Saturday, December 7, 2013

DANDELION WISHES by Melinda Curtis

Publisher:  Harlequin Heartwarming
Date published:   October 1, 2013
Genre:   Sweet Romance
Format:  Paperback
Obtained via:  Author
Reviewed by name and email address:  Angie

Emma Willoughby and Tracy Jackson were inseparable their entire lives, until a tragic accident changed them both.  Emma was driving and walked away physically undamaged while Tracy is left with a condition that makes her unable to verbalize her thoughts.  Tracy’s brother Will is a control freak who thinks he knows best and blocked Emma from visiting Tracy.

When Emma finds herself back in her hometown of Harmony Grove, unable to forgive herself for harming Tracy, she is shocked to learn that Will has brought Tracy home to recover, but knows this is how she can reconnect and find out if her best friend will hate her forever.  What she finds upon coming home is that she is needed to save not only her friendship but her hometown as it is moving toward ghost town status.

Will Jackson may be overbearing and out of control, but he wants what is best for his sister, his hometown and just doesn’t know how to express his ideas, without telling everyone what to do.  He is the poster boy for success but has no idea how to fall in love, admit when he is wrong, or right his wrongs.

Melinda Curtis has taken the perfect love story and given it twists and turns that will leave readers of sweet romance sighing. The story left me smiling and wishing the small town world was truly not becoming a thing of the past.  I would love to visit Harmony Grove and be able to truly call my neighbors my family.  This small town comes to life, their old oak tree and saving it truly feels like a battle I would want to fight!  Nothing in this small town spoke of love, as much as Emma’s grandma being willing to fight and handcuff herself to the tree in protest. 

The characters of DANDELION WISHES make me want even more to raise my daughter in small town and wish I could leave even suburban life behind.  The idea of being able to freely run, and the memories from Emma, Tracy and Will and their friends playing basketball together, and simply being kids make this novel a worthy read.  They come rushing from the pages and tear at your heart strings – Ms Curtis will make you feel like part of the Harmony Grove family, not a reader on the outside.  I hope you will join the family!  I will be waiting impatiently for the next book in this series Summer Kisses to hit the bookshelves in February 2014.

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