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How did a pregnant single woman from Miami, find herself in a car wreck on a snowy Tennessee country road? And what of her rescuer? An overworked hospital administrator in a committed relationship, his whole future mapped out. Why does he feel such an attraction to this woman? The small mountain town of Beauty is the setting for this first story in the series about the Tulane family.
Garrett rescues a very pregnant Darcy in a snow storm and ends up taking her home after she has a check up and letting her stay in his house. There's just something about her he can't resist even though he's supposed to be getting engaged but keeps putting off asking. Their friendship develops just as his relationship with Jess is strained. Things come to a head when the baby is being born with Darcy trying to be good and pushing Garrett away.
This book is very romantic it tells a story of love and how when you think everything is wrong it can change in an instant Well written with funny bits in life can change but you have to want it and see it it's out there
The cover says, "Life in a small town is never boring," but there's plenty of boring stuff--and scarcely a whiff of scandal--in this super sweet story. "Small Town Sweetness" would've been a better title. I'm a Kay Lyons fan (I loved Brody's Redemption!) but I wasted my time reading this one.
Here's the plot. Garret Tulane--a handsome attorney and hospital administrator--rescues Darcy (who's very pregnant and alone) when she wrecks her car in a snowstorm on her way to Indiana. Garret is such a sweet guy, first taking her to the hospital to be examined and then to his house, since all of the motels are full (naturally).
The snowstorm confines them together for a few days--a possible whiff of scandal--but Garret's brother also lives there, so what's the big deal? Nothing happens between them, though she does give Garret a massage (she's an aromatherapist). When the storm clears, Garret takes Darcy to live with his sweet grandmother until her damaged car can be repaired, which takes several weeks.
Garret is almost engaged to beautiful, sweet Jocelyn, but his growing attraction to Darcy makes him reluctant to pop the question. Meanwhile, his best friend, Tobias, makes a move on Jocelyn (he even crawls through her bedroom window, for Pete's sake!). I swear, these folks behave like teenagers much of the time. This silliness goes on for a while, as Jocelyn gradually falls in love with Tobias and Darcy falls in love with Garret. It's mildly interesting but hardly scandalous.
Will Garret be furious with Tobias for stealing Jocelyn? Heck, no! This sweet guy doesn't have an angry bone in his body, and besides, he's really in love with Darcy. The predictable ending is oh-so-sweet. Darcy has a beautiful baby girl and marries Garret in a perfect wedding attended by all of his loving relatives. Garret and Tobias open a law firm together, and they all live Happily Ever After.
The book is definitely sweet and clean, with no swearing and no sex (except for a few kisses). If you don't mind a boring, predictable plot, this might be worth your while. I won't be reading more of this series, because these sweet Tulanes don't need taming!
Just one final complaint: The cover is awful. The woman looks considerably older than Darcy's twenty-five years, with hair that doesn't resemble Darcy's "riot of soft blond curls." I almost passed on the book because of the cover. Now I wish I had. Two stars overall.
Darcy got pregnant by a loser, and she headed toward her flakey mother (who's always chasing after a boyfriend) who promised to help. On the way there, her car slid off the road in a snow storm, and she was rescued by Garrett, attorney and hospital administrator, who has a steady girlfriend Rachel, who is creating her own art studio. With no hotel room available and snow storm not letting up, Garrett offered up his guest room. But his generosity was viewed as scandalous by the small town, esp. when the hospital owner wants his daughter Rachel (Garrett's girlfriend) married ASAP. What Garrett didn't know is his best friend and fellow lawyer Tobias, a guy from the "wrong side of the tracks", has the hots for Rachel, despite her father's hostility. But he can't betray his best friend... Or is that really betrayal, when it's clear (to Tobias) that Rachel and Garrett were never in love?
Wow, the self-denial is thick in this book. It seems the ONLY one who's honest about his/her own feelings is Tobias (and Garrett's grandma, but she's not the major character). He wants Rachel. Rachel thought she's in love with Garrett, even though she just wants independence from her overbearing "women should be married" father. Garrett thought he's in love with Rachel, but it's more friendship than love, not to mention his boss (and her father) keeps threatening him with his job or his brother's job (who's a surgeon in the hospital) if he doesn't marry his daughter ASAP. Even Darcy wasn't sure what she wanted. She doesn't want to disrupt Garrett's life, but she's involved nonetheless. Add Garrett's sweet but hard grandma, and Darcy's mother flaking out, and you have the darkest hour where Garrett had to make a decision before Darcy tries to leave, despite late-term pregnancy. If you can look past the ton of self-denial ("I'm not in love with...") the book is actually quite good. Though the evil dad's attitude was never explained nor karma applied.