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Sometimes broken hearts need whiskey. Sometimes they need music. Other times, only a night with a stranger will soothe the pain. On the night Isaac and I met, we tried all three. When it was over, we went our separate ways. We planned to never see each other again, but I should really know by now that plans don’t work out the way they're supposed to. It has been four years Sometimes broken hearts need whiskey. Sometimes they need music. Other times, only a night with a stranger will soothe the pain. On the night Isaac and I met, we tried all three. When it was over, we went our separate ways. We planned to never see each other again, but I should really know by now that plans don’t work out the way they're supposed to. It has been four years since that night, and it’s a bizarre twist of fate that lands me in need of help only Isaac can give. I don’t want to be attracted to him, but I am. I don’t want my heart to skip a beat when it sees him, but it does. And I really don’t want him to look at me that way, but he won’t stop. Because things aren't like they were four years ago. And this time? We don’t have the option of parting ways when the sun comes up.


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Sometimes broken hearts need whiskey. Sometimes they need music. Other times, only a night with a stranger will soothe the pain. On the night Isaac and I met, we tried all three. When it was over, we went our separate ways. We planned to never see each other again, but I should really know by now that plans don’t work out the way they're supposed to. It has been four years Sometimes broken hearts need whiskey. Sometimes they need music. Other times, only a night with a stranger will soothe the pain. On the night Isaac and I met, we tried all three. When it was over, we went our separate ways. We planned to never see each other again, but I should really know by now that plans don’t work out the way they're supposed to. It has been four years since that night, and it’s a bizarre twist of fate that lands me in need of help only Isaac can give. I don’t want to be attracted to him, but I am. I don’t want my heart to skip a beat when it sees him, but it does. And I really don’t want him to look at me that way, but he won’t stop. Because things aren't like they were four years ago. And this time? We don’t have the option of parting ways when the sun comes up.

30 review for Our Finest Hour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Based on the synopsis, never would I ever expect that special something the main characters were sharing would be the exact thing I disliked most; thus, this book was just an okay read for me. If it weren't for my newly-discovered, newly-favorited author, I didn't think I'd pick this up in the first place. To my surprise, the overall story was still well-plotted and I sort of enjoyed the protagonists' journey by the end of it. :) Full review to come...hopefully soon. Based on the synopsis, never would I ever expect that special something the main characters were sharing would be the exact thing I disliked most; thus, this book was just an okay read for me. If it weren't for my newly-discovered, newly-favorited author, I didn't think I'd pick this up in the first place. To my surprise, the overall story was still well-plotted and I sort of enjoyed the protagonists' journey by the end of it. :) Full review to come...hopefully soon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I felt the hero had way too much patience for the heroine after finding out she had his baby 5 years ago. Her father offered to hire a private investigator; however she refused as well as lied about the babydaddy's name. I understand she had abandonment issues but she was a straight up bitch and needed a punch in the face at times. I couldn't stand the heroine! I felt the hero had way too much patience for the heroine after finding out she had his baby 5 years ago. Her father offered to hire a private investigator; however she refused as well as lied about the babydaddy's name. I understand she had abandonment issues but she was a straight up bitch and needed a punch in the face at times. I couldn't stand the heroine!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Truly a must read I enjoyed it immensely. The beginning was a little choppy, I wanted to know about the addition of Claire. Being pregnant, struggling school and birth. I think we were cheated. It turned great about 30% So do not worry my friends you will be rewarded. Special mention to Lucia because her story blew me away

  5. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was a decent book. I pretty much enjoyed all the characters in the book. Except for Aubrey. She was difficult and I tried to be understanding. I know that her mom left and she never recovered. She also made it hard for her to have a relationship with Isaac and he was a good catch too. Thankfully in the end she got her act together and could finally let herself be happy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Fritz PA

    Another stellar novel ♡ Aubrey is so broken through most of this story. Her salvation comes from unexpected sources to her way of thinking. Isaac is sweet and strong. They're the perfect pair to help heal each other's brokenness. This novel sees Aubrey take a huge emotional growth. Isaac is constant in his resolve to be there for her. The characters were wonderfully written and the plot was detailed. The ending was absolutely perfect and I couldn't have wished for a better conclusion. Another stellar novel ♡ Aubrey is so broken through most of this story. Her salvation comes from unexpected sources to her way of thinking. Isaac is sweet and strong. They're the perfect pair to help heal each other's brokenness. This novel sees Aubrey take a huge emotional growth. Isaac is constant in his resolve to be there for her. The characters were wonderfully written and the plot was detailed. The ending was absolutely perfect and I couldn't have wished for a better conclusion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristiej

