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“Eeeeeeek! I LOVED this book! Higgins has outdone herself with this new series!
“4.5, actually. Really good, and the humerous way the author writes is a bonus. The secondary characters were fun, too.
Faith Holland was jilted just as she was to be married. Jeremy, her husband-to-be, admitted to being gay - and everyone in the small town was there! So for three years, Faith lived on the other side of the country, in San Francisco, mending her heart and learning to be a really good landscaper. Now she's back home in New York, checking out her large family and the vineyards they own, but planning to go back to S.F. eventually. Levi Cooper, Jeremy's best friend and a decorated hero back from Afghanistan (and now the town's police chief) was instrumental in the jilting and consequently isn't one of Faith's favorite people. When they're thrown together, things happen - and maybe Faith won't go back to San Francisco ......... ”
“Good book. Faith has come home after three years away, to help out at the family winery. In her small town it's hard to get past everyone's memory of her being left at the altar but she's trying. She also has to face Levi, the man she still holds responsible for ruining her wedding. There are also the typical dramas she has to deal with in her family. She needs to decide if she's going to come back home to stay or head back to California as soon as she can.
I liked Faith. There was a lot more to her than was first apparent. In high school she seemed to be the slightly spoiled, always perky youngest daughter of one of the rich families. Her boyfriend is the ultra popular and best looking guy who is also the quarterback. Everything goes along great for eight years as they date, then get engaged. Then on the day of the wedding, right at the altar, Levi forces Jeremy to finally come clean with Faith - he's gay. Faith is devastated and flees to San Francisco where she works for three years before being called home. Her siblings need her to save their father from a gold-digger and use her talents to improve the winery grounds. I loved the way she was happy to come home. She was homesick, missed her family and her hometown. She hasn't quite gotten up the nerve to see her ex-fiance yet, but she's getting there. She has had a couple encounters with Levi though. She's still angry with him and is pretty darn snarky around him. Their encounter at the bar, where he has to rescue her is hilarious. She still gets the feeling that he doesn't like her whenever they meet. When she ends up moving into the apartment next door to him there are more encounters that start feeling like they're not so adversarial. There's also a heat growing between them that she doesn't know what to do about. I really liked the slow growing of their friendship as they learned more about each other. Faith gets really frustrated with Levi's unwillingness to talk, especially about emotions. She is incredibly moved when he takes the time to do the research that ends her guilty feelings over the death of her mother. Those feelings have affected the way she feels about her family and the new information gives her the courage to talk to them about her mother.
Levi was definitely the strong silent type. He had been friends with Jeremy since high school. He had suspected that Jeremy was gay from the moment they met, but it never made a difference to him. He was concerned about Jeremy's inability to admit it, especially as things got more serious with Faith. He finally had to say something before both Jeremy and Faith made a mistake that would be devastating to them both. However, that put him on Faith's hate list, a difficult place to be since they were both still friends with Jeremy. Levi also suffers from a bit of inferiority complex because he has grown up on the poor side of town, also causing him to look at Faith rather cynically. By the time he comes back from the army he has lived down his "trailer park" past and is now the police chief, a job he really enjoys. He is also the guardian of his younger sister who is giving him fits about staying at college. When Faith returns to town he's expecting more of the same girl she was when she left. He soon finds himself pretty amused by the scrapes she gets into and has fun with her about them. He also discovers that the attraction he first noticed when Faith was Jeremy's girlfriend hasn't gone away. I loved seeing him fight those feelings because I knew it would be a losing battle. I really liked seeing the way that he took such good care of her during and after her seizure and how that seemed to be the beginning of their new friendship. It was obvious that his inability to talk about his emotions frustrated Faith, but he didn't seem to be able to do anything about it. I loved the way he could show his feelings in the way that he took care of her and did things for her. The scene at her grandparents anniversary party was pretty sweet of him. I also liked his friendship with Jeremy and how it never changed. It was pretty funny that it was Jeremy that finally made Levi face his feelings for Faith.
Once again the secondary characters add another great layer to the story. Faith's family was especially fun. Her dad is pretty clueless about the intentions of the woman he calls a "friend" and his reactions are pretty funny. Her sisters are older and still treat her like the baby. Her one sister has teenage children who argue with each other like normal kids do which is always fun to see. Then we also get to experience the attempts that Pru's husband Carl makes to spice up their marriage, from sexting to hearing the kids complain about their parents' "activities". Faith's grandparents have been married for sixty-five years and the way they treat each other is kind of bizarre, but seems to work for them. I'll be interested to see if Levi's sister Sarah gets her own story, once she gets past her homesickness and attitude toward her brother. Jeremy's presence throughout the book was great for showing the importance of friendship, but I sure did get frustrated with his guilt complex for awhile. I'm looking forward to seeing where the next book goes.”
“Some annoying, repetitive language that makes the book feel immature (see: boobage, hemorrhoid as a cuss word, "Princess Super Cute"). The characters are flat...the drama is mostly overwrought. But in the end, it's a sweet love story, and worth the beach read. I was excited to see it's the first in a series, a la Marian Keyes' Walsh sisters novels, I will def read the next one.”Abby Shannon wrote this review Monday, November 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another entertaining read. Higgins always has me cracking up on the first page. I love her stories, you always sympathize with the women and their awkward moments are always something you can relate to. The relationship between Faith and Levi is one he fights against since they were kids. The trauma that she experienced in her childhood and later her painful breakup at the alter have left her doubting most of her decisions. Levi has his own heartbreak of being abandoned by his father at a young age and his wife leaving him after only three months of marriage. The story seemed real with all the hangups and things left unsaid that should have been spoken. Levi was such a hero type, being a soldier that comes home and take on the role of taking care of his whole town. Faith had never looked at Levi as anyone of merit. But then she sees the light and Levi shows her what she was missing being with Jeremy.”bookluvr wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ebook”Liza S wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Predictable story and ending but ok to read”Lynn M wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Faith, Jeremy and Levi-she is in love with Jeremy who's really gay, but doesn't want to hurt Faith on her wedding day, so Levi(the best man) tells him to speak up, he does shes mortified and leaves town. really good writing, I didn't try to skip to many pages.”pandora cain wrote this review Sunday, August 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On light summer reading list by NPR. Yup, standard romance following a genre formula/format. Since readers expect the standard, something should stand out from the pack - in this case it could be that the dialogue is current and somewhat witty, and that the heroine is modern and employed. However, hmm, if this is considered an example of the best in the field, it might put me off romances novels for a good long while. ”arlene s wrote this review Monday, October 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Levi Cooper is one sexy cop!!!!!!”bookkrazy_gurl35 wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Somehow I missed writing my review of this romance. I got this book at Book Expo America at the Harlequin booth. They had six authors all lined up, signing books. Somehow when I got on my train to go home, this is the one I pulled out of my suitcase.
What a way to travel and also be entertained. Higgins grabbed me with the prologue which covered why Faith Holland was not married and why she hates Levi Cooper. After being sucked into the book, I barely looked up as I traveled through New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. When we got to DC, I knew I wanted to get off the train, but I bought my lunch quickly so I could get back to this love story.
Higgins really knows how to write. Her characters are fun and believable, the story line not totally preposterous and setting wonderful. I will be reading more of her books.
This is a romance for those who like contemporary stories, want some humor in their tales and like books with extended family. If you read Sherryl Woods or Susan Mallery you may want to pick up this novel.”