Title: Wait for It
By: Jenn McKinlay
ISBN: 0593101375 (ISBN13: 9780593101377)
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would like nothing more than to run away from her current life. She’s not even thirty years old, twice-divorced, and has just dodged a marriage proposal… from her ex-husband. When she’s offered her dream job as creative director at a cutting-edge graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.
When she arrives in the Valley of the Sun, Annabelle is instantly intrigued by her anonymous landlord. Based on the cranky, handwritten notes Nick Daire leaves her, she assumes he is an old, rich curmudgeon. Annabelle is shocked when she finally meets Nick and discovers that he’s her age and uses a wheelchair. Nick suffered from a stroke a year ago, and while there’s no physical reason for him not to recover, he is struggling to overcome the paralyzing fear that has kept him a prisoner in his own home.
Despite her promise to herself not to get involved, Annabelle finds herself irresistibly drawn to Nick. And soon she wonders if she and Nick might help each other find the courage to embrace life, happiness, and true love. (Goodreads)
Wait for It by Jenn McKinlay is a romance, but that is not all that it is. It is also a heart felt story of overcoming obstacles to ones’ own better life. But don’t be fooled – there are comedic elements as well. In my estimation – an all around great book. Good storyline that kept this reader totally engaged from page one to the final page.
Annabelle Martin, the lead female protagonist, has just had to fend of another proposal from her first ex-husband Jeremy (and yes – she has a second ex-husband named Greg). Previously to this dinner with Jeremy, Annabelle’s good friend, Sophie Vasquez, co-owner with her husband Miguel, of a graphic design firm, had called to offer Sophie a position as creative director in Phoenix. How timely was this offer? VERY, since she has to break her Jeremy’s heart again and thwart his intent to propose over dinner – after of course swallowing the engagement ring (accidentally). What better way than to avoid but this unpleasantness than to leave town for a job!
In Phoenix, Annabelle has secured a temporary home at the “estate” of the illusive Nick Daire. Essentially a” sweet little guest house on his property”. But what comes with this rental is quite funny – a long list of do’s and don’ts. And the list gets longer as Annabelle pushes the limits. Not surprisingly, Annabelle does not meet the recluse until many, many chapters have passed and a few infractions occur from the “Don’t list”. One of which is the taking in of a stray cat (now named “Sir”), a very cute tuxedo with attitude.
Annabelle has some challenges work wise, the least of which are some questionably acting employee’s who are intent on thwarting her success in her new position. Jealous much? These actions also stir up some corporate strife. The rest will be revealed as you read this lovely book yourself!
I chuckled when I read the following (definitely got a sense of who Annabelle is ☺) as don’t we all know someone who runs on their own timeclock?:
“I was walk-jogging because I was late. Little-known fact, I, Annabelle Martin, am always late….In my defense, my lateness is not on purpose. I’m not trying to be rude, it’s just that my comprehension of the human construct of time is marginal at best…. As an artist, I’m constantly distracted by the details that most people can filter out.”
By my estimation there is lots of activity, intrigue and romance in Wait for It. An all around fulsome story which caught my attention early on and kept me reading with anticipation until the end. Does not hurt that there was a cute cat in the mix ☺If you enjoy rom com at its best, then I suggest picking up Wait for It by Jenn McKinlay, make a cup of tea (or whatever beverage you like actually), get comfy and read. You will not be disappointed.