on February 7th 2017
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A kiss to last a lifetime
Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden’s image on the famed bridge—local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love—as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to recreate the moment with the woman he once kissed: Laurel Stone.
Recently divorced, there’s nothing Laurel wants less than to pretend happily-ever-after with Aiden. As teenagers, their romance was no fairy tale—and Laurel has never quite forgiven Aiden for breaking her heart. But now that she is back in her hometown, and keeps bumping into police officer Aiden, Laurel can’t deny that there’s still a strong flicker between her and her old flame. Could it be that the Kissing Bridge is working its magic on Laurel and Aiden—and that all true love ever needed was a second chance?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Somebody Like You is the first book in the Darling, VT series by Donna Alward. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last.
This story is about Aiden Gallagher, a police officer in the small town of Darling. He’s been hurt in love before, and has decided that love and marriage aren’t for him. It’s also the story of Laurel Stone. She had a well paid job in the city, but after a humiliating divorce decided to move home to Darling, both to lick her wounds, and to start up a Gardening/nursery store.
Things don’t start out well when Laurel discovers her store has been broken into, money taken from the safe, and all the plants, pots and all have all been smashed in the outdoor gardening section. It’s bad enough to deal with that, but then she also meets Aiden when he comes in response to her call to the police. I say meet, but the problem is that they have met before, in fact they grew up together. She ended up having the biggest crush on him, and when she thought her dreams were coming true when they were teenagers, they were crushed. He had gone on a date with her, things got hot and steamy, only for her to discover that Aiden had only done it for a bet. It wasn’t long after that heart break that she left Darling and her heart break behind.
Seeing him again brought back the bad memories for her. For Aiden, he remembered having a milk shake tipped on his head by her, and then neither of them speaking to each other again. He thought and hoped by now it would be water under the bridge, after all they were adults now. Unfortunately Laurel has a long memory and hasn’t forgiven him. A shame really because the more time he spends with her, the more time he wants to spend with her.
Laurel definitely still has feelings for him, but after her messy divorce and still smarting from what happened in high school she fights Aiden’s attempts at a reconciliation. Will he be able to heal her broken heart, and prove to her that they could be good together? Or will both their pasts hinder any future they could have together?
This was a beautiful love story. A story of lost hope, broken hearts, and the work that goes into mending those broken hearts. The setting in the small town was wonderful, both because the closeness of family and friends is wonderful, but also because even among the gossiping busy bodies that all small towns seem to have, Aiden and Laurel try to move past their histories, and move forward. There is also a very nice moral lesson to be learned with a homeless character named George, kudos to the author for writing him into the story. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.