One Unforgettable Friday
by Robena Grant
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Lizzie York, a young paraplegic, has the chance to teach at a new school in Oldcastle. On a quest for independence, and to live alone, out from her brother’s watchful eye, she encounters discrimination from narrow-minded villagers. Toss into the mix: a school employee who sets her heart racing, a home of her own, and work she is passionate about.
Peter Barrington, a London solicitor, invests in Bright Academy. Having experienced pain and loss in his past, he became a workaholic. He now desires a quiet life in the country. He meets Lizzie, is immediately smitten, but respects her need for independence. As they work together, their mutual respect and love grows.
When someone hides in the woods and photographs them, Peter does everything in his power to protect Lizzie. But Lizzie is up for a fight. Will their love be strong enough to overcome hatred, and intent to harm, so they can forge a future together?
“I do apologize for the interruption, ladies.” He smiled at Lina. “I need a document signed. From the county. This should be the last. And I have a couple of things to go over with you.”
“Okay,” Lina said, chewing at the sweet in her mouth and swallowing. “No problem.”
Lizzie tried hard to ignore the handsome man who caused her stomach to flutter and her heart to pound. His deep baritone voice, smooth as honey, trickled to places it had no business. She cleared her throat and resisted the urge to clap her hands. “We need to get started.” The women had no clue how much work was involved. She took a quick peek at Peter. He and Lina could attend to business, but this project had to start right away. “In front of you is a stack of yellow netting, a pair of pinking shears, green ribbon and…wait for it, a dish of boiled sweets.”
In three long strides, Peter crossed the room and stood beside her. He wasn’t an overly tall man, his body wiry but muscular. He picked up a piece of the netting and rubbed it between long, tapered fingers, then glanced about at the ribbons and sweets, his gaze turning thoughtful. “This is amazing. The place looks like a factory. I might need photos.” He fished out his phone.
“No. No pictures, please.” Lina swatted his arm. Lizzie doubted she’d ever think a wise thought again as she inhaled the man’s delicious scent: clean linen and citrus mixed with something spicy. She swallowed hard, overcome by his nearness. The way the room lacked air. The way his long, elegant fingers, lightly held the netting.
This is a British mystery set in a small village. Lizzy York is a beautiful, young wheelchair-bound woman determined to lead a more independent life. She accepts a job as a school teacher at a new school and makes plans to move from her brother’s estate into a cottage of her own.
Peter Barrington is immediately smitten the first time he sees Lizzy. Lizzy is also instantly attracted to Peter but rebels against what she sees as his over-protectiveness and concern. Peter’s desire to protect Lizzy reminds Lizzy too much of her brother’s smothering love.
Ugly rumors and gossip start as whispers but grow more intense as word gets around that Lizzy has been hired to teach young children. One matron, in particular, is vehemently opposed to Lizzy’s teaching assignment. An argument ensues, and the young couple’s relationship is severely tested.
I enjoyed Lizzy and Peter’s story. It’s a clean romance that tackles some pretty deep subjects such as independence, protection, ingrained biases, and pursuing dreams. I do feel the ultimate conflict and final confrontation in the woods could have been a bit stronger; it seemed rather rushed and a little anticlimactic to me. However, the ending was satisfying and I was happy that Lizzy and Peter seemed stronger together after the ordeal.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Robena Grant writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense about ordinary women thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Travel and discovering new places brings her great pleasure, and she often includes these discoveries in her stories. She is Australian by birth, lives in Southern California, and has two grown children. Robena may be contacted at: www.robenagrant.com where she blogs frequently, or follow her on social media
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Robena-Grant/e/B00B60DEE2
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