Twenty-two years ago, she ran out on the love of her life—and took a secret with her.
When Randi Jean Ferguson fell for Courtland Robinson while studying abroad in London, she was ready for a life of tea and crumpets. But when she discovered Court was being forced into a shotgun wedding, there was no way she could stay—or tell him she was also pregnant with his child. Now widowed, Randi is just starting to consider finding Court—when he shows up at her door. With his son. Randi’s not ready to reveal everything to Court, but if she doesn’t will both their children end up scarred?
The best thing to come out of Court’s unhappy marriage was his son. But he’s spent the last twenty-two years thinking about Randi, his California girl, his first—and only—love. Now a widower, he takes a chance he’s only fantasized about and seeks her out. At last he’ll solve his heart’s greatest mystery—but that won’t be the only surprise in store for him.
Source: ARC from Lyrical Press (Kensington Books) via NetGalley
This second chance romance is exactly what the blurb says. Twenty-two years ago Randi and Court fell in love, family drama pulled them apart, Randi went home without telling Court about the baby – twenty-two years on their children accidentally reunite them all. It’s all pretty straightforward, without any real shocks or surprises. It’s an easy enough read and I mostly enjoyed it.
However, wow, does that Thanksgiving meal ever drag on. Randi cycles through so many emotions, over and over, that things got a little repetitive and a touch boring. I just wanted them to hurry up and tell the kids before Drew and Birdie got any closer. Then, despite all her emotional turmoil, Randi just lets Court back into her bed. Considering how slow the chapters dragged on, that side of things was definitely rushed.
I could also have done without the cliché trip to New York, full of jealousy and overwork. The whole romantic aspect of the book fell flat for me, especially around this point. Court is so over-the-top English is almost hurt to read at times, while Randi is at times funny and easy going, while at others defensive and jumping to all the wrong conclusions.
Thank goodness for the kids. I loved Drew. He’s so laidback, taking everything in his stride, accepting Court’s lost love and the truth about his parents’ marriage. He’s great. I also really enjoyed Birdie’s side of the story. I don’t always think she behaved well, mind, but her whole world has just been upended so I liked that the story gave her time to work through her troubles. I especially liked it when she spent time with Court. In fact I found the Court/Birdie storyline much more interesting than Court/Randi.
In all this is an easy read. It drags a little bit in places and Randi’s emotional seesaws and roundabouts did get a little tiresome, but overall it’s enjoyable. No character is perfect (except possibly Drew), nothing is swept under convenient rugs, everything is given time to be processed and the character interactions are fun to read. If you like second chance romances and find the blurb interesting, then you’ll probably like it.
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