Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Winner Beth Andrews' big dream came true when she sold her first book to Harlequin Superromance. Beth and her two teenage daughters outnumber...oops...live with her husband in Northwestern Pennsylvania. When not writing, Beth can be found texting her son at college, video-chatting with her son at college or, her son's favorite, sending him money. Learn more about Beth and her books by visiting her website, www.BethAndrews.net.
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Matt Sheppard has spent as little time as possible in the small town of Jewell, Virginia since graduating High School ten years ago. He's returned home to attend his brother's wedding, and is just itching to get back to his job in Australia. But before Matt can make his escape, his mother makes a last ditch effort to fulfill her late husband's dream of having all three of their sons run the family business, a successful vineyard. Matt grudgingly gives in to his mother's "blackmail", and prepares himself for what is bound to be the longest year of his life.
Connie Henkel has worked for the Sheppard family since she was a teen-ager, and supports her two young daughters by working as a manager at the vineyard. She resents Matt's entitlement to the family business and his condescending attitude about small town life, but at the same time she can't deny she's attracted to the handsome younger man. Is it too much of a risk to fall for someone who has no intention of settling down?
I really didn't love this story, but most of my reasons are entirely subjective. The writing itself is fine, with (mostly) good character development and realistic dialog. My main issue is that I couldn't detect any real chemistry between Matt and Connie. From the author's description I pictured Connie as a rather unfeminine, frazzled single mom with a huge chip on her shoulder regarding Matt's position at the vineyard. Frankly, I didn't believe that the very good-looking and far more sophisticated Matt would be all that interested in Connie and really, the two had very little in common.Read more ›