Polly Carmichael has a secret, one shared by her two aunts and all the women of her line, and it means that marriage is not an option for her. Adam Finlay left the vet practice he was working for when cost cutting led to animals suffering. He would love to open a one-man practice of his own, but all his savings went to his ex wife in her battle against cancer. He’s still getting over the divorce, and he doesn’t have anything to offer a woman at the moment anyway.
Adam’s sister has set him up in a rental house in the small seaside town of Kauri Bay, not far from the family farm, and he soon notices Polly, the manager of the Beach Front Cafe. Polly knows she can’t get interested in the handsome young vet, she really mustn’t, but her heart flutters every time he’s near her. The two young people find themselves in an impossible situation – or is it? Not when help comes from a completely unexpected source. A clean and wholesome romance, set in an inspirational community.
I received this book from the author for free. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and this review is voluntary.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a clean romance! Set in a lovely little New Zealand town, Casey Swan created a super cute family that you’d love to know.
The beginning of the book was a little rocky for me. I read the first four chapters and had to turn off my iPad and come back to it. I felt like the point of view was constantly changing which messed with my head a bit. I had to reread a few times to fully understand who was talking. A pet peeve I didn’t know I had until I read this book was the overuse of “She said” “He said” “Said Polly” etc. After getting further into the story I was able to relax and enjoy the book more.
As far as the two main characters, I liked Adam and felt like he was a stand up guy, I was however a little confused as to why he was so enamored with Polly. I felt like there wasn’t much to their relationship other than observing, being attracted to each other, and kissing. Polly was okay, but definitely not my favorite female main character. I felt for her concerning her “secret” but thought she took it a little over the top for not even knowing for sure if she had something to worry about (Trying not to give spoilers!).
I actually think I enjoyed the older ladies of the town and the surrounding characters more than Polly. Casey Swan added other aspects to the story around the romance that was in the middle of everything that I found fun! I’m interested to see what happens in the next few books!
Overall, I’d say this was a cute, lighthearted story that was an enjoyable quick read despite a few snags. I’d give it 4 stars!