A Fairytale Bride
Chapel of Love, Book #.5
By Hope Ramsay
Author’s Website: http://www.hoperamsay.com
A CHAPEL OF LOVE SHORT STORY
After a very public career disaster, journalist Jeff Talbert-Lyndon wants to escape from the world. Picturesque Shenandoah Falls, Virginia, seems like the perfect place to relax and regroup before heading back to real life. But when he discovers the charming bookstore Secondhand Prose – and its lovely, slightly overwhelmed owner- he finds a part-time job and a very tempting reason to stay…
Melissa Portman is fighting a losing battle when it comes to saving her grandmother’s store – and selling the historic building may be her only option. Yet when a handsome stranger wanders in one day, she wonders if her very own fairytale is just beginning.
A Fairytale Bride is a quick, fast pace, enjoyable romance novella. Usually I am not a huge fan of novellas because there is just not enough time to get sufficient depth to the story for my liking. I must say though that Hope Ramsay has done a good job and I did not feel like the story was lacking in any way.
Jefferson Talbert-Lyndon has run away from New York City to Shenandoah Falls as a result of an article he had written for New York, New York. He thought he had the correct intel but “So what had appeared to be a career-making scoop had turned into the blunder of the century…”. Even his father, Thomas Lyndon, the US ambassador to Japan had issued a statement in which he said that Jeff was a big time screw-up and had no business trying to be a journalist. So Jeff is staying at his father’s cabin. One day he is in town and in an effort to avoid a chance encounter with a relative, he goes into Secondhand Prose, the used bookstore in town (love the name)….where he meets the Melissa Portman.
Melissa has recently inherited her grandmother’s property and with a big tax bill looming, she may have to sell the property. The bookstore is open with Melissa running it, though very few customers were ever noted. Only two cats (Hugo and Dickens) are there when Jeff stops in the store for the first time.
Melissa gives Jeff a nickname (at least in her mind)…Mr. Professor (or Mr. Hottie Professor) – I certainly got the visual….Jeff is a hunk! A funny little quirk which I picked up on was that each day Melissa chronicles what Jeff is wearing.
Jeff and Melissa begin to bond and then things begin to really heat up. An eventful (i.e. sizzling) walk is all I am going to say. ☺ As in any good love story, there are some trials and tribulations. Jeff lies by omission. He has a good reason, but as one knows, lying is never the answer. Luckily after a night of libations and some girl talk, Melissa decides to have a talk with Jeff. And Jeff wants to have a talk with Melissa as well… and….well….you will just have to read this gem of a novella for yourself.
This is my first exposure to the writings of Hope Ramsay and I dare say, it shall not be my last. I shall wait for the continuation of this series with the next book, A Christmas Bride.