Felix drools. Not all the time, but when he is happy. It’s kind of gross, but kind of cute, too. What makes me laugh is the way he stops eating once he has drooled all over his food. (Well, I guess I can see that.)
This crazy, scrappy, neighborhood cat never ceases to amuse me. He has adopted me as his “mom” and comes to visit at least twice a day, loudly demanding attention and, of course, food. Due to his eating habits, I have found myself feeding not only him but also Casper, another neighborhood cat, a possum and a few raccoons. Oops!
by Shanna Hatfield
Series: Holiday Brides #2
Publication Date July 12, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Two octogenarians won’t stop until they make a match. . .
Sage Presley loves her job as the receptionist at Golden Skies Retirement Village in Holiday, Oregon. She enjoys the residents and their wisdom, even if some of them are more than a little quirky. Determined to ignore the matchmaking efforts of two women at the retirement home, Sage’s sole focus is on raising her brother, Shane. In spite of her best efforts, she can’t help but notice the hunky electrician who continually comes to her rescue.
Grateful for the opportunity to open his own electrical business, Justin James moves to Holiday full of plans and dreams. He’s quickly drawn in by the close-knit community, but finds the lack of suitable single women disturbing. Despite himself, his attention is captured by the receptionist at the retirement home where he’s working on a big job. Yet, he can’t begin to understand why two matchmaking octogenarians are intent on forcing him together with the woman he’s convinced is married.
A sweet romance novella sprinkled with humor, hope, and the meaning of real love, Summer Bride will warm the hearts of readers while bringing them a smile.
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When Justin bought his business and house, he inherited an eccentric cat, Crosby (if cats can be eccentric, that is). I loved reading about Crosby and his idiosyncrasies. He reminds me quite a bit of Felix, the cat who visits us, with the exception that Crosby is scared of mice. The fact that Justin happily accepted him and took over his care was just one of the examples of what a great guy Justin is.
So, Justin. He’s smart, handsome, compassionate, and patient. What’s not to like? His longing for love was so sweet, and I loved that his list of what he was looking for in a woman had nothing to do with appearance. The opening of the book with him wondering, “What’s a guy gotta do to get a girl in this town?” led to some fun ribbing from the construction workers he was with and some pretty funny suggestions. Fortunately for Justin, he didn’t have to resort to any of their ideas with Tilly and Ruth around.
If you read Valentine Bride by Shanna Hatfield, you met Ruth and Tilly. They are the scheming elderly women living at the retirement home where Sage works and they love to play matchmakers. And they are a fun pair. I am hoping that Ruth will get her own story at some point in time. . .
Sage is my heroine. Despite an almost tragic childhood, she was a woman of honor. She sacrificed her own wants and needs to care for her younger brother, Shane. She was convinced that no man could ever want both of them and resolved to remain single until Shane was on his own. The essay Shane wrote reflected her personality so well and was incredibly sweet and sensitive for a pre-teen boy!
I read a lot of stories by Shanna Hatfield. In fact, each time I see she has a new one coming out, I am so glad. As with her other books, this story is a combination of witty, tender, romantic, and swoony.
Preview of Summer Bride
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