Tree-huggin’, animal-lovin’ Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Well, two. First she has to come to terms with being a widow at thirty-three. After all, it’s been four years and even her five-year-old niece and nephew think it’s time she shed her widow’s weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family’s estate—a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won’t turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park.
Enter J. C. Dirk, a high-energy developer from Atlanta whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. When he doesn’t return her calls, Bridget decides a personal visit is in order. Unfortunately, J. C. Dirk is neither amused nor interested when she interrupts his meeting—until she mentions her family name. In short order, he finds himself in North Carolina, and Bridget has her white knight—in more ways than one. But there are things Bridget doesn’t know about J. C., and it could mean the end of everything she’s worked for…and break her heart.
There are a select group of authors that are my go-to women if I am looking for guaranteed fits of hysteria with simultaneous poignancy, and Tamara Leigh has been a long time patron of this group. Her wit is sharp, her emotions sweet, her storylines complex, and her heroines realistic.
Bridget Pipwick has stormed the pages of the two preceding books in this series and has finally been granted a whole book of her own. Bridget is by far my favourite of the Pickwick cousins. Her tough veneer, or “widow weeds” as it is referred to in the book, is slowly and persistently chipped away by her quirky family and a very handsome and insightful land developer. Bridget’s grief is tangible and not something that can be overcome according to society’s timetable. Her journey of discovering that “happily ever afters” can exist is heartwarming.
Even though I figured out J.C’s secret within the first few pages, I still anticipated when Bridget would discover the truth. This was one of those spoiler moments that you just had to see for yourself because you knew that fireworks were going to blow, and it was not a disappointment.
A great summer read for readers of Tamara Leigh new and old!
*book provided by PR for review consideration**