Title: One Perfect Year
Author: Melanie Curtis
Series: Harmony Valley
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: March 1, 2015
Shelby Hawkley, a young widow, is having a hard time forgiving Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Nick died and Nick became distant. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester’s world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like.
Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over—together—could be the best dream he’s ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.
This is not your typical fluffy beach read. One Perfect Year has more substance and thought provoking behavior in the plot and characters. We have Shelby who has basically stopped living for fear of feeling something, Gage, a character trying to figure out whether to let guilt, dreams or compromise rule his life, and other characters with their own obstacles to navigate through. How each handles and resolves their conflict is the substance this book is made of.
I quite liked each of the characters. I loved the interactions between Shelby and the older residents of Harmony Valley. I haven’t read the previous stories in the series and didn’t find that a distraction. I felt sympathy for Gage and Shelby. Their issues didn’t seem contrived. At times I wanted them to just let it go already, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that each of us have things/feelings that hold us back because we hold on tight.
I really liked this novel. It kept me engaged and interested in the outcome. It’s a Harlequin Heartwarming so you know it a clean read.
Rating: Four Stars
Content: Clean- kissing, very mild language
Source: Review Copy from Author (thank you)
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