Careful what you wish for...
Sometimes trust is the toughest lesson to learn.
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out to sea.
Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.
Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.
"Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!" —Laura Drake, author of The Sweet Spot
I thought this was a great read and a welcome change from all the typical mainstream romances hitting the bestsellers lists with 20-something protags. Sophie, the main character, is a divorced, single mom living in the small town she grew up in. She's having trouble adjusting to her life and being a divorce, when a man (or boy) from her past comes back to town and changes things.
I think one of the reasons I liked this book is that it really touched on life in a very real way, and although I am not yet in my 40's, I'm inching my way there and I really connected with Sophie and felt I could relate. Like a lot of people, she once had dreams of what her life would be like, and her current life looks nothing like what she had once envisioned for herself. Duncan, the leading man, has his own set of relate-able (I'm sure) problems as well.
The book had that small town vibe that's always awesome and there were a lot of minor character that I liked, which makes me wonder if this is going to be one in a series. I also loved that this book wasn't loaded down with sex. Instead, it allowed you to truly feel the emotional connection between the characters and what they were going through. I highly recommend this book for people who want romance, but with a deeper connection. It's a great change of pace from a lot of the mainstream romances hitting the bestseller lists with superficial connections, with little more than the physical to bind them.
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Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best first Book. Her next release, SHARE THE MOON-Book one in the Blue Moon Lake Novel Series-is published by Kensington Books/Lyrical Press.
She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit http://www.sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More atwww.sharonstruth.wordpress.com.
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