Only You by Deborah Grace Staley
Release date: 2009 / 240 pages
Synopsis (from review cover): A sweet and charming romance about the lives and loves of people in a small Tennessee town. In the tradition of Debbie Macomber.
First line: “It was one of those days.”
Review: If you are in the mood for a sweet, light-hearted romance set in a small town that has not quite embraced the twenty-first century, then this is the book for you! Only You is full of character development and good, ol’ fashioned romance.
In fact, to demonstrate what I mean, I will include three passages that will provide a representative taste of Only You:
From the Epilogue:
Seriously, folks, I hope you enjoyed gettin’ to know a few of my neighbors here in Angel Ridge. Some of us might put on airs every now and then, but at heart, we all care and watch out for one another. Well, most of us anyway. It’s like family. You’re not always gonna see eye to eye. You might make each other crazy from time to time — maybe even most of the time — but in the end, you’re still family. Towns, like families, are important. They’re at the heart of who we are. At the end of the day, I feel blessed to call Angel Ridge home.
And here’s a taste of the actual story:
Without hesitation, he took her hand, which had never worked on anything harder than a computer keyboard, and engulfed his, that had known nothing but physical labor from the time he was a boy…
She turned her head and pressed her warm, soft lips against his palm. He wanted to kiss her so badly he couldn’t see straight. He grabbed a fist full of the blanket. The wool scratched his palm. Dear Lord. He needed a cold shower. Now.
Personally, this genre isn’t really my cup of tea, but I do think readers who enjoy this sort of romance would enjoy Only You. Sometimes we all are in the mood for a predictable, precious little love story and this would fit that bill.
Sound appealing? Leave me a comment and I’ll choose a winner by Saturday. (By the way, this is in manuscript form rather than in the form of a traditional novel).