A Review by Wendy
3 Believing in HEA Stars
* * *This was a very quick read incorporating many things I usually like in a story. Two characters who are smart, well read and brought together by happenstance.
Our fella is a maligned journalist. He did some cutting edge investigating reporting on a corrupt political situation with the players unfortunately manipulating all of his proof to look bogus. To retreat from the backlash from the publicity and hurtful quotes from his own well placed political father, he goes to the fishing cabin. There he hopes to just gather himself, lick his mental wounds and distance himself from his father's side of the family. Finances are not an issue as he has trust funds from his mother's side should he need it. He is hoping to lay low as he only had been to this town populated with his father's side when he was a boy.
Our gal is someone overcoming loss. She has a big heart and it was nurtured by her parents when she was little and then protected by her granny when the parents were killed in an accident. Being raised by granny meant loving words and the books they encased. All of her times growing up were in Granny's bookstore in this town and now with her granny passed.... the bookstore with the feisty, unfriendly cats is all she has left of her.
With the advent of Ebooks and Internet Giants, the bookstore is not doing well. She is caught in a rock and a hard place because the Lydon family which owns most of the real estate in town wants to upgrade the street to draw more business to the area. This would mean paying an assessment to the Lydon's and in order to do that...she would have to get a mortgage on the bookstore which she can't afford. She is in a pickle.
With all of this on her mind, our fella walks into the bookstore as a means to hide from his Lydon aunt. These two meet...have a conversation while he is purchasing books to read while hiding in his cabin. He is careful about what information he gives...as he is hiding from the world. She is casually curious and surprised one of the unfriendly cats is loving him up. Goodbyes are said.
The next day he is back and he is offering to volunteer to assist her with the store's organization...which is well needed. She is hesitant even though there had been a sign for "help wanted" in the window. He also does the impossible...the most mean, nasty cat...is wooed by him and is his new best friend. She takes it as a sign.
This very quick novella uses the quirky Tshirts and love of fairytales by our gal as a way to give us insight to her hopes and dreams. There is the plot of his family being involved with the town and his feelings of distrust and hurt. With some misdirection, little angst and clearly an instant attraction between the two....a Happy Ever After comes together.
A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart, and is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.