions and emotions of Emily and his brothers.
This author always has an engaging writing style; with the ability to capture and hold your attention from the first page to the last. Rosanna Leo does not shy away from emotional triggers; instead she chooses to face them head on, and in the case of A Good Man, the result is an addictive read that you will not want to put down until the end.
I would recommend any of this author’s books, but I particularly enjoyed A Good Man. It is light, without being fluffy. It is emotional without being too heavy or overly dramatic. Overall it is a fantastic weekend read, but I’d recommend not starting it at night if you have to get up early the next morning!
A Good Man is available as of 21 November 2017.