    I wanted to like this book, I really, really did. And after I finished reading it I read some of the reviews and noticed that quite a number of people did like it. But I'm an island on this book and it was a struggle at times to keep going. I'm going to start with the positives Issac is a most excellent hero. He's a doctor. He's sensitive. He's yummy. He steps up to the plate faster than one can say I have a daughter and wants to be a very active part of her life. He's a very A+ type hero. Claire, I wanted to like this book, I really, really did. And after I finished reading it I read some of the reviews and noticed that quite a number of people did like it. But I'm an island on this book and it was a struggle at times to keep going. I'm going to start with the positives Issac is a most excellent hero. He's a doctor. He's sensitive. He's yummy. He steps up to the plate faster than one can say I have a daughter and wants to be a very active part of her life. He's a very A+ type hero. Claire, their daughter is wonderfully written. Usually I'm meh about children in books, but Claire was adorable. Mike, Aubrey's dad is the kind of dad I wish there were more of. He's kind of the strong, stoic and silent types but he's very supportive of Aubrey and a wonderful grandfather to Claire. Now we come to Aubrey and unfortunately she left me ice cold. While I did appreciate she had every intention of letting Issac know about Claire, she loses track of him and once they connect again, although overprotective, she is very open to having a relationship develop between Claire and Issac. But that's the only good thing about her. Yes, I get that she's never gotten past the fact that her mother abandoned her and her father and it's a gaping wound that never healed. But when you have a gaping wound, you do something to heal it for pete's sake. Why did she never go for counseling? Why did she give this woman who simply vanished have that much affect on her that is was still having a major impact on how she saw life and herself? It completely got in the way of anything happening between herself and Issac even though he's wonderful to her and their daughter through most of the book and there was a very strong attraction between them. A number of time I thought 'get over it' and I was frustrated with how patient Issac was with Claire. I really didn't see what he saw in her except for the fact he was Claire's dad. The book is well written and I'm glad it works for so many. It just didn't for me though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm

    One word: Beautiful! One hour of madness, one hour to forget all their problems, one hour to immerse in their desires, one hour that will soon be relived four years after. Aubrey was nursing a broken heart on April Fool’s day, but the pain radiating in her heart wasn’t fooling anyone. With the help of her best friend Britt, Aubrey drowned her tears in a bar and met Isaac, a stranger who made her forget all her worries and spent an hour of pure bliss, without exchanging any contact numbers nor last One word: Beautiful! One hour of madness, one hour to forget all their problems, one hour to immerse in their desires, one hour that will soon be relived four years after. Aubrey was nursing a broken heart on April Fool’s day, but the pain radiating in her heart wasn’t fooling anyone. With the help of her best friend Britt, Aubrey drowned her tears in a bar and met Isaac, a stranger who made her forget all her worries and spent an hour of pure bliss, without exchanging any contact numbers nor last names. At first glance, you’d thought that this is just another story about a man who picks up a girl at a bar and starts romancing her. I am telling you now, this is not that kind of book. Our Finest Hour is about healing and familial love, about finding the courage to trust again and enduring heartaches in order to accept the reality of life. Aubrey is a strong woman in her own special way. She is wary of accepting help from other people as she lives alone together with her father after her mother abandons them. For years, it’s been her and her father only, and for Aubrey, that’s already enough. Any longing for maternal love is out of the question. You’d think it’s that kind of strength that made her formidable, but for me, it’s her own maternal instinct and protective mama bear attitude that made Aubrey a force to reckon with. A force that knocks out Isaac Cordova off his feet. Isaac has his own inner demons, and all throughout the book, his own ugly truth was what kept me mystified and baffled until the end. I love how he also became a force for Aubrey to constantly battle with. I love that their initial attraction didn’t deter the story from the beginning; on the contrary, it’s their slow and winding romance that made this whole book so satisfyingly beautiful and heartrending. Author Jennifer Millikin writes a story so poignant and touching, that leaves her readers clutching their hearts and wiping their tears. This is my first time reading her book and it already left a big impact on me. I am positive that I’ll be picking up her other books in the near future. And I can’t wait to have my heart and soul be touched again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tee loves Kyle Jacobson

