Friday, June 11, 2010

ALMOST PERFECT - Susan Mallery (Book 2 Fools Gold Series)

No one writes a love story like author Susan Mallery as it’s not only the romance, it’s how she creates strong characters who tug at your heart. They are beautiful stories about family and how they work through their secrets, hurts, misunderstandings, but in the end they worked through their “stuff” giving them that happy ending they so desperately needed. And that’s how the author takes her readers on the journey that makes Mallery’s Almost Perfect ”a perfect romance”. In this case Susan Mallery not only gave the hero and heroine their happy ending, she also gave her son and her nieces the loving home they all deserved.

As the old say goes “when fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade” and that’s what happened to Liz Sutton when the love of her life Ethan Hendrix denied knowing her, telling his friends he would never date a girl like her. Liz was a sweet young woman who had grown up on the wrong side of the tracks with a mother who was not only a drunk but had a different man in her bed every night. On top of that her mother was abusive to her and the towns residents of Fools Gold instead of stepping in, chose to ignore how she was being raised. Liz was extremely smart, and tried to ignore the barbs and rumours that she was a “slut”. The only positive thing in her life was Nathan, the boy she loved, the same boy who promised they would be together in college. And then in front of his friends he hurt her by denying their relationship and Liz left Fools Gold and went to San Francisco.

Ethan Hendrix can’t believe Liz Sutton was back in Fools Gold and he wondered why. When he found out that he had a son he never knew about, let’s just say not only Ethan went on that roller coaster ride of emotions, so did Liz, the Hendrix family and his son Tyler. Liz not only had to deal with Ethan being back in her life, telling her son about his father, she also had to deal with her brother’s girl’s who were without parents because her brother was in prison, their step-mother skipped out, leaving her nieces without money, food and alone in a falling down house she was left to remodel.

Talk about a strong heroine….Liz was amazing and on top of that a New York Times best selling mystery author. On her own she not only raised a wonderful son, she became a huge success and faced a man from her past, the entire town of Fools Gold and their snide remarks. She was the glue that held the family together, she was fierce in her love for her son and in the end would she sacrifice that love to make sure everyone was happy? I loved this character Liz Sutton and will remember her for sometime to come and you will as well as Almost Perfect gives those who read it so many lessons in life to think about. There was one particular one for me and that was when we know something is wrong in someones life, do we reach out to help that person? Think about it, I sure did.

As for Ethan Hendrix, you will travel along with him on his complicated journey. At times your heart will ache for what he missed out on, how he comes to terms with secrets, betrayal and how he learned what was important in his life. Through into the mix, how the residents of Fools Gold all came together with a cast of amazing towns folks as only Susan Mallery can pen. Almost Perfect is Book 2 in Mallery’s Fools Gold series with the next book being Finding Perfect. This series is one I’m sincerely looking forward to and getting to know the rest of the residents in Fools Gold, California.

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Book Description:

Back in high school, Liz Sutton was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Then she’d stolen the heart of the most popular boy in town, and their secret romance helped her through the worst of times. Until Ethan Hendrix betrayed her and everything they’d ever meant to each other. Devastated and pregnant, Liz left Fool’s Gold, California – forever, she thought…

Now Liz must return to town and face the man who doesn’t know of their son’s existence. And this time she won’t have the option of making a quick getaway. Ethan and Liz can’t deny their passionate attraction, even after all these years. But will their desire be enough to spark a second chance at love?


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