The Hitch

Knots That Bind

Romance - Contemporary
278 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Hitch: Knots That Bind is a work of romantic contemporary fiction penned by author DonnaLee Overly. The third book in the Knots That Bind series, we have so far followed the beautiful Gabriella King through her not so perfect life of love trials and emotional distress. Even though she appears to be the idol of all women, with her tall blonde frame, athletic and artistic pursuits, life has not been easy for her at all. She has, however, met Brett, a kind supportive ranch hand, and he loves her and her unborn child very much, even though he’s not the father. But when Gabby has a miscarriage, fate intervenes and brings her step-brother Stan into her life. The downward spiral begins again here, and we wonder if Gabby can ever get herself out of it.

I applaud author DonnaLee Overly for creating such a realistic contemporary drama about love, life and the struggles of being a modern woman. Even though Gabby and Brett look like a Barbie and Ken, straight out of the box, their true selves reflect the real hardships that seemingly ‘perfect’ people go through like the rest of us. Gabby’s tale of loss in losing her unborn child is heart wrenching and very well created, whilst the presence of the meddling Stan and the constraints that he puts on Gabby also present an interesting argument about how kind a woman can afford to be whilst still protecting herself and her mental well-being. All in all, The Hitch is a thoughtful and engaging drama for the modern age.

Jack Magnus

The Hitch: Knots That Bind, Book 3 is a contemporary romance novel written by DonnaLee Overly. While this is the third book in Overly’s series, the author gives enough background information to allow this book to be enjoyed as a standalone. Gabby King had been showing her fiance, Brett Matthews, the site she had selected for the construction of their new home. They were deeply in love and happily expecting the birth of their child, Jacob. While Brett was not the biological father, he was every bit as thrilled as Gabby to welcome this baby boy into their lives.

A medical emergency cut short Gabby’s surprise, however, and Brett’s quick thinking in getting her flown by helicopter to the hospital saved the twenty-nine-year-old’s life. While she was unconscious, Gabby saw herself holding her precious son and gazing into his eyes. It was so real and so very poignant a moment. Waking up and learning that Jacob had died as a result of the placental eruption that nearly killed her made Gabby hover on the brink of a deep and lasting depression. Brett and her parents could only wait and hope that she would heal and find the strength to go on.

DonnaLee Overly’s contemporary romance novel, The Hitch: Knots That Bind, Book 3, is an engaging and well-written story that deals with loss during pregnancy and the impact it has on the bereaved parents. It also addresses the issue of prescription painkiller addiction and the crisis that has claimed so many patients in this country. Overly’s plot is well crafted and original, and her characters are complex and believable. While I hadn’t read Books 1 and 2, I found myself quickly immersed in the story and involved with the characters. The Hitch: Knots That Bind, Book 3 is highly recommended.