For Elsie and Henry, getting married and buying a house is only the beginning of their passionate new adventure. Elsie is flourishing in her job while Henry embarks on a new career as a police officer. Everything, it seems, has finally fallen into place.
Just when it’s all smooth sailing, they face life-altering changes that make Elsie question her ability to adapt. With Henry’s job putting him in constant danger, she watches helplessly while he slips back into his old habits. Elsie must find a way—through any means necessary—to prevent the past from repeating.
With the sand constantly shifting underfoot, Elsie and Henry have to figure out how to strengthen their bond—before they end up losing what matters most…
What happen after happily ever after? Do the characters actually tight everything perfectly together and have that special life they been oh so dying for? Nope. Let’s face it, is life that perfect? Psh! When I read Disarm by June Gray, I honestly was wondering what happen to Henry and Elsie. Their love had me wondering if Henry pulled the same stuff now that they are married? How did he “change” to make things work for Elsie? Well, let me introduce you to “Arrest” … the part duo.
Elsie and Henry are settling into a routine. A “married” life. Any couple could agree; the first year is a tad hard. Heck, I mean it was extremely frustrating to intertwine yourself with an another person, to get use to their characteristics. You learn but for Elsie, she was noticing the red flags as Henry was leading back to the path he once did to her. They did have a hiccup at first but something came unexpected for them, that cause both of them to feel completely different. A pregnancy. Elsie was not ready for it. As much as she wanted to carry the baby and see how excited Henry was, she felt rushed. It was quick and she had a good career that she was so focused on. At the time, Henry was a rookie as a police officer. This was good news for him, during the things he was seeing on duty. Even though, they had a rocky start to their marriage and this bundle of joy coming long, everything changed one day like a switch. One minute you see the light, the next you’re submerged into the darkness.
After the miscarriage, Elsie and Henry just went down the spiral that they tried to stay away from. Henry became closed off, not opening to her on how he felt. He had this protection in his head that he had to do to her, as he felt scared to open up. Elsie couldn’t look at him because of the reminder of what she had lost. She felt like she was suffocating because she was dealing with the lost as well her doctor broke the news of something she wasn’t expecting. That was when everything suddenly made a hard turn for more worse than happiness.
This felt really real to me. It touched subjects that married couples face each day. The fear in my eyes is if the communication becomes closed off, everything else falls down that path. Out of all of June Gray’s books, this one seemed to have deep emotions that my heart broke for this couple. I felt the raw anger from Elsie as she dealt with Henry who tried so hard to close off again from her when she needed a backbone to support her from of the lost of the child. Even though she fought and fought for him to tell her, it made me frustrated because all I wanted was for her to feel happy and she wasn’t. There are events that occur in this story that was so sudden that even I felt like Elsie. I was blindsided.
Near the end, I was emotionally distraught from Henry. I mean, even though he tried so hard to put his work life and home life separate; it just ended up mixing together in the end. I know, he wasn’t trying to allow that to happen–to ruin something he adore the most, but Elsie couldn’t deal with his antics. I wouldn’t either (even if he looked like Henry Cavill..so hard to say that).
I gave this book full stars because it click off everything that I wish a book had, and I could relate to it easily. I mean, everything that Gray was talking about, felt like I’ve experienced it. I was Elsie, handling the lost and feeling hate, sadness, and alone. There she was trying to be strong and independent when all she needed was her husband, instead he kept pushing away. He kept making bad choices that ultimately affected the love he has been desiring for so long. Henry said he love her and nothing matter in the world than her, but yet he was a coward to keep pushing the idea of “talking” to her. Now, I don’t want to spoil it but the ending was just amazing. Such a unique and powerful message and I truly loved it! Kudos June Gray for writing a beautifully-crafted and raw story.