Friday, June 3, 2016

[Pat's Review]: "Charmingly Yours"

Charmingly Yours by Liz Talley
Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 24, 2016)
Series: Morning Glory, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

For Rosemary Reynolds, life in tiny Morning Glory, Mississippi, is just like the fabric store she runs: it seems she’s always waiting around for someone else to make the first stitch. Then a dear childhood friend passes away, leaving behind a gift that sends Rosemary on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Despite her mother’s protests, Rosemary heads to New York City for a stay in her cousin’s trendy Soho loft. On her first day in town, a wrong turn leads her to Little Italy…and into the arms of handsome, outgoing Sal Genovese. Sal’s mother wants him to marry a longtime family friend, but to him, Rosemary is a breath of fresh country air, and he’s happy to show her a good time. Soon, Rosemary is swept up in a world she thought only existed in movies. To turn a two-week fling into a forever thing, she and Sal will have to make every moment count. 

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Pat's Review:

This is the first romantic novel I have read written by Ms. Talley. It won't be my last. Charmingly Yours is sweet, sexy and so fun to read.

Rosemary Reynolds and her two best friends have lost someone special, one of their own. They all met in junior high, and bonded over secretly watching Sex and the City. Recently Lacy Guthrie lost her battle with cancer, and left them each a message, and a box they will share. After the funeral, the women are trying to make sense of their loss. Rosemary, Eden and Jess don't know how to get past their grief. "A piece of us is gone, and inside it feels like somethings brewing. Like those aches my Granny used to get before a storm." Rosemary's letter from Lacy prodded her to stop "treading water" and get out from under her mother's thumb. It includes money for an adventure of her choosing, just for her. The opportunity drops in her lap a month later. She is going to New York City, alone, to cat sit her cousin's cats and loft. Her mother is appalled, but Rose stays strong and starts her trip for Lacy.

Sal Genovese is part of a very large boisterous Italian family, living in NYC and running their family's Italian restaurant, Mama Mellos. While handing out flyers, he encounters this beautiful, shy country girl (her accent is a clue) and is attracted immediately. He convinces the lovely Rosemary to return for dinner, and that he is not an axe murderer. She has no plans to return, but she is hungry, it's down the street, and Sal was certainly charming.  Her dream begins.

They both have baggage.....Rose's constantly interfering mother, Sal's family interfering and the very suitable Angelina his mother has chosen for him, though he's not interested. Not to mention Rose lives in Mississippi, and he in NYC.

This story is very romantic. Country girl meets city guy and they fall in love. But romance is never easy. But, true love is very strong. If you're looking for a charming, funny, happily ever after, grab this novel.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! Sounds like a perfect read for a lazy summer day!

Have you read Liz Talley?


Until Next Time,


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