Nelly O’Malley is heading home for Thanksgiving. As the only unmarried child, she is facing a lot of pressure to get married and start producing grandchildren. She’d told her family she was bringing her boyfriend, but they’ve broken up by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.
Jack O’Dell is a widower who has been concentrating on his business after losing his family years earlier. When Nelly’s car crashes on the slick roads, Jack rescues her and drives her to the family home. She persuades him to join them for Thanksgiving dinner as a thank-you, not realizing her family will mistakenly believe he is the boyfriend they’ve been told about, and they love him. Luckily, Jack agrees to play along and the heat rises between them. But when she finds out that the car accident was no accident, she has to discover if Jack was her savior or trying to kill her.
Review: With plenty of sizzling action, author Diane Leyne delivers a contemporary story of two strangers thrown together by accident. Jack O’Dell unwittingly slips into the role of Nelly O’Malley’s boyfriend during a family visit. As they get to know each other, the sparks continue to fly.
In this quick read, there is a ribbon of suspense woven into the story line. An investigation into Nelly’s accident reveals that it was no accident, which forces her to consider Jack as a possible suspect. The only question is whether their budding relationship can withstand the pressure caused by the uncertainty.
The characters are well developed, especially Jack. He has had his share of heartache in the past, which drew me to him. By the end of the story, the author had me rooting for the couple, hoping they would have a shot at a happily-ever-after.