Hail Mary (Hail Raisers #6) by Lani Lynn Vale

Mary Persephone Hail
Mary—well-wished-for child.

Persephone—destruction.

Hail—well that speaks for itself.

Her name is painful to think about. Mary, his newfound daughter, isn’t a wished-for child. Persephone, though? Yeah, destruction is a fitting description. And Hail? Yeah, that’s just the final f-you.

The moment that her mother drops her off on his doorstep, Dante’s hell becomes complete. 
Or so he thinks.

What can make life worse after losing one’s wife and kids, you ask? Here’s what: being given a baby that depends on him for her survival. Finding out that the baby’s mother is dying of brain cancer, and has a husband that he never knew about. A husband that Dante knows in the marrow of his bones is trying to kill her just as surely as the cancer eating her brain.
Dante’s a bad person. He’s done some not so nice things, and now he’s being punished for his misdeeds. Karma is finally catching up to him.

This child that he’s been stuck with is of his flesh and bone. This child is his salvation. This child is the final nail in the coffin of his wife and daughters’ too short lives.

He doesn’t want this child.

But this child will save him whether he wants her to or not.

With the help of a friend—yes, a woman friend—Dante finds his way back to life. But what he finds when he gets back isn’t the same life that he left behind. Turns out, he has to start living a new one. One where he's suddenly having feelings for a friend that helped him get through some tough times, and loving a daughter that won’t let him quit.

ellie's $0.02:

Oh Dante.   Broken, broken, broken Dante.  His name even breaks me.  Dante was truly just a broken man that needed the right things to heal.

His story made me ache.  His pain and grief is felt through every word of the book.  But he finds his salvation in a beautiful friendship that becomes oh-so-much more and of course... his Hail Mary.

Lani Lynn Vale brought things to a new level in her descriptions of the characters, their internal conflicts, the angst, and the emotion behind this plot.   This one is so much more than a love story.  The development of how they got there and the inner turmoils and struggles of their journey was so well-written.

While there are struggles and emotion and pains for the characters, it truly won't break you.  Don't let it deter you.  Yes, the characters go through hardships. But Lani Lynn Vale excelled at telling the story, with the character pains without breaking the reader in the process.

And they all do get their second chance at life and happiness.  

 

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