Recently sickness encouraged me to seek comfort from my keeper books. So here are a few I always enjoy.
From Friends to Forever
Silhouette Special Edition 8/09
Tony Vaccaro is an all-Italian Northeastern male who loves his children. Therefore, he does housework, even toilets. Hungarian Lili Szabo is visiting her aunt and his uncle after her mother’s death. Widowed Tony has three well drawn adorable daughters who, along with him, would benefit from a traditional wife and helpmate. Sooner would be better as his wealthy in-laws miss their only child. They could afford to raise their grandchildren and are young enough to do a good job.
Templeton fills this book with snappy dialogue—some Hungarian, some Jersey shore, and some kid speak, all done to perfection by a great ear mimicking with the best.
Where Templeton excels is getting us to care for two ordinary young people showing promises of greatness whose final careers are not flashy or high income but satisfying and well-suited to these nice people. Their shared love of family is touching. They surmount serious obstacles to earn their Happily Ever After (HEA).
For authors-in-training struggling to write dialogue, perhaps a study of this book or the author’s other books would prove informative.
Married by Midnight
Harlequin American 2/00
This American Romance is well-plotted. Tension layers up throughout the book. The premise is simple. Are the best man and bridesmaid a couple in the legal sense when they wake up in the bridal suite?
With the bride from Irish uniform class and the groom from Boston bluebloods, the author uses stereotypes but bends them enough to keep an interesting read and a fresh ending.
About eighteen years ago, “CBS 48 Hours” did a live story on an author getting the call from Harlequin books. This is the book.
Kent provided a solid and different hook: two single type-A personalities with no time to date flirting on an airplane. As they disembark, he hands her his business card. On the back is written, “Call me.”
Gardner Barnes and Harley Golden find love finds a way despite each running a profitable business. With love, they slay dragons under the skilled pen of realistic obstacles and great characters to enjoy HEA.
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Reviewed by Robyn Daniels