Genre: Contemporary Romance
First book I’ve read from Linda, in fact looking around web it may be a First Book for her – in which case what a great start to a writing career.
Its a fun read, not earth shatteringly dramatic but one that flows easily, full of little side plots and action and a mix of humour with some sadness. The characters and settings felt very real to me and I’d love to read more of the Main Street characters. They’re a good mix, its the sort of street I can envision where the shops are individually owned, not huge chain conglomerates, and the owners work in the stores, and help each other.
I loved Kate and Jackson, loved the way their story developed, and that Linda has shown even outwardly confident, good looking serial daters like Jackson get nervous when they meet someone that really matters. Kate, I loved the way her friends tried to get her and Zach together, Loved all the date planning and debriefing afterwards. That’s what real friends do. Her dad and his wife – wow, they made a great addition and let us see her in yet another light, not shop owner, friend, or potential date but as a daughter to a selfish man who she kept hoping would want her for herself not for what she can do for him. Sometimes though that’s not to be.
Althea who worked for her, then replacement Zach(? I think that was his name) and of course Jane Austen were great additions, and I loved the Art Week that the shop owners did. Its tough for small shops and when they get together to do things like this it can really draw people in. They got a real show at Kate’s bookstore though! Made me snigger a lot… I loved the romance development between her and Jackson, the way the dates were planned and it felt like we were there with them. That’s important to me, I need to feel things could happen, and that I’m there with them in some way.
The only issue I had was the end, its perfect but it wrapped up very quickly. I’d have liked that to be spread out more, so its wasn’t – sad bit – happy bit – end. It just felt a bit abrupt. Still, that’s small beans though and this was a fun, easy read, and I’m looking forward to Gen’s story next. .
Stars: Four, a fun read, and a great start.
A Kindle Unlimited read.