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Alice Cramer is tired of being pitied for her family’s transgressions, so she resolves to break out of the gutter and into the spotlight. As long as her local congressman can forget about their checkered past and help her secure a federal grant to open Harmony Falls Little Theatre, she’ll be the brightest star in town. But when Alice stands up in church and stops the congressman’s wedding, she dives headfirst into fresh scandal.
Why is Harmony Fall’s golden boy, Justin Mitchell, speeding down the interstate sans a new wife but with the local drama queen he’s been trying his whole life to avoid? Alice Cramer may have saved him the hassle of an arranged marriage to a woman he didn’t love, but she’s also put a business transaction big enough to save an entire town in jeopardy—not to mention his reputation.
Soon Alice and Justin are dredging up and indulging in an attraction that threatens all their dreams and aspirations. But what if life together is the dream that matters most?
Always the outsider in town Alice Cramer has been in love with favorite son and now congressman Justin Mitchell, when she stands up to stop his wedding to someone else it is the start of a crazy adventure for her and for Justin. Both coming to terms with the future as well as the past and what they mean to each other.
Alice is an impulsive and sometimes zany character who has her heart in the right place. Justin is the middle son who feels like he has to live up to an impossible standard in living up to his fathers dreams. With class differences in a small town the unlikely pair are drawn to each other but have fought it to keep up appearances.
The book has a bit of a Cinderella twist at the end and over all was a good read. I can see a set up for future books in at least one of the secondary characters so we will have to keep and eye out for a second book with this family.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
Elley has been reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year-old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. She started her first manuscript when she was twenty-five, writing during babies’ naps. A total of three children and ten years later, the manuscript was complete. Little did she know, her journey to publication was only beginning…