Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Almost Summer by Susan Mallery

Ever since she was young, Paige McLean has longed to see the world. Still, she never imagined the world would land on her doorstep in the form of a charming British surgeon who needs a place to stay when his plans fall through.

After a devastating loss, Alistair Woodbury has vowed to live his life alone. But in all his travels, he hasn't encountered a town as welcoming as Fool's Gold, nor a woman as caring—or as beautiful—as Paige. Her compassion warms him almost as much as their stolen kisses.

When it's Alistair's time to leave, will his brief visit turn into a lifetime stay?

"Almost Summer" is a great little novella to gear us up for the next trilogy in the Fool's Gold series. We were briefly introduced to Alistair in book #5 in the series and it was nice for him to get his own story. Actually, this story and these characters were so engaging, I wish that they would have gotten their own full-length book!

I like the appeal of a novella but when you have the potential for a great story with characters who have some deep issues, it leaves the reader feeling a little gipped and cheated - and rushed. 

While not a full-length, it's a great story; enjoyable from start to finish and you don't need to have read the rest of the series to enjoy it.

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