Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Kiss of Summer-Sophie Gunn

Sweet Kiss of Summer
Sophie Gunn
Forever, Aug 1 2011, $7.99
ISBN: 9780446562003

Artist Nina Stokes has waited for two years to fulfill the first of two requests from her late brother Walter’s deathbed letter. She looks forward to handing over the key to her sibling’s house in Galton, New York to a new owner, Walter’s soldier buddy as her sibling asked; the second plea is about naming his nephew “Little Walt” will have to wait as she has no boyfriend.

However when Mick Rivers arrives to take occupancy, Nina finds she cannot just leave as the house contains memories. Besides she needs to know what happened to Walter and believes Mick can answer her. Mick cannot make himself toss Nina from the home though he must sell the house as he needs the money. Mick struggles with his memory loss, but fears knowing the truth. His trepidation about recalling his past includes what happened as he begins to fall in love with his housemate yet he may have caused the death of her brother.

The second Galton contemporary romance (see How Sweet It is) is a charming tale that also pays tribute to the veterans while scolding leaders for ignoring the returning former solders’ struggles with traumas and a bad economy. The lead couple is a nice pairing of the optimistic artist and the pessimistic veteran, but both are reluctant to take a chance on love. Readers will enjoy this tale as the homage (no phony political platitudes) to the soldier by artists brings freshness to a got your back romance.

Harriet Klausner

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