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Somebody Like You: A Darling, VT Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2017
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From the Back Cover
A kiss to last a lifetime
Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden's image on the famed bridge―local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love―as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to recreate the moment with the woman he once kissed: Laurel Stone.
Recently divorced, there's nothing Laurel wants less than to pretend happily-ever-after with Aiden. As teenagers, their romance was no fairy tale―and Laurel has never quite forgiven Aiden for breaking her heart. But now that she is back in her hometown, and keeps bumping into police officer Aiden, Laurel can't deny that there's still a strong flicker between her and her old flame. Could it be that the Kissing Bridge is working its magic on Laurel and Aiden―and that all true love ever needed was a second chance?
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When they meet again after all these years, she agrees to forgive him when he apologizes. Not so bad. Several years have gone by. She's matured and moved on. Its entirely possible she's past the hurt now.
Then Dan calls her. Keep in mind she's still reeling from his betrayal and she LOVED him. Dan tells her he and his new partner, Ryan, are getting married - in Darlington - where Laurel grew up and is now living and he wants her to do the landscape around where they are marrying in the park. Spruce it up with some plants and flowers!!!!! NO WAY IN H#+$! Remember, the author has told you numerous times that she loved Dan, how much he'd hurt her.
She agrees! Like it's no big deal. As casually - and without one harsh word - as if she'd agreed to meet a friend for a Coke! If I'd had an actual book in my hands I would have thrown it across the room!
I was done at this point and so disappointed I'm not sure I can ever read anything by this author again. I feel as though I'm the one who's been betrayed. This was totally unbelievable and out of character for the way the heroine was originally portrayed. And it almost feels like the author had a hidden agenda - to get her politically correct viewpoint regarding gay marriage across in the process. It just didn't feel right to me and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. If the author hadn't pounded home how Laurel originally felt about Dan's actions I might have been able to get by it. If she'd said Laurel had realizes she wasn't completely invested in their marriage either or if more time had passed and she had gotten past the hurt then okay. But as it was written, no. A terrible disappointment.
FINAL DECISION: A book with a wonderful sense of heart, I absolutely loved this one. Wholesome and sweet with just enough humor and angst to keep the story exciting, my first Donna Alward novel made me immediately preorder the rest of the series so that I can find out the fates of the other characters.
THE STORY: Laurel Stone has returned to her hometown after a failed marriage which necessitated a change in careers. Laurel now owns the Ladybug Garden Center which is reconnecting her with the outdoors that she loved growing up. Laurel's return to Darling also ends up reconnecting her to Aiden Gallagher who broke her heart when they were a teenagers. Aiden is now a police officer in town. Aiden and Laurel have a long history together and, in fact, they are legends because they are depicted in the most famous picture in town. As small children, Aiden and Laurel innocently kissed on the Kissing Bridge where legend holds that those who kiss there will be together forever. Now the town wants to update the photo using Aiden and Laurel again, but Laurel is in no mood to cooperate.
OPINION: A lovely, heart warming small town romance, SOMEBODY LIKE YOU was a book that I read only because it was offered to me to review. I accepted the chance to review the book intrigued by the Kissing Bridge and the idea that two people who were photographed on it as children get a chance at romance as adults. Sometimes I just have to take a wild chance and see what happens.
I'm happy to report that this was a wonderful book. Funny, sweet, and heartwarming. Once I began reading it, I couldn't put it down. The story satisfied something in me that likes the gentle and real relationships. (I love angsty dramas but this book isn't that type of book. Instead, this book feels like sweet and cold ice cream on a summer's day -- recognizable and incredibly satisfying).
Laurel is a woman recovering from the end of a marriage that made her question all her assumptions about her own future and happy endings. She is generous and willing to help others even to her own detriment. She is unwilling to purposely hurt others and that had led her to be taken advantage of by some...but it also opens her up to being wonderful in helping those who genuinely need assistance. I loved that she is a normal woman who is struggling to determine what she wants from life. She works hard, is charitable and has to work through her mixed emotions for not only Aiden but her ex-husband.
Aiden is so much a normal guy that I never expected him to become one of my favorite romantic heroes. Like so many of us, he made mistakes as a teenager. In his case, it resulted in him hurting Laurel which is something he never intended to do. He is considered the goofball of his family, but like so many clowns, his humor hides a sensitive soul. Aiden is a man who wants to make a difference out of the genuine goodwill in his heart. Caring for a homeless man, solving small town disputes and crimes, and being an important part of his family is a normal day for Aiden. Laurel and her pain and love brings out Aiden's desire to care for her.
I loved the romance between Aiden and Laurel. Two people who have known one another all their lives, their interactions have been a series of getting to know one another and then moving apart. Their romance seemed to have possibilities as teenagers, but immaturity sent them spinning out into the world with other relationships. Meeting again as adults, the two know one anther but don't truly know the inner self of the other. But this time, Aiden and Laurel begin to discover the true self under all the superficial. Aiden sees the generous and hurt woman under Laurel calm facade and Laurel discovers the deep and caring man under Aiden's humorous surface.
I'm all for large romantic gestures, and Aiden's final one made me sigh and smile and read again. When I began the book, I had expectations and I liked how the book played with those expectations, turned them around and then surpassed what I expected from the final scenes. Bravo!
The town of Darling manages to feel both incredibly normal and real and also quaint and a typical small town. The characters are quirky and bring a tremendous amount of humor to the book. I just knew when I finished this book that I had to read the next books in the series. And so I shall...see my reviews soon.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book doesn't contain explicit "on screen" sex and is perfect for those who might want a less graphic and yet entirely satisfying romance.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SOMEBODY LIKE YOU is the first book in the Darling, VT series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
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