ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Review Copy provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…
When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.
For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
When I was a teenager in Albany, New York I desperately wanted to be from Vermont. It had everything good about upstate New York, but it was cleaner, prettier, and just plain cooler. All that made it so much more romantic than the Albany area. My husband and I took a couple of weekends there when we were in grad school, and he went to college there so he knew his way around. It was possible, even, that we would end up living there when we got married but, we ended up in Vermont’s coastal cousin, Maine instead.
But, whenever we drive west in the summertime, we still like to take the scenic route throughout the Green Mountain State. Much of Vermont remains as pristine as it was umpteen years ago, and it remains a magical place with a romantic “moose-tique.”
Marie Force’s new book brought back all my Vermont desires and dreams of snowy peaks, sugar bush, bubbling brooks, and lush green forests. And, a whole family of hot and wholesome Vermonters greets you in the first few pages. It’s like a clan of modern day Highlanders, minus the kilts, swords and accents, took up residence in Vermont just to grace the pages of this book. The Abbotts are noble, strong, emotional, attractive, funny, flannel and jeans clad men and women in a modern day landscape of retail, agriculture and tourism fighting the battle against encroaching technology. Instead of an English woman, the antagonist is technology, personified by the character, Cameron, a billionaire’s daughter from New. York. City.
While the main story focuses beautifully on a budding romance between Cameron and Will Abbott, son of the Laird, I mean store owner, his siblings and parents play an important part in the story and in the step ups for at least two, maybe three, more books in this series.
It takes a while for the story to heat up, and unlike the many flavors of the nearby Ben and Jerry’s factory, it stays pretty vanilla, and is always passionate, respectful and loving. The relationship is, all on its own, very hot and intense, filled with smoldering looks, fluttering insides and tingles of anticipation. Honestly, I know I make it sound funny, but it took my breath away.
Humor plays an important part in tempering the story’s potential towards taking on the sugar content of the state’s famous maple syrup. It is, in other words, a sweet story that doesn’t take each of those smoldering looks seriously. Wisdom, something often found on mountains by seekers, is also an important part of the story.
But, the Abbott family, with its ten children, Beatles-loving father, and amazing mother is not all sweetness and light: one sister is a war widow, another is kind of cranky and sassy, the brothers include some loners and one strangely haberdashing CFO.
Intriguing and thoroughly developed, the heroine is less typical than most modern gal characters; she has to remember her Ritalin, and wears suede boots to mud season. Her father is a billionaire but she went to community college and worries about making her small company’s payroll.
Will is a little more typical, but no less hot. He’s generous, passionate and noble. Who knew there was so much passion in Vermont? The great characters made me want to move to Vermont immediately to track down this family and match them up with younger, single friends — kind of how reading one of the Highlander stories makes me want to organize trips for my single girlfriends to Scotland.
I loved the subtlety Force brings to the story of bringing a web designer to Vermont and placing her in a place where it is hard to get a cell signal and people still use (stage whisper) land lines. When she is forced to adapt, can you guess what will happen? There’s a lot of irony surrounding the tech aspect of the story.
There are books you read with an occasional tear but which you finish with a happy sigh, a smile and a wish that it were longer. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE is one of those books; I enjoyed it so much. I call it a MUST READ.
I liked this so much I want to share it with you. I am giving away one copy for kindle or nook via the US stores for Amazon or Barnes and Noble. And then BERKLEY agreed to give away one print copy. US SHIPPING ONLY ON THAT ONE (second Raffle Copter). THANKS TO PENGUIN/BERKLEY!
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I also want to mention that Marie and Berley/Penguin have an amazing giveaway going on at her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor