Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book Review & Guest Post - Somebody Like You by Donna Alward

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Review by Suze
 
Laurel is back in her hometown, Darling. She's the proud owner of the Ladybug Garden Center and she has a nice and cozy house. She used to be an accountant, but after being betrayed by her now ex-husband, who also was her colleague, Laurel needed a fresh start. She's quite famous in Darling because of a photograph. She and her childhood friend Aiden were captured when they gave each other a sweet kiss on Darling's well-known Kissing Bridge when they were five years old. Unfortunately their friendship came to an end when Aiden hurt Laurel when they were seventeen. Living in Darling means Laurel will be seeing Aiden again and the feelings she had for him never entirely disappeared.
 
Aiden hurt Laurel when they were teenagers and he still regrets his decisions from back then. He now works as a police officer in town and when he meets Laurel because of his job he's impressed by her strength and natural beauty and wants to spend more time with her. Will he be able to make up for what he did to her in the past? Laurel has built some firm walls around her heart and Aiden wants nothing more than to break them down. Will they get their second chance or is Laurel too guarded to let him in?
 
Somebody Like You is a wonderful story about two people who are perfect for each other. Laurel is nice to everyone, she treats people with nothing but kindness and respect and then tends to forget herself in the process. She's very sweet and positive. After being hurt several times she still believes people are good. Aiden isn't a smooth talker, he often says the wrong thing and expressing feelings is something that makes him afraid. With Laurel it feels different though and that was endearing to see. He is a generous and sympathetic person. He and Laurel are both amazing people who deserve nothing but the best. They are impressive, have a deep connection, understand each other and have plenty of sparks. Laurel and Aiden were adorable when they were five years old and they never really lost that charm, which is something I enjoyed a lot about Somebody Like You. Reading about this friendly couple put a big smile on my face.
 
Donna Alward knows how to write moving love stories. Somebody Like You is special from beginning to end and I had tears in my eyes when I read the beautiful romantic last few chapters, they are absolutely incredible. Somebody Like You is precious, it's a gorgeous story. I highly recommend it because of the pleasant atmosphere, the warm and welcoming town, the dreamy love story and the big hearts of the main characters.
 
Advice
 
If you love sweet romantic stories about true love you should definitely read Somebody Like You. 
 
About Donna Alward
 
 
While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at www.DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at www.DonnaAlward.com/newsletter.
 
Guest post

Second Chances in Love – Donna Alward

Today I want to share with you a really beautiful story about a second chance at love. It began many, many years ago, around 1950. There was a girl – a pretty smart girl, in my opinion, and a boy, and they liked each other a lot. They began “stepping out” together. He was a very nice boy, and he had a promising future on the family farm, and a car… the parents of this smart girl were pretty happy about her choice in a sweetheart. He was nice, and would provide her with a secure, happy future.

And then another boy entered the picture. He was poor, and had few prospects, but there was something about him that swept the girl off her feet. And despite her parents’ reservations, she broke up with the very nice boy and began seeing… my father.

Yep. This is a story about my mum.

In 1955, my parents got married, and she taught school while he worked the farm and worked in the woods in the winters. They had three children by 1962, and shortly after they were expropriated from their land due to the building of a dam and bought the farm I knew as my home until I was twenty-three. I wasn’t born until 1972 – an oops – and guess what? The very nice boy from the beginning of the story? He’d married, too. And had a dairy farm in our community, and his wife became very good friends with my mum and his children went to school with my siblings.

When I was seventeen, and my mom was fifty-six, my dad died. It was young for her to be widowed, but she wasn’t interested in marrying again. Dad had been IT for her. It was hard for me, too, but guess what? That nice boy – now nice man – sat behind me in the church choir. He looked out for me. On the day of my dad’s funeral, he stood with me at the gravesite and walked me back to the car. He was a special guest at my wedding, and his wife let me raid her flower garden for flowers to put in vases in the church.

You know where this is going, don’t you?

Several years ago the very nice man’s wife passed away. My mum missed her friend, and he really missed his wife. And because they had always remained friends, they confided in each other, and my mum understood what he was going through. And then, one spring evening, I got a phone call from my mum. They were going out to dinner, she said. And when I simply said okay, she said, “No, I mean dinner dinner.”

And in 2008, at the age of seventy-five, they got married.

My step-dad, Harold, just passed away recently – a week before Christmas. They had eight years together. Eight happy years, even though failing health presented a lot of challenges. I don’t think it ever occurred to them that they might have married the wrong person in the beginning; they’d loved their spouses dearly. But neither were they willing to ignore a second chance when it presented itself. My mom is sad right now, and missing him a lot, but I also know that she’s incredibly thankful for the second chance they were given and for the eight years they were able to spend together.

Moral of the story: It’s never too late for love.

In my stories, the second chances generally happen when the characters are younger, and have had their hearts broken by any number of reasons. But romance? True romance transcends age and time.

Happy reading – and loving.

Donna xx 

14 comments:

  1. This sounds like a very realistic story. Thanks for sharing this book.

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  2. That is so adorable! I remember a wedding at the elderly home opposite our house when I was a teen, he was 97 and she was 95 and they loved each other so much. :)

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  3. This sounds like a very fun read!

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  4. Sweetie, Tears of joy and sadness are in my eyes. But also, a sense of hope , love and life. Life is full of surprises. We just have to embrace them. thanks for sharing this lovely story.

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  5. This is interesting and seems like a good story to read

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  6. Aunt Donna, your little thing on Grammie and Harold made me cry! You have such a way with words! Love you!

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  7. Very touching post all around!

    --Trix

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  8. I love stories like this. I especially enjoy them in the spring and summer. It's like a renewal of hope. And I love a happy ending:)

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  9. Great to see a book about people re-inventing themselves mid life when circumstances change

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  10. I can always go for a sweet romance <3

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  12. Oh, Donna, your Mum's second chance brought back so many memories for me of my Nana, a widow of 40 years who found love again & married at 76. They didn't have many years together, but what they did have was wonderful.

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