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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Alex likes to keep her distance from people and Paulette Rae makes that clear at every turn in Alexandra the Great. She has a relationship of convenience with Simon and calls Daniel her only real friend, aside from her furry best pal Max. Then one foggy winter morning, she witnesses an auto accident and saves the life of an injured motorcyclist. Before she knows it, Alex is knee-deep in with the boisterous Davies clan. Mike, the rescued motorcyclist, feels a deep connection with his family but nothing else. Even though Mike and his entire family stir the yearnings for a loving family within her, Alex is keen to keep her much loved distance and the funny feeling she gets whenever Mike is around.
What is so great about Alexandra the Great is the slow simmer of the connection between Mike and Alex. Alex isn’t quick to trust and it is refreshing to find that she needs time and Mike gives her more than time; he gives her a shoulder to cry on and an ear to bend. So much happens in this story and it doesn’t feel crammed in for entertainment value; it just feels as though you’ve been dropped off in the life of Alexandra as she makes some truly important decisions. While I appreciate a happy ending, I do appreciate the fact that Alex didn’t have to be the one to do all of the forgiving in order to find some semblance of peace. Paulette Rae creates a wonderful story of getting past old demons, even if you can’t forget them, to forge a healthy and happy future.