Mary Persephone Hail
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.
Before I even started Hail Mary I knew it was going to be a book that had the potential to absolutely destroy me and it did. I cried more than once for Dante, Mary and Cobie, I cried for them separately, I cried for all Dante has lost, I cried for Mary for not knowing her mother, and I cried for all that Cobie goes through, and then I just cried for all of them at once. This is a beautiful emotional heart breaking and healing story.
Now normally for a book from Ms. Vale I will write a pretty long review, but this time I am not going to do that. There is too much that I can accidentally give away or spoil and that is the last thing I want to do. I have tried to find the absolute perfect words to express how much I loved Hail Mary but everything I have tried to write just hasn’t been good enough in my opinion. Therefore, I am just going to say this. From the very start of the series I have wanted to read Dante’s story, we never really got to see who he was until now. The buildup and wait was worth it because it made me love his character even more. If you are worried about reading this one please don’t be. Yes it is emotional, yes at times there is pain, but there is also a beautiful little girl named Mary that every time you see her name you can’t help but smile, there is healing, there is love and there is proof that sometimes the pain does get better.
Hail Mary is one of Lani Lynn Vale’s best books to date. I can’t say it enough how much I loved this book and this series and this is one I can easily recommend to be on your TBR lists.
“How do I articulate how amazing this story is?” - Cali Gals “Thanks Lani for a couple so beautifully broken that it makes me want to wrapped them up and never let go.” - One Last Page Book Blog “Another amazing read from Lani Lynn Vale. Again.” - Books After Fifty…
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 8, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.