“Like magic, sorcery, and kismet all rolled into one.”
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Length (Est.): 220 Pages
Ireland has always been home for the five O’Neill brothers, but several tragedies, including the recent death of their mother, have them feeling lost. After making an unexpected discovery, eldest son and former rugby player Quinn O’Neill heads to Forestville, California, in the enchanted river valley where his mother grew up. There, he hopes to learn more about his family and explore the possibility of settling someplace new.
Traveling the world before opening her own bakery is Lillian Parker’s dream, and she’s one step closer to achieving it after winning an internship with a world-famous pastry chef in Miami. Unfortunately, Lillian’s mother is pressuring her to stay in Forestville and help run the family B&B. Then a handsome Irishman blows through the door with charm and sex appeal to spare, and suddenly Lillian’s not sure what she wants.
Sparks instantly fly, and Lillian finds herself agreeing to show Quinn around the area. Soon their building feelings have them wishing for more time together. But Quinn’s just beginning to explore the magic of Green Valley wine country, and Lillian needs to stretch her wings. Even worse, exposed secrets pit Lillian’s family against Quinn’s, creating thorns in their blooming love.
Can passion survive conflicting family loyalties? And can love bond Quinn and Lillian together forever when dreams of adventure versus home and hearth threaten to keep them apart?
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Lillian wants to escape her beautiful small town, take an internship she won with a famous chef, and eventually open her own bakery. That want gets a little blurry when she meets Quinn and life begins to drift into the gray area of uncertainty.
Quinn only realized after his mother’s passing that he knew very little about her and after reading her journal discovered he needed to know where she came from. He knew he wouldn’t be greeted with kindness, but he never would have expected to fall for the muffin baker at the bed and breakfast.
Life has a funny way of bringing people to together when they need it most, even when those people don’t realize it. That’s the case of Lillian and Quinn. He didn’t even realize he was wandering until suddenly he had an opportunity to make a home somewhere and she had forgotten how beautiful her home was until she saw it through the eyes of a stranger.
The story seemed very slow paced for me and when something interesting would happen it sort of grazed over it and then back making it difficult to fully enjoy. The characters were detailed, but I didn’t feel very connected to them. Overall, the story line is something of a Hallmark movie so if you enjoy reading that sort of thing then this is the book for you.
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