Somebody to Love - Kristan Higgins
Released April 24, 2012
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
In Somebody to Love, Parker Welles has the rug torn out from under her feet when she learns her father's being arrested for insider trading. The mansion she and her young son, Nicky, call home is being sold, their trust funds are gone, and all she has to her name is a checking account with about $10,000 and a house she didn't know she owned up in Maine.
With Nicky heading to California for a few weeks, Parker has time on her hands. She heads up to Maine thinking she has a comfortable home she can sell. Instead, she finds she is now the proud owner if a run-down shack owned by someone who was obviously a hoarder. It's going to take a miracle to make this cabin marketable.
Parker never expects her father's trusted friend and lawyer, James Cahill to come to Maine to help her out. She can't exactly refuse his handyman skills, but he's also the last person she wants to trust. Soon, a fire between the pair is hard to ignore. Parker doesn't want to give her heart to any man, especially one who caters to her father's every whim.
There are a number of smaller plots within Somebody to Love that keeps the reader involved with both Parker and James, as well as the other residents of Gideon's Cove, Maine. Characters from past books make an appearance in this new novel. Malone and Maggie from Catch of the Day are featured prominently in Kristan Higgins' latest, as are Lucy and Ethan from The Next Best Thing.
I loved watching Parker and James work through their feelings involving the situation with Parker's father's arrest. As the pair grew closer, it lead to that satisfying "aah" moment I look for in a romance. There was one thing I would like to see addressed in a future novel, however. The book begins with James brushing off a younger woman with whom he had a fling. I'd like to see her get her own story in the future, she deserves it.