Sunset in Central Park by Sarah Morgan

Setting: New York City and Maine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: August 30, 2016

There's the phrase "when life hands you lemons..." that hits hard on days like today. Yesterday, I got a letter from our credit union that they've decided to move all payment due dates on home equity loans to 15 days earlier. After looking into the legalities, they are a credit union and can do so. When I'm in the middle of a desperate job hunt and competing against thousands statewide, it's hard enough. This was a blow I didn't need. I was very, very down after the mail arrived yesterday. Then, my daughter and I both ended up with food poisoning from a local takeout. Yesterday sucked! I curled up with Sunset in Central Park, and suddenly I found that "lemonade."

Frankie Cole hates weddings. She hates engagement parties. She hates bridal showers. As the florist aspect of her best friends' party planning business, Frankie does what it takes to get the job done, but she doesn't have to be happy for any of these glowing brides and brides-to-be. She watched her father walk out on his family. She's lived under her mother's shadow of being the town floozy for too much of her teen years. She's even had many bad runs at finding love.

Matt Walker's sister has been Frankie's best friend since childhood. He's secretly admired Frankie from afar, but he's kind of tired of waiting. Matt sets out to prove to Frankie that true love does exist, and he's the man she really needs in her life.

I loved Frankie's tough, confused character. Her past explains her beliefs. I also loved Matt. He's patient and truly the fictional knight in shining armor that so many women long for. Together, they made a very memorable couple. There's plenty of sizzle in this book and characters that feel almost like family by the end.

Sunset in Central Park is clearly part of a series. I haven't researched it yet, but I'm pretty sure I missed the first book, but it's equally clear that there is at least one more book in the works, hopefully two if I'm lucky.

If you need something uplifting that brings a few tears to the eye and leaves you feeling warm and cozy, Sarah Morgan's new release is perfect!


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