Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Single Dad's Second Chance-Brenda Harlen

The Single Dad's Second Chance Brenda Harlen Harlequin Special Edition, May 20 2014, $5.50 ISBN: 9780373658190 In Charisma, North Carolina, Buds and Blooms florist Rachel Ellis hates Valentine’s Day except that is a major moneymaker. That holiday is also one of three days annually (November 22 and August 10 are the other occasions) that Andrew Garrett buys white roses. Lonely Rachel stops at Valentino’s for takeout, but her owner friends make her sit and eat in the kitchen. Andrew arrives for pasta takeout, but the owners make him sit down and dine with Rachel; as they insist no one should eat alone on Valentine’s Day. He tells her the woman he bought the flowers for, his wife of five years Nina, died three years ago. His first grade daughter Maura would like to attend a wedding by Christmas with her sad dad as the groom. When Maura meets Rachel, she writes in her diary that she wishes the nice flower lady was her mommy. Brenda Harlen fans will rejoice with the return of Those Engaging Garretts! (see the New York branch in From Neighbors … to Newlyweds, A Very Special Delivery and His Long Lost Family) as the North Carolina cousins take center-stage. The lead couple is a delightful pairing while precocious (at times too much so) Maura and her Dear Diary entries enhance the second chance romance between a florist who gave up on love and sleepless in Carolina. Harriet Klausner

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