by Rhoda Baxter
She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?
Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.
Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.
As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.
But with attraction comes guilt.
Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?
Rhoda Baxter gives her readers a deeper insight into the grieving process in this witty, heartfelt novella!
Harriet and Niamh are dealing with the loss of the man they loved, Richard. He was Harriet’s boyfriend and Niamh’s father. Harriet lives in a small village trying to survive day by day, but at night, drowning her sorrows with alcohol and men. Niamh has no one to turn to because her mother, Mel, detested her father, and she will hardly even let her daughter utter her ex’s name. One weekend, these two will meet, and everything will change for them.
Mel takes off when her mother leaves for a retreat to see Harriet. In a panic, her Uncle Tim, Mel’s twin, follows her. He has every intention of bringing her straight back home and away from the woman who he thinks destroyed his sister’s life. However, people aren’t always who they seem to be, especially when you don’t really know them. Tim finds this out quickly when he meets Harriet. She isn’t the horrible woman his sister made her out to be. She is a woman who has lost the love of her life and is hurting as much as his niece is.
This is a shorter read, but Baxter left nothing out at all. She shows her readers that not everyone grieves in the same way. Harriet has lived in the dark despair of it for almost a year, but Niamh shifts something inside of her. She realizes she wants to live again. Harriet helps Niamh understand her mother a bit better. And maybe, just maybe she can find love again with Tim, which was something neither of them were expecting.
While this is a bit of a romance, it really does sit on the back burner as it mostly a story of healing and second chances. I would love to revisit these characters in the future as I think they still have some of their stories left to tell.
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Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).
Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.
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