Just One Day by Sharla Lovelace
Publication Date: September 24, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She has nothing but time . . .
Twenty-four hours. That’s how long Andie Fremont has to say yes—or no. At forty-four with a daughter in college, she’s no young kitten with starry-eyed ideas of what love is. Still, when the man who is everything she should want pops the question with a ring he knows isn’t her style, during a party she didn’t want to have, Andie balks. Something tells her that it isn’t right.
Looking to clear her head, Andie hits the Texas highway in search of an answer. And when she stumbles upon an old roadside diner she decides waffles might be it, at least for now. What she didn’t expect to find was Jesse Montgomery. The man who stole her heart and broke it all in one day, two decades earlier.
As a Texas-size storm takes shape outside, the electricity between Andie and Jesse builds inside. Suddenly Andie is faced with more than just yes or no. As the storm clears there are two men who will want answers.
I have never read anything by Sharla Lovelace prior to this book, so I didn’t have any idea what to expect. It stated in the book description that if you were a fan of Susan Mallery or Susan Addison Allen you would probably love her work, so I had high hopes.
This was a very short little novella. I liked that it was a quick read, but it certainly left me wanting more! Just One Day is the perfect beach read, or anytime when you just don’t have all day to curl up with a great book. It tells the story of Andie, a woman who seems to have it all. She is in her forties and is dating the supposed “perfect man”. He has her throw this gigantic party on a yacht for all their friends and HIS co-workers that she didn’t want to have, and then in front of everyone proposes to her and pops out a huge ring that is SO not her style. She is totally horrified! So what does she do? She throws up!
You see, Andie is ready for marriage – she is just not ready to accept everything thrown at her in the whirlwind public fashion that she receives. She tells “Mr Perfect” that she needs time. He totally understands he says…..and gives her a GENEROUS 24 hours to decide! (What a guy!)
Meanwhile, Andie jumps in her car to go for a drive to clear her head. She sees a diner and decides to stop. Who happens to be in the diner?? The guy that broke her heart 20 years ago! And to top this off, there is a horrible storm rolling in…..
Needless to say, Andie has a lot of thinking to do. Will she stay with Brad the supposed “perfect guy”, or will she risk another chance at losing her heart again to Jessie?
I loved the story and I thought the characters were very down-to-earth. Besides the drama, there was also romance, suspense, and even a little comedy thrown in for good measure. I will definitely be looking for more by this author, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a lighthearted romance that isn’t dull and predictable.
Grade: 3.75 out of 5