I first fell in love with Grace Burrowes Regency Romance. Now, I find her contemporary romance also sparkles and sizzles with complex characters, subtle humor, and multilayered storytelling. Her unique way of weaving words together to enthrall is amazing .She reaches in and touches the reader’s heart in a compelling way that makes one feel as if the characters are real. These characters grip the reader’s emotions and take that reader on a vicarious journey to be remembered.
Sidonie Lindstrom moves her grief and her foster son to Damon Count Maryland—to country living that she knows nothing about. She’s petite, pretty, and sassy with amazing courage. But she carries a load of guilt deep inside is crushing.
Luis, her teenage son of mixed ethnic heritage, loves his foster mom, but he keeps himself at a certain distance, for he too has more than his share of guilt.
Mackenzie Knightley, the farrier who comes to Sidonie’s aid when she discovers two huge horses on her newly bought property, makes his living as a criminal lawyer. His back story enthralls. He is big and arrestingly handsome with a ”peat smoke” voice. His compassion and his caring ways with people and horses belie his courtroom persona. With people and horses he takes time to do little things—to pet, to feed—to talk to and gently lecture in his own special way. He too, like Sidonie and Luis, has guilt issues plus deep secrets that set him apart.
The secondary characters, like Mackenzie’s brothers and their loved ones, play big roles in the unfolding of the plot. They add depth and believable to the story.
The humor, work ethic, compassion, and can-do problem solving attitude keep Kiss Me Hello throbbing with activity and solid with quiet determination while love wiggles its way amongst it all to weaves its magic spell.
However, there is an undercurrent of anxiety that keeps the reader just a little uneasy early on in the story and builds as an antagonist, that I really, really came to dislike, uses position and power to try to wreak havoc on lives.
How Grace Burrowes gets matters resolved is different, daring, and delightful. Kiss Me Hello is wonderful reading!
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