“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a ramshackle house must be in want of a handyman.”
Just because English professor Grace Williams is a woman whose “new” house is crumbling around her doesn’t mean she needs an arrogant, condescending man’s help, even if he does look gorgeous in faded jeans and a tool belt. What she needs is a working bathroom, not a ridiculous crush.
Jake Burdette has no use for the university types who stumble around Willow Springs, with their noses in the air whenever they’re not in a book. He may not be a scholar, but he’s proud of the hard, honest work he does—even if he would appreciate a little more of it. He doesn’t need Grace’s pity, even if he does wish she wasn’t so adorably sexy.
They’re all wrong for each other. But Grace’s troublesome house seems to feel differently…” ~Goodreads
*RELEASES APRIL 3rd, 2014*
Finding new authors is a thrill. Finding new authors whose writing and craft impresses and becomes a new “go to” for other books is like finding a twenty in your jean pocket.
I’m a hopeless romantic and finding stories that don’t make me cringe or sick from all the sweetness is a challenge. It didn’t hurt that the blurb of this latest book from Sarah Title had some Pride & Prejudice references.
The protagonist Grace is an English professor whose specialty is Jane Austen. But she prefers to focus on Austen’s contribution to women’s literature and social irony rather than the romance aspect. She also refuses to get caught up in the romance of those period pieces and will not swoon after Mr. Darcy. Try keeping up that charade, right?
Jake Burdette is the surly, town handyman and owes his sister (who sold Grace the house) a bunch of favors. Slowly Jake and Grace let their guard down, begin to trust one another as friends and put all of the “uptight professor”/”local townie” prejudices aside.
A nice addition was the touch of magical realism from the home’s point of view that Grace bought. The run down Victorian Grace was restoring had a history of bringing people together and the scene for many happy memories. Grace was becoming a challenging tenant solely focusing on her work and home repair, so maybe the house had to step in a bit and put things into perspective.
This is such a lovely, contemporary story that has all the elements for an enjoyable romance/beach read. Chemistry between MCs, fun and snarky banter, steamy love scenes, small town with quirky side characters and a touch of drama to keep it real but not emotionally exhausting. After reading Home Sweet Home I went and ordered her first novel Kentucky Home (Southern Comfort #1) to load up my ereader for my Spring Break beach getaway. (And no this is not a series).
*Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advance readers copy. I was not compensated or required to review this book.
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