Published March 7th 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
I was happy to be back in Darling ! “Someone to Love” tells us the story of Willow Dunaway, a lively café-owner, and Ethan Gallagher, the broody single dad of two energetic little boys. In her endearing style, Donna Alward has delivered a cast of appealing characters and an emotional plot.
Willow is a busy bee, but tries to adopt a zen attitude in all circumstances. She is Laurel’s best friend and is often invited to Gallagher’s family gathering. Her interactions with the eldest Gallagher brother, Ethan, are tense at first. Ethan is a widower, father to two young boys. His life has been torn apart by his wife’s death, and he tends to be grumpy and bad-tempered. But his two boys enjoy Willow’s company and they spend more and more time together.
Willow is on her own, but she has always longed for a loving and close-knit family like the Gallagher. Willow and Ethan are both conflicted by the attraction they feel for each other. Willow has built herself a serene life and although she comes across as uncomplicated, she wants to avoid feeling too much. She has been hurt before and doesn’t trust easily. But she is not immune to Ethan’s charm, despite her best effort. Ethan is grieving and intends to keep things casual between them, but doesn’t succeed. It took me some time to warm up to this character, but I loved when he finally lowered his guard and let Willow see his trueself.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written story, I have to mention that the author introduced a final twist I was not so keen on.
There was a lot of push and pull between Willow and Ethan, feelings of insecurities, grief and trust issues to overcome. Willow and Ethan’s story was a bumpy and emotional ride!
With this second installment in her Darling series, Donna Alward celebrates the importance of family and friendship to find one’s path in life. I enjoy the charming small town vibe and the attaching characters of this series. And two adorable little boys definitely stole the show in this sweet and emotional story.
An advanced copy of this book was kindly provided to me by publisher St Martin’s Press, via NetGalley.