    First off I have to say that this is one of those books you love to hate because the heroine is such a biatch. She is rude and obnoxious and she has no regard for others feelings and her secrets well let's just say that the secrets really irritated me. I understood she had abandonment issues with her mother leaving her but that did not give her the right to ask like a spoiled little biatch. Aubrey has meet the man of her dreams Isaac who is a doctor and he is loving and caring and so much more. T First off I have to say that this is one of those books you love to hate because the heroine is such a biatch. She is rude and obnoxious and she has no regard for others feelings and her secrets well let's just say that the secrets really irritated me. I understood she had abandonment issues with her mother leaving her but that did not give her the right to ask like a spoiled little biatch. Aubrey has meet the man of her dreams Isaac who is a doctor and he is loving and caring and so much more. They have this great chemistry and share one night together that is simply amazing and then she is gone. She leaves Isaac and does not see him until five years later. In the five years she has a huge secret she needs to tell Isaac and when she does she is worried about his reaction but the way he handles her secret really had my heart skipping a beat because I want a man like that. Isaac really loves Aubrey and he is willing to do anything for her but she is such a biatch to him and it all stems from her mother abandoning her. So yes I liked this book but the main character really had me on the edge of my seat yelling at my kindle wanting to punch through it to her because she needed a good arse kicking so she can act right!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Missy Brown

    Can I just say WOW! I absolutely loved Our Finest Hour. If you are looking for a good, makes your heart have all kinds of feels, read, don’t look any further. We have our main female lead Aubrey who meets Isaac at a low point one night. They have one incredible hour together. Years go by, 5 to be exact, and she accidentally runs into him one day. But she has a secret, one that will change the rest of his life. Can Issac convince Aubrey to give him a second chance? Such a good story, that held me Can I just say WOW! I absolutely loved Our Finest Hour. If you are looking for a good, makes your heart have all kinds of feels, read, don’t look any further. We have our main female lead Aubrey who meets Isaac at a low point one night. They have one incredible hour together. Years go by, 5 to be exact, and she accidentally runs into him one day. But she has a secret, one that will change the rest of his life. Can Issac convince Aubrey to give him a second chance? Such a good story, that held me captive til the end. I really enjoyed these two together. They both had issues to overcome, and Issac really is the perfect match for Aubrey. Well worth the read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa :)

    Couldn‘t stand the heroine and was, quite honestly, bored for the most part.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Faith89

    copy received for honest review The story was a long read for me. The female lead, Aubrey was dealing with abandonment issues the majority of the book. After a while her behavior got tiresome. Isaac, was almost too good to be true. After finding out about his daughter, he was all in. The story was really "easy". everything worked out. the only real struggle was Aubrey and her sense of abandonment. to Aubrey, Isaac has the perfect family. She has a dream in her mind of what a family is supposed to copy received for honest review The story was a long read for me. The female lead, Aubrey was dealing with abandonment issues the majority of the book. After a while her behavior got tiresome. Isaac, was almost too good to be true. After finding out about his daughter, he was all in. The story was really "easy". everything worked out. the only real struggle was Aubrey and her sense of abandonment. to Aubrey, Isaac has the perfect family. She has a dream in her mind of what a family is supposed to be. she never really understood until later that family is not always picture perfect.She already has a great family, with love, support and sacrifice.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ANGELA OBERNDORFER

    Enjoyable characters This was a book in which you can fall in love with the characters. It flows well and although the story can be a bit cheesy at times, it was well written and a quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Stockwell

    Outstanding. This is a very heartwarming clean romance. Nothing new about the one night stand which results in a surprise baby. All of the characters are enjoyably endearing. From both parents, Aubrey, Isaac and Claire, the surprise daughter.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dustyloup

