Title: A Fairytale Bride
Series: Chapel of Love, Book 0.5
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever Yours
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
A CHAPEL OF LOVE SHORT STORY
After a very public career disaster, journalist Jeff Talbert-Lyndon wants to escape from the world. Picturesque Shenadoah Falls, Virginia, seems like the perfect place to relax and regroup before heading back to real life. But when he discovers the charming bookstore Secondhand Prose - and its lovely, slightly overwhelmed owner- he finds a part-time job and a very tempting reason to stay...
Melissa Portman is fighting a losing battle when it comes to saving her grandmother's store - and selling the historic building may be her only option. Yet when a handsome stranger wanders in one day, she wonders if her very own fairytale is just beginning...
Jeff's hiding. Melissa's struggling. Actually, they're both struggling, now that I think about it, just differently.
Jeff's downfall cost him his job, the life he'd known, and left him feeling lost. He has no idea who he is now that his career's over. Melissa's loss has left her floundering in dimly lit waters and the only rescue boat in sight is one she doesn't want to board. She's hoping for another way out but it's looking more and more like there isn't one.
When these two meet in the bookstore, the attraction isn't instant. Jeff's caginess about who he is, where he's staying, where he's from, puts this gigantic "DO NOT APPROACH" sign over his head that would make others think twice about getting up close and personal. Not Melissa. *smile* She asked, made small talk, made comments. She observed and listened. Nothing about Jeff went unnoticed.
Given that Jeff is part of the family looking to buy Melissa's inheritance, I wondered how she'd react when she found that out. Ms. Ramsay handled that revelation with flare and lots of emotion. The conflict and resolution that came about was eye-opening, and I breathed a sigh of relief when everything worked out.
This is a quick read, just 1219 locations on my Kindle, but it was a good read. The characters are interesting, primary and secondary. The situations both Jeff and Melissa are in are relatable. Their romance wasn't off the charts, fireworks exploding for me but it was beautiful nonetheless. A great opener for this series I hope others will enjoy like I did.
Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances. Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.