Title: Charmingly Yours
Author: Liz Talley
Series: Morning Glory #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: May 24th
For Rosemary Reynolds, life in tiny Morning Glory, Mississippi, is just like the fabric store she runs: it seems she’s always waiting around for someone else to make the first stitch. Then a dear childhood friend passes away, leaving behind a gift that sends Rosemary on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Despite her mother’s protests, Rosemary heads to New York City for a stay in her cousin’s trendy Soho loft. On her first day in town, a wrong turn leads her to Little Italy…and into the arms of handsome, outgoing Sal Genovese. Sal’s mother wants him to marry a longtime family friend, but to him, Rosemary is a breath of fresh country air, and he’s happy to show her a good time. Soon, Rosemary is swept up in a world she thought only existed in movies. To turn a two-week fling into a forever thing, she and Sal will have to make every moment count.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
This book is high on feel-good loveliness as Rosemary heads up to New York in search of a new her. She’s a woman who has become stuck in a rut, overprotected by her family, coasting along in a happy enough life, but without taking risks or really living. Until her oldest friend dies and her focus shifts. It’s time to stop being who her family want her to be and start living her own life – which is why she agrees to cat-sit for her cousin in New York for two weeks.
Where she meets Sal, a man who is also stuck in a rut, slowly coasting towards the life his family want him to live, but which he’s not so sure about. Rosemary is everything he shouldn’t want, and yet the two of them together are wonderful. They’re both good people, nice characters and too busy trying to sort their lives out to look for love. Except they’re perfect together.
That’s the thing about this book, it’s pure enjoyment from start to finish. The characters are largely nice people, and even those who aren’t have good reasons for the way they are. The families are close-knit, they all have people who care about them, and even the mean decisions have reasons behind them. It’s easy and fun to read, with plenty of humour and so much warmth.
If you need a comforting read that will make you smile and generally leave you feeling good, then give this a try. There’s a bit of heat, plenty of character growth and and ending that will make you smile. I thought it was lovely and I look forward to reading the next one.
Charmingly Yours is out May 24th!
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