    Overall enjoyable story but repetitive at times

  16. 5 out of 5

    iamnotabookworm

    This is my second book of Jennifer Millikin. My first encounter with the author was The Day He Went Away. It was a very emotional read about loss. This one is a bit less intense and not as tragic as the first one but it still retains the author's mark of drawing you in like you have a stake in the characters and the turn of events in the story. The author has a way of making you an active participant in the story, which I heartily grabbed on to. This is a story of a guy and a girl meeting in a ba This is my second book of Jennifer Millikin. My first encounter with the author was The Day He Went Away. It was a very emotional read about loss. This one is a bit less intense and not as tragic as the first one but it still retains the author's mark of drawing you in like you have a stake in the characters and the turn of events in the story. The author has a way of making you an active participant in the story, which I heartily grabbed on to. This is a story of a guy and a girl meeting in a bar and then hooked up after. But then, what happened after the said hook up is far more interesting. These two people then crossed paths again, five years later, and something unexpected and amazing happens. This story is like the universe's way of making up for some wrongs done. In this story, Fate worked in a very surprising way, in favor of all the people involved. This is just a sweet story. One where you wished will happen to all those who were hurt, broken and abandoned. A sweet and lovely ending after a trying life of being a single parent. A second chance. I am not sure if I believe in love at first sight but his story somehow made that a concrete possibility. That there is a chance it could happen to a person, once in his/her lifetime. With Aubrey and Isaac, it was not really a magical first meeting of sorts but their agreement to just forget everything in one hour with each other was probably the most romantic and amazing start of their story. That one hour which Fate decreed to be the foundation of a future that they will soon share together. The one hour that marks the start of a life that is meant to be lived together. This is a modern fairy tale with a really happy and wondrous ending. I would trade half of my life for this one great hour. The chemistry of Aubrey and Isaac on that first meeting was just so evident and electric. Even these two can't deny that. These two met in such a very fortuitous time, when each one wanted to forget about pain and disappointment. They were like a balm for each other, for at least an hour, they eased each other's pain, even temporarily. Then, there's the serendipitous second meeting after five long years. Fate's hand again is totally to be credited for stepping in. The astonishing revelation and then Isaac's offer. All these just blew me away. The events in the story were not exactly unpredictable but the way the author narrated and lined them up was just so flawless. It was done with great care and timing that left me open-mouthed even though I have expected that it is what will likely happen next. I was just so into the story, I wanted to be Audrey and Isaac could be mine. The only thing that I did not expect was how Aubrey let go of her longing for her mom. I wanted her to confront her mom and ask her all the questions that she wanted answered but that was not what happened. I wanted her to get the closure she wants by facing her mom. But it was not to be. I think the author wanted to close that chapter in Aubrey's life in a different way instead of the most common expected outcome. Over all, I was not disappointed because the ending absolutely made up for it. I never wanted the story to end any other way. I give the book 5/5 blueberry muffins. I just loved how the story unfolded, it was excellently done. As I have said, Millikin, has a way of capturing the attention and hearts of her readers. All the characters, even the supporting ones, were portrayed with enough description to understand its purpose and part in the story as a whole. And Claire, is just so cute and adorable. I too want to be a protective mama bear for her. I may have not agreed with the author on how she ended Aubrey's issues with her mom but it did not at all affect the whole impact of the ending of the story. Yes, I wished it would have been how I wanted but I totally respect the author when she deemed it to be some other way. I am just so glad that this book was as I have expected. I am thankful that it was not as heavy as the first but it was still done with the same care and passion. Millikin, definitely is going to end up in my favorite authors' list. All I need is one more book to seal the deal. Life is eventful. It has a way of racing forward without asking if you need to stop and take a breath. - Jennifer Millikin, Our Finest Hour - Thank you, Jennifer Millikin for the ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth May Jahns

