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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Somewhere I Belong by Wendi Zwaduk

Somewhere I Belong by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Genre- Contemporary
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Sullavan Tanner walked away from Jarvis, Ohio, afraid to give his heart to the woman he loved. He lived the rock and roll lifestyle, but never quite made it to the big time. Fifteen years later, he’s back and ready to claim what’s his—if she’ll accept his help.

Marley Lockwood’s done asking for help. The family farm is more than she can handle, but if she can survive a cancer scare, the loss of her parents, the abandonment by her first love, and a messy divorce, she can handle anything.

Until Sully shows up.

Although she’s not interested in rekindling the love affair, she’s not above accepting Sully’s hands on the farm. What’s the worst that could happen? They get the farm out of the red and into the black? That’s her plan. They actually fall in love? The past says it won’t work, so she’s not hedging her bets.

Too bad Sully’s not giving up this time.

One thing I loved about this story was it’s true to life feel with two characters who both have a less than rosy past trying to take the next step in their lives. And what better way to do that then to rediscover each other.

I loved the opening with Sully jumping in his car and heading out for a new beginning, contemplating the past but with high hopes for the future. Ms. Zwaduk did a wonderful job with describing the small town setting and the farm which Marley owns and where Sully finds work. Both these characters were well drawn and likeable. It’s always fun to see characters who have loved and lost, reconnect. Sully is sexy and I wanted to nudge Marley to give him, first the job, and secondly, another chance with her.

My one complaint, I didn’t want this story to end. I would liked to have seen this turned into a longer story so these two could interact some more. The pacing is fast so it’s a quick read. I was completely involved in their lives and wasn't ready to leave.

If you’re looking for a story set in small town America with characters you could easily meet in real life I’d recommend you read this one.

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