Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations
by V. Joy Palmer
Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she’ll be fine.
But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what’s left of their family’s legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon shes forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother’s renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.
This book is the first I’ve read by this author. It felt a bit like I was jumping into the middle of a story…and then after I started reading, I discovered that this is the second book in a series. (Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations comes first) It read ok as a stand-alone, but some things would have made a bit more sense had I read the other one first.
This was definitely more of a romantic comedy or a YA story.
Apryl, the main character, has lots of issues, mainly that she does not believe in herself. But there are reasons for this.
Mostly because of Chance….or rather, his dad. Way back in her teens, she was ‘told where her place was’ and she never forgot that. Chance is however, unaware of this, and can’t understand why she’s always held him at arms length.
Now, they are forced to work together, and at the beginning, it’s only a tentative truce…..but then, the story continues… and well, you’ll have to read it…
I liked the progression of the characters, and found the story line enjoyable.
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