In this heartwarming coastal romance, Escape bestselling author Juliet Madison asks, what if your favourite celebrity fell in love with you?
Yoga teacher and single mother, Chrissie Burns has a plan: move into the rundown beach house left to her by her deceased aunt, renovate it, sell it, and move on. The scene of a terrible accident years ago, the house needs to get out of Chrissie’s hands as soon as possible.
But Tarrin’s Bay, where the house stands, has more to offer than bad memories. The town is lovely, the people friendly, and even Chrissie’s young son finds friends and begins coming out of his shell. Employed at Serendipity Retreat as a yoga instructor, Chrissie is shocked to be given the role of private teacher to Drew Williams, Australia’s top singer/songwriter for the month.
Relationships between instructors and clients are strictly forbidden, but Drew draws happiness out of Chrissie with his down-to-earth nature and sense of humour. Days of stretching and bending may bring Chrissie unexpected peace and strength, but she knows that this interlude must end, and there’s no pose or position to aid her when Drew walks away and leaves her broken-hearted.
My ****4 Star**** Review
Let me start with saying that while this is the second book in the Tarrin’s Bay Series, it is a complete stand-alone. You can find my review of the first book, The January Wish, HERE.
The beginning of the story is a bit predictable, but there were plenty of little twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and made the story intriguing. There are also a lot of funny little snippets here and there that keep you laughing and turning pages.
Chrissie’s character is one that I know many can relate to. She’s a single mom struggling to make the right choices concerning her son and keep things smooth with her ex. She’s not out looking for a good time. She’s just trying to make a life for her and her son, Kai.
Then there’s Drew. He’s absolutely adorable, great with kids, and of course, rich and famous. What’s not to like? Who as a young teen didn’t dream about falling in love with their favorite star?
I really enjoyed that this wasn’t a typical love at first sight book. You get to see love bloom and grow. You get to see lots of real issues being hashed out. But, you also get to have plenty of laughs along the way. There are some absolutely beautiful moments and moments that just made me giddy like a school girl. There’s also some heartbreaking moments. This story will take you through the emotions.
The only negative for me took place when Drew was first getting to know Chrissie. He gave her a little bit of parenting advice and I just found it odd. One, he wasn’t a parent, and two, it’s a little weird to go dishing out parenting advice unless it’s being asked for, especially when you’ve just met the person. But, this didn’t take away from the overall story at all. I still thoroughly enjoyed it! Plus, I got a little tease seeing Jonah – can’t wait for more there!!
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Harlequin Enterprises Australia – Escape Publishing in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Juliet Madison
Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing, and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put those characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance, and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business, and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework.
Juliet is a proud member and volunteer with The Romance Writers of Australia and she loves to interact online with readers and writers via twitter (@Juliet_Madison), and facebook (www.facebook.com/JulietMadisonAuthor). She can be contacted through her website at http://www.julietmadison.com where readers can also download some free short stories.