- File Size: 122 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: White Rose Publishing (July 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005DL8SCS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Lara is refreshingly engaging and bright - full of a spirit that can't help but awaken Wyatt's affections. Plus, she has a mission for him: Keep her restaurant - which is a community institution - viable and fresh.
Husband Material is a story of second chances and letting go. Sooner or later, we all must face the truth that the past has passed - and that releasing it doesn't mean you forget it, or treasure it any the less - it simply means you're embracing God's plans and loving embrace anew.
Lara and Wyatt's tale is charming, full of warmth and a tender realism that has already prompted me to purchase Ms. Irby's White Rose Publishing debut, Love Letters. I can't wait to read it!
Five stars - and bravo, Ms. Irby!
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Lara Farr inherits her grandparents' restaurant. Business is okay but could be better. However, when Wyatt Hansen stops at his usual table at The Blue Hyacinth on Valentine's Day, Lara finds herself attracted to the lonely widower. On learning that Wyatt's business is turning failing businesses into successful ones, she knows he's the man to help her. But can she agree to his terms when her rule is to not mix business with pleasure?
Lara first spots Wyatt in the supermarket looking sort of stunned at the big Valentine's display. At once she sees his pain and asks if he needs help. Then later, when he reserves her best table at the restaurant, she forces herself to be nice, even though she's puzzled that a grieving man would occupy the choice location when she has a line of patrons waiting for seats. At her break she visits the table and is astonished to feel an attraction to the handsome widower. She learns his line of work involves bringing businesses back from the brink of destruction and she asks if he'd be interested in helping hers.
While it's often difficult to flesh out characters in a short story, author Irby has done a remarkable job of creating two hurting, but likable people who might be ready to take the next step forward. The faith aspect of the story fits well into who each character is; in fact it endears both of them to this reader. Though the plot is light, it comprises all the hopes and fears of a much longer book and made this reviewer wish it had gone on for many more pages.
Ms. Irby captured my attention with a strong story and believable characters. I felt Wyatt's pain and his struggle to move forward with his life. I sympathized with Lara's wariness after a long relationship with a man who couldn't commit. Ms. Irby has created a winner.
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Wyatt Hansen believes it's time for him to move on with his life, but wanting to honor his wife's memory, he visits their favorite restaurant on Valentine's Day. He's intrigued by the owner and invites her to sit with him. Two people casually brought together begin to share pieces of their lives. But, when Wyatt offers to help Lara's business by using his marketing skills, she's determined to keep it just that--business.
In only thirty-one pages, Annette M. Irby skillfully gives readers a contemporary romance with depth. She puts us in the heart and thoughts of two people who want to love and be loved, but have walls surrounding their emotions. Wyatt tries to give without expecting anything in return, while Lara struggles with trust and letting a man into her life.
Husband Material is about two people finding each other. But, it's also a story that reminds us that God oversees the big picture, and he can use everyday situations to bring wonderful opportunities, people, and changes into our lives. We just have to be willing to walk through the doors he opens.
If you're looking for a quick read and you enjoy contemporary Christian romance, I highly recommend Husband Material.