Someone to Love (Darling, VT #2) by Donna Alward #mf #review @DonnaAlward @SMPRomance


Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder and an attraction he cannot deny.

Willow s come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn t expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other s hearts?

If you are a fan of classic category romance (Harlequin, Silhouette, etc.) or Hallmark movies, then Someone to Love is for you. Willow Dunaway moved back to her hometown of Darling, VT to start over. She fled Vermont after disastrous childhood with a neglectful single mother and has spent several years healing and reinventing herself in Florida. Now she is a self-proclaimed hippie with pink stripes in her hair who runs a café that features clean, organic, and sustainably grown food. To say she is something of an oddity to her neighbors is probably an understatement.

Ethan Gallagher is a gruff, brooding widower trying to raise two small boys on his own after losing his wife, and the love of his life, to cancer. Ethan is a firefighter from a large family and about as opposite from Willow as a man could possibly be. Willow is all about peace and harmony, and Ethan is not sure there will ever be peace and harmony in his life again. When they initially meet, Ethan and Willow get along about as well as oil and water. They are barely civil at best and often borderline antagonistic.

As fate would have it, Willow’s best friend is Ethan’s sister-in-law and his sister is her real estate agent, who is also rapidly becoming a good friend. As such, the two end up seeing far more of each other than they would like and somewhere along the line end up crossing the thin line between love and hate.

I’m a huge fan of sweet, category romance so I loved this book. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. My only complaint was, at times, the pacing book seemed really slow. There were times when I thought it would take forever to get to the end. For all that it’s a classic of the genre, it’s a complicated emotional story, and I know that it takes a while to work out all those complications. At the same time, this one dragged at times and felt like it was taking just a bit too long to work them out. Even so, it’s a good story overall and one I would definitely recommend. Just be aware that if you are a fan of a really fast-paced story, this one isn’t it. It’s also not a particularly spicy or graphic story. To me, that’s a good thing as it fits the tone of the book, but I know not all readers like that. There is sex, but it tends to be very understated and not particularly graphic. Also, this book deals with the aftermath of both losing a spouse and having an abortion. If those are potential triggers for you, tread carefully.

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