Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Belleporte Summer

Belleporte SummerLaura Abbot
Contemporary Romance

"There were definite advantages to being an eccentric old woman - no one to tell her it wasn't polite to snoop, no one to admonish her to mind her own business."

Ben Nolan is overwhelmed by family since his father's death, not to mention starting his own practice.  He barely has time for everything now - he has no time for a romantic relationship right now.  But then why can't he stop thinking about Laurel Eden?  Laurel knows that Belleporte is the place the first time she sees it.  Looking for a fresh start, she plans to open a gift shop and the small Michigan town seems perfect.  Of course, Ben is a big attraction too.  But as secrets come out and relationships get strained, they will find out what family really means and when love is worth everything else.

My Opinion: This was a great story, though it took a little time to really get going.  Though a bit predictable, it was still very enjoyable to see how everything played out.  Laurel was a mixed character, sometimes fun-loving, sometimes very driven.  I didn't like that her past marriage seemed to affect her so little - personally it seemed a little out of place at all.  Ben was a great character that showed real growth and was fun to watch.  The side characters were good and I could definitely see one or two sequels written as spin-offs with other characters (though I can't figure out if they were ever written).  Fun read.

I received a copy of this book for review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and opinion are 100% my own.


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