This sweet little read from Annette Irby will satisfy that
need for time-constrained readers who long for a whole story in a short byte.
Restaurant-owner Lara meets recent widower Wyatt at the
grocery store. From the moment she empathizes with Wyatt in front of the
Valentine’s Day display she prays for him without knowing the reason for his
sadness. Later, he eats alone at her restaurant and we understand that this
year is different. Wyatt’s two-year-old grief has morphed into loneliness.
The mutual attraction and concern for each other sparks
Irby does a good job setting her characters and scenes,
using the senses to tickle with reader and draw him or her into the
conversation as these two people get to know each other.
Wyatt, the businessman, appreciates what Lara, a
businesswoman in her own right, goes through to earn a living. He’s ready to
move on and Lara feels like a natural fit. They’re both in their early
thirties, unattached, but Lara is recovering from a broken relationship and,
besides, could use his help. She doesn’t mix business and pleasure, even if the
business embodies the perfect husband material.
When Wyatt trades food for his consulting fees, Lara accepts
reluctantly, sticking to her pride and principles, even when she knows he’s
interested in more than that from her. It doesn’t take long for Wyatt to come
up with a plan to get past her principles, but can he get past the hurt in her
Irby’s great characters, honest dialogue, and rounded
settings will make this novella a favorite romantic read.