One Unforgettable Friday
by Robena Grant
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Lizzie York, a young paraplegic, has the chance to teach at a new school in Oldcastle. On a quest for independence, and to live alone, out from her brother’s watchful eye, she encounters discrimination from narrow-minded villagers. Toss into the mix: a school employee who sets her heart racing, a home of her own, and work she is passionate about.
Peter Barrington, a London solicitor, invests in Bright Academy. Having experienced pain and loss in his past, he became a workaholic. He now desires a quiet life in the country. He meets Lizzie, is immediately smitten, but respects her need for independence. As they work together, their mutual respect and love grows.
When someone hides in the woods and photographs them, Peter does everything in his power to protect Lizzie. But Lizzie is up for a fight. Will their love be strong enough to overcome hatred, and intent to harm, so they can forge a future together?
“I do apologize for the interruption, ladies.” He smiled at Lina. “I need a document signed. From the county. This should be the last. And I have a couple of things to go over with you.”
“Okay,” Lina said, chewing at the sweet in her mouth and swallowing. “No problem.”
Lizzie tried hard to ignore the handsome man who caused her stomach to flutter and her heart to pound. His deep baritone voice, smooth as honey, trickled to places it had no business. She cleared her throat and resisted the urge to clap her hands. “We need to get started.” The women had no clue how much work was involved. She took a quick peek at Peter. He and Lina could attend to business, but this project had to start right away. “In front of you is a stack of yellow netting, a pair of pinking shears, green ribbon and…wait for it, a dish of boiled sweets.”
In three long strides, Peter crossed the room and stood beside her. He wasn’t an overly tall man, his body wiry but muscular. He picked up a piece of the netting and rubbed it between long, tapered fingers, then glanced about at the ribbons and sweets, his gaze turning thoughtful. “This is amazing. The place looks like a factory. I might need photos.” He fished out his phone.
“No. No pictures, please.” Lina swatted his arm. Lizzie doubted she’d ever think a wise thought again as she inhaled the man’s delicious scent: clean linen and citrus mixed with something spicy. She swallowed hard, overcome by his nearness. The way the room lacked air. The way his long, elegant fingers, lightly held the netting.
This is such a sweet romance and story. I adored it but let me back up for a minute. Lizzie is in a wheelchair. There I said it. So what is romantic about that? Plenty and I’ll tell you why. One of my cousins has severe Cerebral Palsy. Born with it actually. He has an older brother and sister, too. We were told not to ever treat Samuel any differently than another other kid, so we didn’t. He grew up to be smarter than his siblings. Was mainstreamed in both public school and college. Graduated from Illinois University and ended up married to his caregiver. They had children (yes, the old-fashioned way) but sadly divorced. He never missed a beat in the way that approached his life and how he lived it. And yes, he is still alive and living with his parents.
So when I decided to read Lizzie and Peter’s story, I came into with my eyes wide open to her situation. I didn’t read the other two stories in the series so I didn’t know the set up beforehand. I’m so glad that I didn’t read them because I really at times wanted to slap her brother for his obsession with her. Overprotective much? It bothered me because of the way that I always treated my cousin. Without kid gloves. Just because he is in a wheelchair doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a functioning brain cell and that he uses it. Grrr. Moving on…
I really liked Lizzie’s feisty personality. I understood her and cheered for her. Peter is the perfect partner for her. Notice I didn’t say, hero. She didn’t need one. She needed a partner and she got that with him. Of course, he overstepped in bounds but in the end, when it really counted with Roberta, he was there. The creepiness of the photos and the hatred that came with Lizzie trying to go back to teaching. Small towns can be so small minded but Ms. Grant wrote it in a way that not everyone is like that.
So you may be asking if there are smexy times in the book? Well, I don’t do spoilers so you will have to find out for yourself. *wink* Lizzie wasn’t about to let that chair define her as a person and not everyone was on board with it. Ms. Grant handled that aspect of the book marvelously. It takes a while for some people to come around and then again, some just don’t. I never saw Lizzie in the chair. I saw her has a person that wants and needs just like everyone else. Peter saw that, too and I adore that about him. Plus, come on? Dev Patel lookalike? Yep, I’m in. *swoon*
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Robena Grant writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense about ordinary women thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Travel and discovering new places brings her great pleasure, and she often includes these discoveries in her stories. She is Australian by birth, lives in Southern California, and has two grown children. Robena may be contacted at: www.robenagrant.com where she blogs frequently, or follow her on social media https://twitter.com/RobenaGrant https://www.facebook.com/robenagrantauthor
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