She should have known that it wasn’t going to be a piece of cake when he was three and a half hours late picking her up at the station. If she’d had some place else to go, she probably wouldn’t be waiting. However, the town was four miles away, it was raining and she was wearing her good clothes. She waited…
Ms. Cunningham picks characters that are mismatched. They’re not from the same part of the world, they don’t have the same likes, and while they are both looking for companionship, they have some edges to take off. I like her feisty female character who takes no guff from anyone. She might have been a schoolteacher but she’s no shy lily. She’s more of a forget-me-not.
The author sends her to a house filled with men. There’s Cole, the good looking hunk who is looking for a wife to cook and clean; an uncle, an older brother and a younger nephew. Another thing she has to deal with is a monster dog that goes on the rounds with Cole. You get an inkling of trouble to come when she has arrived with a cat.
One of my favorite parts is when he tells her there are no animals allowed in the house; her cat will have to go in the barn. She informs him he can either take her to the hotel to catch the bus back or she’ll be sleeping in the barn with the cat. Such a sweet beginning, wouldn’t you say?
Her potential husband is quick to make decisions. The problem is that he doesn’t always think them out, he just reacts. This will come back to bite him in the butt further on in the story.
Ms. Cunningham writes a sweet romance story where the two cantankerous characters both agree to smooth out the rough spots and try together again. Cole is real inventive on how to apologize to Cherry for his previous actions. That’s another of my favorite parts of the story.
Why not give this one a read and pick out your own favorite spots? I found a lot to like about this short tale. I think you will, too.
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