Starting Over on Blackberry Lane: A Romance Novel (Life in Icicle Falls)
By Sheila Roberts
Grant Masters, a retired building contractor, bored with the monotony of leisure and fishing in Cabo, returns to Icicle Falls, Washington to do something constructive with his time. He opens Honey Do, a handyman service, and suddenly he’s in high demand. The fact that George Clooney bears a striking resemblance to Grant (it was Grant’s face first) certainly doesn’t hurt business. But Grant is still getting over the death of his wife and not quite ready for a new relationship. Still, there is plenty of interest among the town’s available ladies vying for his attention.
Grant’s sons, Dan and Matt, grew up around the construction trade. In fact, Dan took over Masters Construction in Icicle Falls when his father retired. Younger brother Matt followed a different path, working as a chef in Seattle, although now he’s returned to town temporarily to help his dad with Honey Do’s growing client list.
Three neighbors, Stefanie Stahl, Griffin James and Cass Wilkes, are all in need of Honey Do’s services, for a variety of reasons. Working in close proximity to them, Grant and Matt can’t help but be drawn into the angst and drama of their personal lives, and the guys do their best to remain helpful yet diplomatic. After all, neither of them is ready for a relationship. Right?
Book ten of Robert’s Life in Icicle Falls series continues with her clever blend of heart and humor. There are so many funny scenes and situations it’s hard to pick a favorite, or even a top ten. The characters drive the multi-layered plot with their frank conversations and even "franker" inner monologues. This is, after all, a small town. One particularly poignant subject, age and romance, is explored in Grant’s storyline, the retired widower who questions his place in the local dating pool. It’s genuine, honest and beautifully portrayed. A truly delightful story. Every. Single. Page.
Sandra Van Winkle, ReadertoReader.com
Starting Over on Blackberry Lane: A Romance Novel
(Life in Icicle Falls)
By: Sheila Roberts
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