This is a story of friendship. Of mistrust. Of coming together to celebrate friendship and work out differences.
Phoebe Stockton is the chef at the all female senior living home, her friend June is the manager, and they love their residents and cherish the friendships that they have with the ladies. But the owner, Max, drops a bombshell on them all; he is bringing his father Terence to the home. Technically speaking Terence owns the house, but his rude behaviour and appaling manner send Phoebe, June, and the female residents into a spin.
Then there’s Nick. Nick is “one of the girls” but when Terence comes to live with them he tries to smooth things over, which gets Phoebe’s back up. In her mind Nick can do no wrong, shes had a crush on him ever since he came to work at the home. He’s gorgeous, he’s charming, he’s funny, and he’s a hit with the ladies in the home.
Max then delivers another blow, he’s bringing his daughter into the fold. Tamsyn is brought in to replace one of the helpers who left suddenly after Terence pinched her bottom! Tamsyn is not at all interested in doing any work, instead she hangs around Nick, cosying up to him and getting on Phoebe’s nerves.
At the very beginning of the story we are introduced to Phoebe as she attends her mother’s funeral. Despite the sadness of the occasion the storyline is heart-warming and inviting.
This is a wonderfully uplifting story that immediately draws the reader in. Phoebe is a lovely character and very witty too. I felt for Nick because I had guessed what was really going on with him, but obvioulsy the reader doesn’t find this out until much later in the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters, apart from Tamsyn, she irritated me but I expect that was the author’s intention. I would definnitely recommend this book.
Magee Sinclair works for the family advertising agency and is set to take over the helm once her father retires. Recently though, she just cannot get anything right. Desperate to prove she is not a screw up she is relieved when she lands a contract, a contract she believes will save her career. There is only one problem though, when she met with Justin Kane, the owner of a bike shop. Justin hopes to expand his bike shop and Magee promised him she was the right person for the job. But she had to tell a lie to get him to agree to use her family’s advertising agency.
What could possibly go wrong?
When Justin’s girlfriend dumps him just before the client he is trying to woo flies into the country, he finds himself turning to Magee to help him out of a bind. After all, she has as much to lose as he does if the client does not invest in his company. Justin needs a temporary girlfriend, a woman who told him she loved mountain biking as much as he did.
When Justin approaches Magee asking her to be his stand in girlfriend, outlining what the weekend will entail, she cannot believe that her small, white lie has come back to haunt her in such a way. But, believing she can pull the whole pretend girlfriend gig off without anyone being any the wiser, she agrees.
This is a very fast paced read, but really enjoyable all the same. It is not difficult keeping up with the plot. You know its going to go wrong eventually.
Magee is a very likable character and you find yourself willing everything to work out for her and Justin, especially when Tina, Justin’s ex, turns up causing a scene and threatening to expose the lie.
An excellent read.
5 stars *****
New York heiress Lizzie Hathaway is not quite the media babe you might expect her to be, she is anything but. This does not bother her though, she thinks she is the luckiest woman alive as she has found her dream man in Conroy Beale, a man she believes is every bit as rich as she is. Conroy makes her feel good about herself, she isn’t exactly the typical heiress type and is lacking in confidence when it comes to her appearance and personal life. That Conroy chose her has her walking on cloud nine, and when he proposes to her she feels like the luckiest woman alive.
But then her whole world comes crashing down around her in spectacular style. Her father is arrested for fraud after he has embezzled all of Lizzie’s inheritance and then she finds out that Conroy is not the man he claims to be. Lizzie is devastated, firstly she has to endure the very public scandal surrounding her father and then she discovers that Conroy is not the rich tycoon he told her he was, instead he is a mechanic with no money. Believing that Conroy does not really love her, and that all he was truly after was her money, Lizzie spirals out of control.
But Conroy truly does love her and now he must prove that he is not just out for what he get out of her. In order to this he kidnaps Lizzie and then allows himself to be dragged back to the Bayou where he hails from. Lizzie believes she has conned Conroy into marrying her – exclusively filmed by her scheming cousin who works for a TV company. What she does not bank on are her growing feelings for the man she believes has duped her.
Loved this book!
From the moment I began reading this book I was totally hooked. I loved the characters, the plot and the ending was fantastic. I loved the concept, loved how the guy was poor for a change. I loved how everything went belly up and the woman acted bad and the guy was the one trying to put everything right.
I would definitely recommend this book.
5 stars *****