    We first find Aubrey having just had her heart broken by Owen, and she’s a wreck. Her best friend, Britt, convinces her to go to a country music bar, where she meets Isaac. Aubrey and Isaac have an agreement: they will spend one hour together, and not a minute more. They won’t exchange phone numbers or even last names. A few weeks later, Aubrey finds herself…that’s right, you guessed it…pregnant, and with no way to contact her sixty minute lover. When they meet five years later, their electricit We first find Aubrey having just had her heart broken by Owen, and she’s a wreck. Her best friend, Britt, convinces her to go to a country music bar, where she meets Isaac. Aubrey and Isaac have an agreement: they will spend one hour together, and not a minute more. They won’t exchange phone numbers or even last names. A few weeks later, Aubrey finds herself…that’s right, you guessed it…pregnant, and with no way to contact her sixty minute lover. When they meet five years later, their electricity is instant, even though Isaac has a fiancée by this point. A fiancée, I might point out, who is definitely not thrilled to find out about Isaac’s sordid past. Meanwhile, Aubrey is deeply emotionally scarred due to the fact that her mother walked out on her and her father when she was a child. Aubrey mentions in the book that she’s in her mid-twenties, and yet she is still drowning in her childhood emotional trauma stemming from her mother’s abandonment. I hate to put it so callously, but… get over it. As someone who suffered childhood trauma perpetrated by a parent, I know how difficult it can be to move on from such a foundational aspect of who you were growing up. But it’s like Aubrey likes being a victim. At one point, she tells the reader, “I don’t know how to work in any way but hard. I’m not a soft person. I don’t wallow.” Really? Because it seems like you’ve been wallowing in your victimhood since page one, and haven’t made any strides toward picking yourself up and dusting yourself off. She also tells the reader, “I’m bombarded with reminders of my mother’s absence.” Yes, Aubrey, because you actively look for them everywhere. Next, let me address Aubrey and Isaac’s relationship. After she serendipitously runs into Isaac again after five years and reveals that he is the father to her daughter, Claire, he is thrilled. He doesn’t need time to adjust. He doesn’t need to take a few days to think things over. In fact, after just a couple of weeks, he asks Aubrey and Claire to move in with him (platonically, of course). As Aubrey and Britt are conversing in a bar, Britt tells Aubrey, “He’s a dream come true. Literally.” This isn’t inaccurate, but it didn’t do much to dissuade me of the notion that this is all a little too unrealistic. Sure, the characters are scarred from their respective pasts, but that doesn’t automatically round them out. Aubrey’s father, John, and Claire are the most charming parts of the novel, which doesn’t say much for our hero and heroine. I didn’t feel much chemistry between Aubrey and Isaac. This might have to do with the fact that, when I read romance novels, I want the pages on fire… The most that happens in this novel is that sex is vaguely alluded to, but ultimately skipped over, which was disappointing. Ultimately, there are a lot of reviews on Amazon swearing that this novel is uplifting and moving and enjoyable. I just wouldn’t use any of those adjectives to describe it. It didn’t keep me guessing or build any suspense. I didn’t feel that it was a waste of my time, exactly, and I don’t regret reading it, but I also wouldn’t recommend it. P.S. I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Don’t you love it when you accidentally stumble upon a great read and even better, it’s free? I found this gem on Amazon the other day and once I started reading, I did nothing else until I had finished the very last line! While on a rare night out with friends, Aubrey meets Issac and as they talk and drink, she spills her guts about her mother leaving when she was a small child up, her boyfriend recently dumping her, and everything in between. Issac is also nursing some serious wounds that he d Don’t you love it when you accidentally stumble upon a great read and even better, it’s free? I found this gem on Amazon the other day and once I started reading, I did nothing else until I had finished the very last line! While on a rare night out with friends, Aubrey meets Issac and as they talk and drink, she spills her guts about her mother leaving when she was a small child up, her boyfriend recently dumping her, and everything in between. Issac is also nursing some serious wounds that he doesn’t share, and although he’s leaving the country in a few days, he and Aubrey decide to share an hour together full of passion. Five years later, they accidentally meet again and everything has changed. Soon, Aubrey is fighting against her own rules of pushing everyone away as she realizes how important Issac has become in her life. The term “mother” is probably one of the most sensitive subjects in my life and I went into this not realizing that Aubrey has a ton of issues involving love, trust, and worthiness due to her mother leaving her and her father when she was a young child. However, this in no way impacted my enjoyment of this story and watching Aubrey journey through her own personal struggles and successes. I related to and enjoyed the close relationship she had with her father and absolutely loved her young daughter, Claire. There honestly are not enough words to describe how much I loved Issac and his mother Lucia. His father and sister were perfectly fine, but it was clear how much of his mother’s love and spirit had impacted Issac throughout his life, contributing to the incredible man he became. My only real issue with this novel was Aubrey herself. I did like her character and I loved the happy moments that she experienced. Even some of the not so happy moments were still relevant and added depth to her character. However, her fears and issues became cumbersome over the course of the novel, as did her friend Britt trying to analyze her issues and I guess an attempt to bring some clarity to certain fears and concerns in Aubrey’s life. There is no way to estimate the number of people in this world that have had one or both of their parents leave them, but everyone does have a choice to make of it what they want. Live a life in fear of abandonment and having your heart broken, or take risks like the rest of the universe? That issue aside, this is a great read and I definitely recommend it to fans of second-chance romances! Jennifer Millikin is an incredibly talented author and shows amazing talent in her characterization and her relatable and well-developed plot structure. Her writing style will make you feel as if you are right there in the novel with the characters, the writing is perfectly paced, and I promise that you will fall in love with Issac!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I was able to identify with the emotions portrayed in this book. The plotline was complex and unexpected. The characters were so well written that they were described down to the last teardrop. Aubrey Reynolds is a college student. Abandoned by her mother at age eight, she felt that there was something wrong with her. She was the reason why people kept leaving her life and it hurt. Aubrey is a strong, dedicated, guarded, insecure, loving and loyal person. She never got over what her mother did. I was able to identify with the emotions portrayed in this book. The plotline was complex and unexpected. The characters were so well written that they were described down to the last teardrop. Aubrey Reynolds is a college student. Abandoned by her mother at age eight, she felt that there was something wrong with her. She was the reason why people kept leaving her life and it hurt. Aubrey is a strong, dedicated, guarded, insecure, loving and loyal person. She never got over what her mother did. Her father John, stepped up to the plate and tried his best to be both mother and father to her. Aubrey was emotionally damaged. She,managed to guard her heart and trust was a commodity she did not easily give. Her best friend, Britt, was a talkative, outgoing. extremely loyal. secure, loving young woman. She did succeed in understanding Aubrey and helped her cope when things went haywire. Isaac is a tall, handsome man with secrets and pain of his own. He is a child orthopedic surgeon. He comes from a loving family. He has a mother, Lucia. a father, Paul and a sister, Lauren. Aubrey's journey is a struggling one. She needs to heal but how? Isaac also needs to heal. He wants Aubrey in his life. But will she be able to trust again, to love again. This is a beautiful book. It is a step by step account of Aubrey and Isaac's healing process. There were moments I was sad and could easily relate to their pain. There were moments of laughter. Aubrey had a very funny way about her. Her sass was her protection. Isaac's had a gift of patience and understanding helped him cope. Do read this book. It is a little heavy but so worth the time. I highly recommend it. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Wow, just wow!! So many tears throughout this book. This is such an emotion read that will have you needing to see what happens until the very end. Aubrey meets Isaac at a low point in her life, her boyfriend had just broken up with her (and not even in person)...they had 1 incredible HOUR together and don't see each other again for 5 years. Isaac is a constant throughout this entire novel which is something that Aubrey needs. She has her dad and her daughter Claire who also help her get by but Wow, just wow!! So many tears throughout this book. This is such an emotion read that will have you needing to see what happens until the very end. Aubrey meets Isaac at a low point in her life, her boyfriend had just broken up with her (and not even in person)...they had 1 incredible HOUR together and don't see each other again for 5 years. Isaac is a constant throughout this entire novel which is something that Aubrey needs. She has her dad and her daughter Claire who also help her get by but that type of love is different from a romantic love. Isaac also has such a great family. I feel like this book is about healing and growth and being able to overcome your past and look to the future. Isaac will never forget their one hour and when he sees her again he can't get her out of his head. But of course things aren't as easy for Aubrey, while she may be attracted to him, she doesn't think he could ever stick around for the long haul and that goes back to her mother. Isaac though is more like Aubrey though then they realize at first and this is something that does help both of them along the way. A very well written book with the heartbreaking and heartwarming aspects, it is a book you will not want to put down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Book Girl

