Chloe Lawson is basking in the black as her upstart bakery starts to take off, when she receives shocking news from the building's owner that her lease is being terminated to make way for a large grocery chain. Having worked at that same chain years earlier, she vows not to let their "fakery" put her out of business. Seeking legal advice, she meets John Moretti, who advises her she has no legal recourse. But Chloe ignites a spark in widower John, and he decides to try to at least get compensation for her so that she is financially stable when she starts over... and it gives him a good reason to spend time with her. As their worlds collide in more ways than one, the duo finds love along the way and closure to their pasts.
Readers may find the Moretti name familiar - sister Franci was featured in "All the Right Angles," which lays some foundation for the close-knit Boise family, but both novels can stand on their own. Holm is one of the few authors that can write believable and undated romances for the over 40 crowd. While I liked the story, I did not feel connected with the secondary romance featuring her grandmother and felt that her foray into suspense lacked... suspense. Overall - it's a 3.5 star read.
© Tracy Vest, February 2009