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Just One of Those Things: A Small Town Contemporary Romance (Harmony Springs) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 2, 2016
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere through stories. As a writer, Mindy has traveled through various genres, including hot contemporary romance. In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her to-be-read shelf.
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This time it definitely worked. Emily is a strong-willed but seemingly lost character. She's thirty and bounces from job to job, home to home, etc... She's never on time and is a little unprofessional, but she's quirky and smart in an nonthreatening way. I did not like Emily at the beginning, she grew on me, lost my trust, and eventually regained it toward the end of the book.
Matt is a retired baseball player, moving back to his hometown to open a large discount store that is threatening the small town's local business.
This is where things get interesting. Emily launches a campaign to save local stores while Matt opens his new store. Things are kind of prickly for a while and it's pretty entertaining. The two characters have great banter when they're fighting over their businesses and you can definitely sense the other types of tension in their relationship.
They also have a sort of "sordid" history. Emily used to date Matt's brother, but he was "like a puppy who always made mistakes". After Emily and Jon broke up she and Matt shared a steamy moment that neither one of them had forgotten it.
I loved the history of everything in this book. The small town, the friendships, the sorrow. Coming from a small town it really resonated with me. There is so much sadness in Matt's life but he is constantly trying to stay positive and he truly believes in what he's doing.
Of course, Emily believes in her campaign as well. I also really liked how the two of them came together despite their differences and managed to make it work for a while. There was, of course, the typical drama and there were definitely things that were said that hurt. (This is where Emily lost me, to be honest.)
The ending was done wonderfully and it didn't seemed too rush at all. I loved the resolution of everything and the fact that they got through it all together.
This was a great read, check it out if you love sweet romances.
This is the first full length novel in her Harmony Springs Series. However, it is related to her Perfect Pitch series and was introduced in the novella "Fly Me To The Moon". Rather than summarize the book let me give you a little bit of insight into Mindy as an author.
Mindy writes in several genres and her book are light, entertaining and uplifting. She creates a cast of complex characters and weaves in contemporary plots that lend a touch of realism. This series of contemporary romances will be tied together by the community of Harmony Springs. You find yourself connecting to the characters and thinking I want to visit that town. There is just enough description of the community for you to feel comfortable with it and each of the characters is well developed and likeable. You can tell that Ms. Klasky is a keen observer of the human condition and the characters she creates reflect that.
There is a little sex in the plot and the occasional expletive but it fits the plot and is not the main focus of the book, but advance the plot and build the characters. Quite frankly these could be produced for prime time TV with no editing and be the cleanest show at any of the time periods. I make the comment as I know some people are very sensitive to such. While I think you would be missing out on an enjoyable series if that is a deal breaker for you then you should probably pass on the series.
If however you are looking for a smartly written contemporary romance that is entertaining and uplifting and delivers a well thought out plot. Then this series should be ideal for you. Remember, "Fly Me To The Moon" is the novella that introduced Harmony Springs. Each of these stand alone though and can be read in any order. There is some congruence of characters between the books and you can expect to see them return in future book.
I found Mindy's books a couple of years ago after retiring and finding myself with time to read. Admittedly I am probably not her normal demographic (older and male) but I grew up reading fantasy/science fiction and was hooked on her writing after I started off with some of her paranormal fantasies. I then worked my way through her other books as I enjoyed her writing style and sensibilities. I have become rather author centric in my reading if I like their writing I will read pretty much everything in their catalog. When you connect with an author and understand the sensibilities that are brought to the table their books tend to come alive for you. A life long reader I would rather sit with a book than watch TV or a Movie. If you enjoy contemporary romance her Perfect Pitch series is a group of novellas that follow a fictional baseball team. Her Jane Madison books are a series of enjoyable paranormal fantasy/romance novels. She also has a number of standalone novels in varying genres.
I was provided an ARC of this novel for an honest review.