Hello My Dear Romantics!
Another week, another wonderful read just for you!
This week’s pick is Her Minnesota Man by Brenda Coulter. Some of you might recognize Ms. Coulter’s name from a few of her mass circulated books through Harlequin. After great success with them she decided to go on her own and independently publish this wonderful work of fiction.
In this story, we are introduced to Jackson Bell the lead guitarist and founder of the band Skeptical Heart. After years of hard living, groupies, drugs, and alcohol Jackson has finally become a Christian. The problem is he doesn’t exactly know what to do with his new-found faith and his very secular unholy band and lyrics. Jackson decides that after the last tour stop he’s going home to talk to his next door neighbor, Laney Ryland.
Laney is the quintessential girl next door. She quiet, warm-hearted, and has been secretly in love with Jackson all her life. She’s also a strong Christian woman who knows she can’t have a romantic relationship with Jackson while he is unsaved. Laney and her now deceased mother have been the only shining lights in Jackson’s life. Jackson’s mother passed away while he was still very young and his father was a verbally abusive drunk. Is it any wonder Jackson turned out the way he did?
Of course, no story is complete without a few wacky aunts to shake things up. Laney has three great aunts, Caroline, Aggie, and Millie, nicknamed The Three Graces. Triplets who have been known to put Jackson through the wringer over the years including making him wear a pink bunny costume for a fund-raiser.
(Can you just imagine a guy who is over 6 feet tall wearing a pink bunny costume!?! Too hilarious!)
So to recap we’ve got three wacky aunts, a brooding newly saved rising rock legend, and a sweet girl next door who’s desperately in love with her bad boy next door neighbor. Hmm…sounds like a beautiful, laugh out loud, fun time to me!
Will Jackson be able to figure out what to with his career? How will Laney react when she finds out that Jackson is now a Christian? Can Jackson overcome all the crud in his life to build a new life with Laney? Will the Three Graces approve of Jackson?
Gotta read the book to find out!!!
3 out of 5 stars
Great story line. Loved the real life angst that Jackson goes through. Definitely see myself reading this again a few more times
4 out of 5 stars
Not a lot of kissing scenes but, the build up to their relationship and how they finally come together is (sigh) just so romantic!