Serafina Noland has a good life, a son she adores, a supportive family, and a successful career. The one thing she doesn’t have is a significant other, a partner to help her raise her son, Petey, someone to love her through thick and thin. Loneliness is often her companion, but she’s resigned herself to that and learned to be thankful for the life she and Petey have carved out in their little corner of the Appalachian foothills.
While on vacation, she walks onto a Carolina beach and meets sinfully sexy businessman Levi Ewart. He’s thoughtful and kind and one of the most handsome men she’s ever met. The problem is he’s also entirely too young for her, and so far above her in every way possible, her head spins. What can a man like that possibly see in little ol’ her? How can she ever trust him not to walk out on her, the way Petey’s father did nearly nine years before?
Sera’s age is never a problem for Levi. His own mother is centuries older than his father, and he’s witnessed dozens of couples in similar situations find their happily ever afters. He opens his heart to the reserved Sera and falls hard and fast for her and her son, but his secrets aren’t the only things standing in the way of true love. Sera’s past is a giant blight on their relationship, eating away at the core of their happiness, and Levi’s love may not be enough to overcome her doubts. Getting her to say yes to the future he wants to build with her may be the hardest task he’s ever undertaken, and the riskiest venture of his life. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion courtesy of the author Lucy Varna.
As you all know well I’m obsessed with the “Daughters of the People” and this book is a spinoff of the series. Despite that, I will claim unbiased opinion here because this book can easily stand on its own without reading the series that inspired it. (Thought you may get some spoilers!) One of the things I loved is that, like all of Varna’s books, the characters are not dainty or too idealistic. They’re gritty and face real-life issues while navigating a new relationship. At the same time, the characters stay true to what they believe is right making them simultaneously relatable and inspirational.
I would say this book is more of a traditional romance tale in the sense that the relationship is the main focus of the story rather than sharing the spotlight with the greater action story. This also provides the reader a better opportunity to really get to know the characters and what they value. I thoroughly enjoyed this bok
Warning: Contains repeated sexual content.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of romance with a more realistic setting. Note if you are intrigued by the “Daughters of the People” series there are some mild spoilers referenced in this book!