Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—
Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn’t easier said than done.
Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.
In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn’t easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love.
Review: I really love the Blue Heron series after reading the first book of Honor’s sister Faith. I found that that book made me laugh so hard at some scenes so was so excited to get a chance to review this book. And as I started reading, I was laughing so hard I had to read it out loud to my partner. Droog Dragul was my favorite character, or Googy or Mrs. Johnson, I suddenly can’t decide.
I have nothing bad to say about reading this book, I really enjoyed every aspect of the writing. The characters were real, desperate, had chemistry as a whole town, and made me laugh so hard. Kristin Higgins is one talented author when it comes to small town characters, especially with the slapstick. What she does best, is the grandparents who are appear as part of the conflict in both books, and not many books do that.
My favorite scene was the catfight between Honor and her friend. I really hated her friend and felt sorry for her, so I enjoyed how she stuck up for herself throughout the book whenever Honor had to deal with her. I can’t say anything more to spoil it, but Honor is one gutsy, strong woman who takes control of her own destiny instead of complaining. I felt myself cheering for her up to the end as she was quite the asset to the town.
Her “pretend” fiancé Tom was a bit passive, but he was a very good “unofficial father” to Charlie and to me, he was a father to lust over next to his accent. He struggles so hard throughout the book to bond and connect with him, and I hope there are more men like Tom. Honest, genuine, and good.
Favorite Quote: “Honor had definitely ruled out marriage and children with Droog Dragul. In addition to the faint fear that he was going to throw his head back and start howling, or start counting things.”