Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Review: Just One Day by Sharla Lovelace

Just One Day (e-novella)
Fans of both contemporary romance and women's fiction will love this smart, witty, and beautiful novella from national bestseller Sharla Lovelace. If you like Susan Elizabeth Philips, Susan Mallery, or Sarah Addison Allen you're going to fall in love with this author.
She has nothing but time . . .
Twenty-four hours. That’s how long Andie Fremont has to say yes—or no. At forty-four with a daughter in college, she’s no young kitten with starry-eyed ideas of what love is. Still, when the man who is everything she should want pops the question with a ring he knows isn’t her style, during a party she didn’t want to have, Andie balks. Something tells her that it isn’t right.
Looking to clear her head, Andie hits the Texas highway in search of an answer. And when she stumbles upon an old roadside diner she decides waffles might be it, at least for now. What she didn’t expect to find was Jesse Montgomery. The man who stole her heart and broke it all in one day, two decades earlier.
As a Texas-size storm takes shape outside, the electricity between Andie and Jesse builds inside. Suddenly Andie is faced with more than just yes or no. As the storm clears there are two men who will want answers.
Publisher: Beyond the Page
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Kat's Review
I'll be honest, I didn't read this novella because of the comparison to the other authors because I've never read any of those authors. I read it because there was something about the description that pulled me in, particularly the fact that the protagonist wasn't a twenty-something looking for love, or even a thirty-something independent woman worried that she would never find the love of her life. No, this novella features a woman in her forties with a child, a relationship, and a decision to make. There's no talk of a make-over, or getting her groove back, or anything along the lines of making her a younger, better version of herself.
It's a novella, so there's not a lot of time to get to know the characters, but it's pretty clear from the start that Andie and her boyfriend are on different wavelengths. When she's surprised with a proposal, her reaction is one of panic, leading to an embarrassing, and very public, end to what was supposed to be their engagement party. When Andie is given 24 hours to think about what her answer will be, she takes off on a bit of a road trip to clear her head, and ends up in the diner of the man she lost touch with over twenty years ago.
This story is sweet but not overly gushy or unrealistic. Both Andie and Jessie have more than twenty years of life experiences between the last time they were together and  the present, and neither is in a healthy place. As they catch up, they get caught up in a huge storm that forces Andie to stay in the diner, and makes her question exactly what she wants from the future. There's only one small part that I felt was a bit out of place, but since I don't give away spoilers I won't say what it is, but it kind of felt out of place with the rest of the story. Other than that, this was a quick read about two people reconnecting after many years apart.
Kat's Review: Worth a Look
This novella is a great way to get acquainted with this author's work, without investing in a novel. I enjoyed it, and as I mentioned before, really liked that there was an older protagonist who wasn't portrayed in a stereotypical light or in some way trying to become someone else. Worth a look. 

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