    I want to start this post by saying I really wanted to like this book. I read the synopsis and saw the cover and was completely hooked. I really wanted too, but after I finished it I realized I didn't really care for this book at all. I mean there were decent things about it, as I did rate it 3 stars but it just wasn't that special. Apparently, I am in the minority with this opinion. It was really a struggle to finish this book. The book is very well written, with few, if any grammatical errors. I want to start this post by saying I really wanted to like this book. I read the synopsis and saw the cover and was completely hooked. I really wanted too, but after I finished it I realized I didn't really care for this book at all. I mean there were decent things about it, as I did rate it 3 stars but it just wasn't that special. Apparently, I am in the minority with this opinion. It was really a struggle to finish this book. The book is very well written, with few, if any grammatical errors. I enjoyed the way that the daughter, I believe her name was Claire, was written. I don't normally care for romance novels that include kids but this girl was such a sweet part of the story. One of the main characters is named Issac, he is sort of your average romance hero. He is super sensitive and attentive. He is a doctor and is incredibly charming. I just didn't like how it felt like we had to like him, as a reader I don't like being forced into feeling a certain way. I thought he might have had some alliterative motives because he stepped up to the plate faster than most would. He wanted to be an active part of her life, and I loved that but it just seemed so very sudden. The character I ended up disliking the most was the main character Aubry. She was very rude at times and she was weirdly over protective about Claire. I didn't like that she kept the daughter from Issac as long as she did. While she is open to the relationship, I felt like that she was setting up road blocks for him to navigate. That just left a bad taste in my mouth. It is obvious that she still is wounded by her mother leaving her, this is a wound that seems to have not healed with her. I believe this ends up hurting her daughter at the moment. Overall this book was about overcoming the past and growing through experiences that we have in our lives. I liked the healing aspect of this novel, it made it interesting to me. This is such a well written book with such heartwarming topics and aspects. I just wish I would have enjoyed it more. I am glad I got this free on kindle. I enjoyed the story enough that I don't regret reading it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cat Ziman

