Published December 2019 by The Wold Rose Press
About the Book:
Lawyer Cathleen O'Dowd wants to break free from her boring image. Widowed young, she's toed the good-girl line but now wants a little fun and laughter in her days...and nights. Living in a small town, though, she can't do anything that would tarnish her professional reputation. Mac Frayne's tragic past has turned him into a sullen loner. In town to write a book on the city's founder, his plan is to get it done, then head home to his solitary existence. When circumstances force them to work together, their opposing personalities clash, but the sexual attraction between them is palpable. Can a simple affair with an end date be just the thing to brighten up their lives?
Peggy Jaeger has done it once more, proving why I keep returning to her stories again and again. The vivid portrait of small town life, the depth of the characters and the breadth of emotions... I love escaping to the worlds this author creates on the pages.
Ms. Jaeger writes in a first person point of view that drags the reader along on a sometimes chaotic ride with Cathy O'Dowd, a small-town lawyer and the eldest O'Dowd sister in the small town of Heaven, New Hampshire. She took over her father's practice and responsibilities when her parents retired, one of which was sitting on the board of the local Historical Society. When a well-known author comes to town to research his new book, the pair are thrown together and sparks begin to fly.
Okay, none of that sounds terribly exciting, does it?
Small town lawyer. Author doing research. Historical Society.
It all reeks of dusty pages and yawns hidden behind polite hands. And yet...
This story crackles with emotion and tension, as the main characters are instantly drawn to each other but trying desperately to ignore the electric connection. The stubbornly broken characters kept me glued to my Kindle rooting for them to give into their feelings, to get over their sad pasts and find a happily ever after with each other. The scenes with Cathy's grandmother, Nanny Fee, add comical humor and lightness to the overall story. Ms. Jaeger does a wonderful job of creating real characters we can relate to and root for, with the strong background themes of family and forgiveness running throughout.
I finished this book in a day, and loved escaping into the world Ms. Jaeger created. The first book in this series, Dearly Beloved introduced the town of Heaven and the sisters... And I know there's one more O'Dowd sister whose story has yet to be published (I can't wait!)
Five stars for this fun read! Grab your copy on AMAZON