Friday, August 28, 2015

The Secret Son (Secrets of Cherry Lake) by Joan Kilby Review


A birthday card out of the blue from his estranged father sends successful Seattle marketing man Alex Chernoff on a detour to Cherry Lake in search of answers about his past. A day, maybe two, to tie up loose strings and he’ll be out of there, heading for Mexico, margaritas and blondes in bikinis.

Emma Stanhope is all too familiar with hot, rich, entitled guys like Alex. They never hang around for long, especially not for a Plain Jane like herself. No problem. She’s smart and logical, like any good scientist, and knows better than to lose her heart.

What Emma doesn’t count on is chemistry—of the romantic kind. What Alex doesn’t count on is meeting the girl who’ll make him want to change his ways. But when he learns that he’s a secret from his father’s real family, he can’t stay in Cherry Lake… even if he wants to.

Will love be enough to convince Alex to stay… for good?

My Review: 

A heartwarming small town romance. 

On Alex Chernoff's thirtieth birthday, he gets a card from the father he hasn't heard from in fifteen years.  Alex decides to forgo his Mexican vacation to go to Cherry Lake to see his father.  When he finds out his father is out of town for a medical appointment, Alex decides to stay in town and help at the orchard picking cherries until his father returns and he can talk to him.  No one knows Alex is Robert Jackson's secret son.

Emma Stanhope has never missed the cherry festival and is back in town for the annual event.  She always helps the Jackson family at their booth at the festival.  This year they are short on pickers at the orchard, so she helps there too.  The Jacksons are like a second family to her.

Emma doesn’t expect to see the city slicker with the fancy car who she had issues with during her drive home to be at the orchard wanting to pick cherries?  Why would someone like him be working as a picker?  Usually people like that move through town pretty quick.  They quickly become friends and then lovers.  But how will Emma react when she finds out Alex's secret? 

If you like small town romances and family stories, this is the book for you.

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