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What a fantastic read!!
Great read about a playboy named Carter who loves his aunt. When he finds out how sick she is, that she is terminal, he rushes to be with her.
Carter is desperate to make his aunt’s last days smooth and peaceful. Only way he knows to do that is tell her that he is engaged- engaged to the girl that raised both him and her-Lauren Olsen.
Lauren has no one in her life, save Aunt Dorothy. She does anything that she asks because she wants to show her love for Aunt Dorothy, even though she didn’t have to. She is a very compassionate, smart and outgoing woman. She did for others , yet when it came to herself, and her love for Carter, she held that in and kept that a secret because she had already been hurt before by Carter and didn’t want to hurt anyone by her feelings and wanted to keep Aunt Dorothy’s last days happy ones.
In the past, Carter and Lauren had been raised together and had some sort of relationship but Carter bailed and moved away to build his company and make a name for himself. He left Lauren, and she just kept that hurt to herself .
What drove me nuts about this story was the cousin in law, Allison. She was always putting down Lauren, always telling her that she was a nobody and that she was “ just the help”. She said this in front of Carter and Aunt Dorothy. They never stood up for her and I was so mad about that. I really wished that would have stood up for her and delivered the “smackdown” to this witch. Down the road , something does happen to Alison but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
I do love this story and how it takes the reader on a journey, Carter and Lauren’s journey and where it ends. I would love to see a story come down the road for Lauren’s friend Sophie. She is awesome sounding and a story for her would be great.
My rating: 4.3 starts ****
As for Lauren, it was better thinking of Carter when he was miles away, but having him near was detrimental to her peace of mind. Not to mention his sudden outburst with the lies of their engagement. She must remember that this was Carter, the one who broke her heart when she was 18, the one who didn't believe in commitment & ever-afters and their engagement was just for the sake of his ailing grandmother.
She agreed to what he wanted, just to appease the aunt who was like her second mother when she lost her family. After all, it would only stay inside the family, or so she was promised UNTIL Carter brought it up, made it public to save the family business.
NO FALLING IN LOVE. But how can she not fall in love with him - when he was all she ever wanted? She tried to stop it, tried to tell her heart not to fall, - but it was futile. How can she protect her heart when it won't listen to her?
I love the pacing of the story - it wasn't draggy or overly fast. It was short and I finished this in one sitting. There were a lot of sweet moments to swoon for, some mini-heartbreaks, a public grand gesture for the groveling and a lovely ending. A great read in a cold afternoon or a day in the beach.
Enter Lauren - a blast from his past that he's never quite forgotten or gotten out of his system. She's an art PhD (which I totally loved) and is trying so very very hard to prove herself to the world. One of Carter's not so nice relatives insists on calling her "the help" and I just wanted to haul off and slap her each time. She was such a sweetheart that I couldn't stand anyone being mean to her.
So, in order to put the dying Aunt's heart at peace, Carter and Lauren pretend an engagement - not the most original plot, but there are some very fun twists and turns in this one. What was supposed to be a small lie kept in the family quickly snowballs out of control.
The ending was very touching and some of you may cry. You can really tell that the family cares for each other and just didn't quite now how to show it at times. The final scene was quite beautiful and made for the perfect ending.
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*