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Crazy Little Thing (A Bell Harbor Novel) by Tracy Brogan

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 342 Pages.

Published: 23 October 2012 by Montlake Romance

ISBN: 1612186009

EAN: 9781612186009

If Sadie Turner is good at anything, it’s putting stuff in order. So when she finds her “perfect” life in disarray, she hopes a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house will help her piece it back together. She wants to relax, reboot, and heal the wounds left by her cheating ex-husband. And that requires time away from men. All men.

Or so she thinks.

With two slobbering dogs and two cousins living there—one a flamboyant decorator intent on making over Sadie—it’s hard to get a moment’s peace at eccentric Aunt Dody’s house, especially with everyone so determined to set her up with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor.

Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. Tall, tanned, muscular…and to top it off, he’s great with her kids. But he must have a flaw—he’s a man—so Sadie vows to keep her distance.

As summer blazes on, the life Sadie is trying so hard to simplify only becomes more complicated—a new career presents itself, her evil ex haunts her, and Aunt Dody reveals a tragic secret—but maybe a little chaos is just what Sadie needs to get her life back in order.


4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Anne

A good, fun read

I had the opportunity to read this book in one day over two long train

journeys and I found myself engrossed in it and grinning a lot - I

managed to avoid laughing out loud, but only just. This is not because

the story is unique or particularly challenging - it is a contemporary

romance of a young woman, who has had a bitter divorce and who is trying

to avoid men. She stays in a small town with her eccentric family and

is overwhelmingly attracted by Des, a locum doctor, but the effect of

her marital history makes her shy of men and frightened to commit. The

story is completely predictable and the characters and setting are

reasonably familiar.

What engaged me about the book was the style which was warmhearted

and engaging. The writing is witty and realistic. For a change, the main

character, Sadie, actually grows and changes

through the novel in a believable way. The author avoids humour by

humiliation and the situations she contrives for Sadie and Des are

believable (if not actually realistic).

I've read a lot of this type of novel and this is one of the best I

have read - I highly recommend it for a feel-good, lighthearted

and amusing experience.

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