Maggie Beaumont’s luck is about to change. Sure, she’s known for her bad romantic choices — her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend home for a visit. And then there was the crush she had on a gorgeous young Irishman — who turned out to be Father Tim, the parish’s new priest.
But romantic salvation has arrived in the form of handsome, if surly, fisherman Malone. It turns out there’s a heart of gold underneath his barnacle-clad exterior. Will this catch of the day turn into the dish of a lifetime?
It all starts with a bike ride and a blue Honda. Maggie is out riding her bike when she falls and hurts herself and needs a ride back into town. She tries flagging down a blue Honda but to no avail and is forced to accept a ride with Malone, ‘a silent, slightly scary lobsterman’, who she has known for years but never really gotten to know because of his reputation.
Next day she sees the blue Honda and finds out the owner is a yummy man who she immediately forgives and then discovers the truth about after she half falls in love with him. He is the new Catholic Priest but it doesn’t deter her as she joins every possible activity related to the local church except going to the actual services that causes her to become the silent joke among the townsfolk.
Maggie lives in a very small town where there are more men than woman and is known by all for two things: her bad romantic choices and Joe’s diner, the family business she inherited from her grandfather. Maggie’s biological clock is ticking and she wants to find a man and have babies but she has to get past her poor choices and there seems to be no one in town she fancies until the priest arrives which is her current bad choice. There is also Skip, her high school sweetheart, who didn’t tell her they were finished until he brought his fiancée home and introduced her to the whole town at a parade. What a way to find out—and Maggie is not really over it and laments about it whilst trying to figure out her current love life.
Maggie’s family consists of a younger brother Jonah who is acting weird and keeping a secret and her identical sister Christy who has everything she wants: husband and baby. No matter how the twins change themselves, they always seems to do the exact same thing as if they have sixth sense like that they know the other is about to make a change. Maggie’s parents seem to be anxious around each other and are holding a secret from their kids which causes tension as the children have their favourites and vice versa.
Maggie is obviously interested in Father Tim, and even though she knows deep in her heart that he is devoted to the church, it doesn’t stop her trying for his affections. She hardly notices Malone who is suddenly appearing in her visual range a lot more often and seems to be interested in her. It’s a lot of confusion for her and her brain has gone to mush as she tries to sort out her life. We get a wonderful story as we watch Maggie on her journey.
Now we all know that Higgins Is a respected author whose book releases are always something to be heralded since she emerged on the scene and RT reviews gave her 5 stars for a couple of her books. This is the Australian release of one of her earlier works that I must say hooked me. She knows how to write and this story is a gem. It’s a perfect tale that is full of natural humour that is not forced. If you want a story where love is found in the least expected place, then this is the book for you. You will fall in love with this small town as I did and especially the lead character Maggie as she goes on this journey of self-discovery and love over a period of few months. You will fall in love with her family and her town filled with characters that you will come to love or hate. 4 couples. It is a Higgins book that you don’t want to miss.
Side Note: For those living in Oz (Australia),Kristin Higgins will be down under in March for the Australian Romance Reader Convention. I haven’t heard yet if she doing anything else by way of book promotion while she is in OZ.
Publisher : Mills and Boon Australia
Source : Publicist Provided for Review
Released : October 2012