    The most that I really have to say about this book is... eh. Aubrey, our heroine, was annoying at most. I absolutely understand loss and the lingering pain but you'd think at some point you'd let it go, at least a little. Aubrey seems to walk around with a chip on her shoulder, and is in desperate need of some freaking therapy. Isaac was pure as can be, and the whole reason why he went to the bar last night was glossed over for most of the book until the end, where it was used to wrap everything The most that I really have to say about this book is... eh. Aubrey, our heroine, was annoying at most. I absolutely understand loss and the lingering pain but you'd think at some point you'd let it go, at least a little. Aubrey seems to walk around with a chip on her shoulder, and is in desperate need of some freaking therapy. Isaac was pure as can be, and the whole reason why he went to the bar last night was glossed over for most of the book until the end, where it was used to wrap everything up in a pretty little bow. The intimate scenes were skipped over, which took away from any chemistry that Isaac and Aubrey might have had in previous scenes. At times this book was hard to get through simply because of Aubrey's character. Isaac was a little too perfect, and the way the author decided to deal with Jenna just seemed a little too easy. I would've loved to see a little bit less of Aubrey's self pity and more of her growing up. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    A sweet story about a young woman who had recently had her heart broken which just solidify her feelings of self worth, or lack thereof.. which originated when she just a child and her mother walked out on her. She meets a man in a bar and ended up having a one night stand, never having given the other any other info about themselves. Fast forward five years and she unexpectedly runs into him again just when she needs him the most. They has a special bond when they first met, and they are both f A sweet story about a young woman who had recently had her heart broken which just solidify her feelings of self worth, or lack thereof.. which originated when she just a child and her mother walked out on her. She meets a man in a bar and ended up having a one night stand, never having given the other any other info about themselves. Fast forward five years and she unexpectedly runs into him again just when she needs him the most. They has a special bond when they first met, and they are both feeling like it's still there, but there are complications. The characters are both well liked and complex and he is definitely book boyfriend material. It is a more serious and melancholy read. There are a few laughable moments, but in general it's not a comedy. It is well written and has a secret that is hinted at throughout the book, but not revealed until the end. It's easy to read and reads fairly quickly. It skips ahead (in time) throughout and leaves out all the unnecessary filler, which I appreciate. *I volunteered to review an ARC of this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Magali

    Sweet well written romance, with good characters who are reconstructing themself because of their childhood. It was maybe too sweet for me. The story describes the long way to trust again, when you feel left by almost everyone that you loved. Aubrey is quite traumatized by her mother who left her when she was 8 and now she’s left by her boyfriend in college. She thinks that nobody wants her. Her roommate convinces her to have a one night stand to change her mind, and she meets Isaac who is perfec Sweet well written romance, with good characters who are reconstructing themself because of their childhood. It was maybe too sweet for me. The story describes the long way to trust again, when you feel left by almost everyone that you loved. Aubrey is quite traumatized by her mother who left her when she was 8 and now she’s left by her boyfriend in college. She thinks that nobody wants her. Her roommate convinces her to have a one night stand to change her mind, and she meets Isaac who is perfect because he has to leave. But few weeks later she discovers she’s pregnant. Four years later, she goes to hospital with her daughter who needs surgery and the doctor who comes is Isaac. He’s engaged and when he discovers he’s a father, he doesn’t want to let his daughter down. The relation between Aubrey, Isaac, their daughter and his fiancé are complicated, mainly because Isaac is still attracted to Aubrey and that he can’t let his daughter down. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ROBIN RUIZ

    I loved this book! This is the first book by this author I have read and it won't be the last ! I went into this book totally blind, I had no idea what it was about or the authors style of writing. This book is about letting go of the past and giving the future a chance. I have never read a book with such strong willed , stand on my own, kind of characters! I loved every character and I seriously couldn't put this book down! Audrey and Isaac have more in common then they think after a one hour e I loved this book! This is the first book by this author I have read and it won't be the last ! I went into this book totally blind, I had no idea what it was about or the authors style of writing. This book is about letting go of the past and giving the future a chance. I have never read a book with such strong willed , stand on my own, kind of characters! I loved every character and I seriously couldn't put this book down! Audrey and Isaac have more in common then they think after a one hour encounter ( wink wink ). 5 years later they have an unexpected meeting and the book just flies from that point on. Family is Love!! That is something Isaacs mother taught him and it could not be more true than in these pages! Thank you Jennifer Millikin for this beautiful story and I honestly can not wait for book 2! If you are a fan of hers you won't be disappointed and if you are a first timer like me, you will enjoy this book more than you can imagine !

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly DeMarco

    A healing journey, finding love along the way Our Finest Hour by Jennifer Millikin is a beautifully written book that explores emotional trauma in a young woman’s youth and the process she goes through of grief (acceptance). Aubrey has cut herself off from feeling love for anyone other than her family and best friend. Isaac also struggles with a past hurt, which ultimately lead to their first significant and sexy long-lasting hour. More sexy hours commence too, once Aubrey allows herself the plea A healing journey, finding love along the way Our Finest Hour by Jennifer Millikin is a beautifully written book that explores emotional trauma in a young woman’s youth and the process she goes through of grief (acceptance). Aubrey has cut herself off from feeling love for anyone other than her family and best friend. Isaac also struggles with a past hurt, which ultimately lead to their first significant and sexy long-lasting hour. More sexy hours commence too, once Aubrey allows herself the pleasure. I connected with these characters, not for similar experiences, but for their strengths and beauty inside and out. This author’s deep exploration of Aubrey’s emotional pain is poignant and real, while guiding her into opening her heart to Isaac who understands, accepts and demonstrates a need for patience. Overall a very well written book I highly recommend. I read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Hidden Gems to voluntarily share my review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria Hunt

