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Woman who has been essentially housebound since the death of her husband is brought back to life by a younger man who comes to the house to work on her garden.
Everyone in the town thinks she killed her husband on purpose. She hit him with her car while backing out of the garage. She doubts her innocence, too, sometimes. To escape the gossip, she stays in her house, only seeing her children, motherinlaw and sisterinlaw . . . not the best support group for her, it turns out.
Now a man has shown up in her garden and wants a job fixing it up. She's drawn to him, but doesn't want to get involved, especially with a younger man. When more rumors start, she's even less interested, but they still develop a relationship that helps her to move on, despite what other people will think of her. Great read. Unusual. For once I wasn’t sure who the “villain” was! Wonderful descriptions of love between characters. Widow has become a recluse and let the gardens around her wonderful old house go to ruin. Enter the wonderful younger man with a mysterious past who has come home. He takes on her garden and her. But is he the scary threat, too? Sure seems like he has all the opportunities to jinx everything. Very enjoyable. An 9 out of 10. This one was a bit different. The heroine had killed her husband by backing a car over him. She now has agoraphobia. The hero had been married before to a much older woman and had been accused of her murder. He falls in love with the heroine, another older woman but only by 10 years, at first sight. The hero is just convinced that they belong together. when the locals find out about the relationship, someone starts doing bad things to try to keep them apart. The hero just sticks with the heroine no matter that she tries to break up with him. I liked his persistence. The story could have been a bit clearer in spots especially regarding his previous marriage but was worth reading over all. She's housebound, judged as murderer by her hometown but not by the system.
He's there to free her, now there's a series of vandalism, could be him to make her dependable.
he's a decade her senior and makes her feel like a school girl.
someone is spreading rumors why he is in town, looking for an easy older woman to prey,
could be that the reason why he is not leaving her or there's something else in his mind. I was sure it was written in the 80s, It's so ''old Harlequin''! Laurel's not old but her age is always mentioned like she was a 100 year old woman who was dating a young man of 17.
Maybe it's because i'm not from a little village in the US but I had a hard time with the influence of the priest in this town and the book contains prejudices about AIDS and drugs that shocked me even if the author is trying to do in the politically correct.
Laurel is about 4045 in this novel, and Alec is about 3035 I believe. So there is maybe a maximum 15 year age gap. Yet it was described in the book as if she was a 60 year old predator preying on a 16 year old schoolboy! Maybe we are more tolerant to such age gaps in this day and age but honestly… it wasn’t exactly illegal and scandalous. Even less so when Alec was supposedly this worldweary adult who’d had a hard life and was – again I’ll say supposedly – quite mature.
I use the term ‘supposedly’ because I didn’t like Alec at all as a leading hero. Laurel needed someone who was sympathetic to her past, but willing to gently draw her out of her isolation and back into the world. Alec was not this man. He was about as gentle and as subtle as a sledgehammer on glass. There were two key events that really turned me against Alec; The time he takes Laurel on his bike and despite feeling her terror, forces her to endure a ride out toward the town. Then has the nerve to wonder why she is angry. Secondly – and the worst – Alec knows that Laurel hasn’t driven since she hit and killed her husband, so he makes her drive. But he forces her and manipulates her into getting behind the wheel rather than supporting her, and when she is finally driving, he throws a branch behind the car so she thinks that she has hit him and she has a full on panic attack. And he thinks that this is okay because he is teaching her a lesson??!! NO, ALEC! BAD ALEC!
Laurel was simpering and insipid. She was bullied by her husband and is still bullied by her motherinlaw, sisterinlaw and kids. She doesn’t stand up for herself or fight for herself. Every time she makes a decision, she then worries about it for a few pages because she lacks the confidence to think for herself.
Overall, it was all just a bit fluffy and light and the leading couple just weren’t likable enough to make me care.
The concept that love can fix major emotional trauma and problems is not only laughable but damaging.