Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Emmaline Neal is a police officer in Manningsport New York. She has an extracurricular activity that most women don’t do. Jack Holland puts on a brave face but he has some personal demons he has to deal with. Right from the start this author will have you laughing and if you’re having a bad day, or even a bad week, this is a great pick-me-up.
As the story begins there are circumstances that will have you feeling sorry for these two. Even though Em has a job most of us wouldn’t have, this author has made her a woman that you can identify with. There’s a couples bonding scene that had me wishing I were an actual spectator. And then the scene ends with me laughing – sorry I just couldn’t help myself.
Our author shows her readers how some of the “beautiful” people can be so self-absorbed. She also shows how cruel people can be toward those that are “different”. This would be a perfect book to read while you sit by a fire – jealous – having a mulled wine or cider along with your favorite throw or animal. One thing I loved about this story is that the author didn’t create one picture perfect character. It made them more believable and some more relatable. There are even some readers who may also be able to identify with a few of them. Jack is what might be called brooding and not everyone will like his character but that just adds to his persona.
This is a series that each book could probably be read on their own but it’s my hope that you are reading them in order. It’s a town you will fall in love with and wish you could visit while on vacation. If you do find that place and take reading material with you, make sure to take this series along for the ride. It will be interesting to see if we get another look into the lives of the residents of Manningsport – I certainly look forward to finding out.