I really liked the sister dynamic and would have liked to have seen that expanded on a little bit. For a series set up, I did enjoy the overall feeling of the book. This book really shined with Luke and his injury, though. The Sweetheart Bargain is a great summer read. She is recovering from her divorce and has inherited a house from the mother she never knew. But a golden retriever who has a few scars of his own keeps forcing them together, as they both agree that without a little care, the dog will die. Luke's character is the guy you just want to take care of and wish the best for recovery from a tragic life event.
I didn't want the book to end and look forward to reading more from Ms. Then she meets her devastatingly gorgeous neighbor, Luke Winslow. I love Shirley Jump's writing. The chapters just flew by and I was drawn in by the residents of Rescue Bay Florida. The secondary characters were a delight and the setting perfect. Olivia was optimistic and likable, and Luke was detached and broody.
Olivia is just the woman to do this if Luke can let her in. Running from a bad marriage and a lousy job, Olivia is determined to save the dog shelter she inherited from the mother she never knew and, above all, to protect her broken heart. No compensation for my review was given. Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters' first target. Animal therapist Olivia Linscott is the Sweetheart Sisters' first target. Everything he ever cared about was taken from him in the blink of an eye, and to be honest if that happened to me I would be bitter too.
Diana had known nothing about Olivia either and is dealing with her own unresolved mother issues making it difficult for her to open up to Olivia. Eventually, 8 years after writing her first romance novel, that first book was eventually published and the romance has poured forth since. What can be better than romance with recipes you ask? It has a very sensitive feel which I fell in love with. I think the series has great potential and I am very excited for the next book in the series featuring Diana and Mike, both of whom i loved in this book. No matter what he does he can't seem to keep Olivia away. That's just the type of romance I love! I tend not to like romances that focus solely on the main couple and not much else, and I thought this book developed all the characters and balanced the different story lines and relationships well; this sets the stage nicely for the second book, which I look forward to reading! These scenes are out of place in the sweet romantic mode that Ms.
His grandmother, a resident at the retirement community where Olivia is an animal therapist, is determined, however, to both bring her grandson out of his shell, and make a love match for Olivia to boot -- with the help of a couple of friends. Adrift and bitter, the last thing he wants is romantic involvement. Being the eldest of 6 children, the 3 youngest being adopted, I know another side to Olivia's adoptive quest - a side that nobody talks about - but watching Olivia interact with her newly found sister Diana and her son Jackson was interesting for me. Luke was a man with a double edged sword pointed at his soul. As the attraction builds between Olivia and Luke, she discovers a whole new family, both biological and adopted in her new hometown.
Note: I won an advanced reader's copy from goodreads first reads. Luke's dreams were shattered by a career-ending eye injury. A fun, sexy, heart-warming read. They have also recently started responding to letters written for the newspaper column called Common Sense Carla. She also wants answers from Bridget who did not leave any, and meets an unexpected relative that is not happy to see her as she is hurting in her own way. Florida turns out to be much harder than Olivia thought it would be but she is determined to make it work and not go back to her old life in Boston. In the envelope is a will stating that Bridget Tuttle is leaving Olivia property in Rescue Bay, Florida.
Here, too, Shirley Jump is an alert writer working with elder characters as carefully as she handles the young lovers. You are pulled in from the first chapter and really don't want the book to end because you are so invested in all the characters, the town and everything that is happening. The Sisters want to tie the spirited young do-gooder to wounded helicopter pilot Luke Winslow, but the intended pair keeps slipping the leash. Olivia needs to decide if Luke is worth fighting for. It's a great book and the beginn Truly a story of hope and redemption! Ultimately, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would.
She has a house with the attached animal shelter that is going to take all of her extra time and money to fix up, a new job, and a surprise sister she never knew she had. Getting the dog treated also led her to the half sister she didn't know she had and the opportunity to learn more about her mother. Luke was a man with a double edged sword pointed at his soul. Bring on Feb 2014 when we can read Mike and Diana's story. Olivia is a really sweet girl that has been a little naïve in her life. She got a job at the local retirement home as an animal assisted therapist where she and her little dog quickly made friends with the residents.
The romance felt a little lacking. He just knows he is not good enough for a woman like Olivia. And while the road to happily ever after is hardly smooth, with a little animal therapy, tenacity and with a helping hand from the Sweetheart sisters, Luke and Olivia find the love, healing and answers they seek. Olivia had a happy childhood with her adoptive parents but she always felt that there was something missing. A can't put down,fresh contemporary romance! In the worlds Shirley gets to create and control, the children listen to their parents, the husbands always remember holidays, and the housework is magically done by elves.