Monday, May 18, 2015

Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle

Book Blurb:

Katherine Barclift had it all: the perfect job, the perfect car, and what she thought was the perfect marriage. But when her entire world collapses in one stomach-churning instant, she hits the road and keeps driving until that so-called “perfect life” is just a dot in her rearview mirror.

A chance encounter leads her to make a pit stop in Boot Creek, a drowsy little North Carolina town where she can call herself Katy, soak up the peace and quiet…and drink in the bluer-than-blue eyes of Derek Hansen, a local doctor still wrestling with his own painful past. Both Katy and Derek are wary about giving romance another shot, but they can’t deny the intense attraction between them. And if being in Boot Creek has taught them anything, it’s to take life as it comes and never pass up a chance at true love…no matter how wounded your heart may be.

My Review:

Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle made me want to move to small town Boot Creek and eat blackberries!

Boot Creek is where Katy ends up after the life she thought was perfect suddenly wasn't and she needed space.  Boot Creek is where Derek has come back to after suffering his own devastating loss.  Neither were looking for anything, but in Boot Creek they find each other.

Katy is independent, strong and stands up for herself.  She is a very capable woman who is determined to move on from perfect.  I felt that there was a strong sense of realism in how she dealt with her situation.  I also got the strong feeling that she grew so much, opened her eyes to life around her, and gained a lot of perspective as Life After Perfect progressed.  Derek has been stuck in his own past, struggling to find meaning and move on.  A chance meeting with Katy sets off sparks neither expected, and in small town Boot Creek it's easy to see a lot of each other.  I felt like they had a connection that grew steadily and the romance between them rapidly picked up speed through Life After Perfect.  It did feel like the romance was rather quick after what Katy had been through, but I liked both of these characters - even if  I felt like Katy still expected a bit of perfect, and she was keeping a big something about herself from Derek.

I wasn't sure how this story would end...would Katy go back to 'perfect' or move on to what and who she really wanted?

Nancy drew me in quickly and kept me engrossed in Katy and Derek's story.  The pace is perfect and I was never bored.  I really enjoyed the secondary character who each had something to add to Life After Perfect.

I'd recommend Life After Perfect to romance readers who especially like small towns and second chance romances!

4/5 stars

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