Published by Avon on July 26th, 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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"Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it's been a long time."
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It's been years since she last saw Harrison Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.
Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry.
She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?
Harrison got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.
Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he's come face-to-face with the one who got away. He's not looking for love. He's not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he's ever done?
✯☆☆҉‿➹⁀ 3.5 STARS ☆҉‿➹⁀☆҉☆✯
We all have those authors that we just love and will read over and over. Rachel Gibson is such an author for me. When I started reading her books back in the day, I read her entire back catalogue over the course of a summer, and I still revisit her books now and again. So I was excited to get the chance to read her newest book, but it left me disappointed.
Vivian Leigh is a Hollywood star from the south, but she doesn’t have the breeding or manners of a southern belle. On the contrary, she has helped her mother clean the Whitley-Shuler home all her childhood, but she was also a drama queen and a snoop. After the death of her mother she returns to Charleston, where she get reacquainted Henry Whitley-Shuler.
Henry has returned to Charleston after his high life on Wall Street nearly cost him his life. He has turned his back on his white-collar life, despite what his mother wants for him, and has started to live a blue-collar life, by being a carpenter. But his life turns around when Vivian Leigh returns for her mother’s funeral.
After they get together, they fall into an easy relationship, and I really like that. But at the same time, most of the story feels like their time together are shown in fractions. It is difficult to keep track of the time line, since it feels like it changes to quickly. The usual road bump in the relationship isn’t very inventive and it leaves this reviewer needing a little more drama.
The premise of this book left me excited to read it, but in all honesty, it left me wanting something more. I’m not sure what I was hoping for but knowing the quality of writing from Rachel Gibson, this felt like a book she just had to write because she had to. Rachel Gibson usually writes with humor and passion but it doesn’t shine through in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, my expectations might just have been way to high, based on past performances. Unfortunately, this book just suffered under those expectations, so I can’t rate this book at more than 3.5 stars.