    Our Finest Hour is a beautiful and emotional read that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. The characters are beautifully flawed yet totally relatable. Aubrey and Isaac each wanted a moment to let loose and forget about their troubles. One moment turned into an hour that would forever change both of their lives. Five years later they end up back in each other's lives and both of them are taken quite by surprise. I loved watching both of their walls come down as they learned to trust what was r Our Finest Hour is a beautiful and emotional read that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. The characters are beautifully flawed yet totally relatable. Aubrey and Isaac each wanted a moment to let loose and forget about their troubles. One moment turned into an hour that would forever change both of their lives. Five years later they end up back in each other's lives and both of them are taken quite by surprise. I loved watching both of their walls come down as they learned to trust what was right in front of them. Isaac was incredibly patient though determined once he realized what he wanted. My heart broke for Aubrey when she decided to face the ghost of her past. Admittedly I laughed, cried, and then swooned while reading this book. The journey of self discovery these amazing characters take you on will put your emotions through the wringer and then leave you with a smile. A definite must read if you enjoy entertaining, captivating and emotional reads!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This was my first read by Jennifer Millikin but I will absolutely read more from her. I enjoyed Isaac and Aubrey's story. The two meet when they are both nursing broken hearts over events that could break them. Aubrey's stems from childhood, when the person who should have loved her most leaves her and all her relationships are gauged by this one event. Everyone leaves so why put herself out there. Isaac's pain is fresh and just as life changing. When the two meet they agree to give each other ju This was my first read by Jennifer Millikin but I will absolutely read more from her. I enjoyed Isaac and Aubrey's story. The two meet when they are both nursing broken hearts over events that could break them. Aubrey's stems from childhood, when the person who should have loved her most leaves her and all her relationships are gauged by this one event. Everyone leaves so why put herself out there. Isaac's pain is fresh and just as life changing. When the two meet they agree to give each other just one hour and then walk away. Neither had any idea that the one hour they share put them on a collision course that will find them hurting all over again. A great, beautiful love story and the healing that comes with the kind of love that everyone deserves. All they need to do is let someone else in to heal them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria S-M

    Aubry's boyfriend breaks up with her OVER THE PHONE, on April Fools Day. Her best friend drags her to a cowboy bar to drink away her pain. She is getting ready to leave when she bumps into Isaac, who looks as sad as she feels. He is moving away in three days. They end up deciding to spend and hour with each other, to forget the pain they are feeling. No last names, no phone numbers. Fast forward five years, she turns around to find him, answering another need. But she has something to tell him a Aubry's boyfriend breaks up with her OVER THE PHONE, on April Fools Day. Her best friend drags her to a cowboy bar to drink away her pain. She is getting ready to leave when she bumps into Isaac, who looks as sad as she feels. He is moving away in three days. They end up deciding to spend and hour with each other, to forget the pain they are feeling. No last names, no phone numbers. Fast forward five years, she turns around to find him, answering another need. But she has something to tell him and it is going to upend his contained little world. This is a wonderful, closed door romance. She is risk-adverse, he is an adventurer. They are both wounded, but together they just might heal. There was a scene near the end, that I found to be unrealistic and anti-climatic, but overall, a wonderful story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    The blurb of this book had me wanting to read it badly. I just thought that this would be a 5 star read for me. Unfortunately it was not and I was a little disappointed. My main problem with this book was Aubrey's character. She was annoying throughout most of the book and she needed some major therapy. I didn't hate her character but at the same time I didn't care for her. I absolutely enjoyed Claire, Isaac and Aubrey's dad Mike. Claire was completely adorable, Issac was perfect; a little too p The blurb of this book had me wanting to read it badly. I just thought that this would be a 5 star read for me. Unfortunately it was not and I was a little disappointed. My main problem with this book was Aubrey's character. She was annoying throughout most of the book and she needed some major therapy. I didn't hate her character but at the same time I didn't care for her. I absolutely enjoyed Claire, Isaac and Aubrey's dad Mike. Claire was completely adorable, Issac was perfect; a little too perfect at times but I enjoyed him a lot. Mike was a great dad and so supportive of Aubrey and Claire. To sum it all up, there were things I liked and disliked about this book and even though the ending was wrapped up nicely, I was still disappointed that I didn't enjoyed it as much as I had hoped I would.

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