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Posted October 12, 2010
With one of the most endearing cast of characters I've read in some time, author Barbara White Daille enchanted me from the first page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Heroine Kerry MacBride is a caretaker and it shows in everything she does, from the student she's taken a personal interest in to the way she jumps whenever her family calls. It's a trait that doesn't sit well with her, really. She wants to be selfish, and tries time and again, but it never quite takes. The fact is, her parents' lack of interest in their children aside, Kerry and her brothers were well loved and she's more than ready to share that with others.
Matt Lawrence, on the other hand, has suffered from the idea that his father abandoned him. His mother loved him, but he really struggles with the loss of his greedy, con-man father... a man who still shows up now and then, but only when he wants something.
Mix these two together and throw in a pile of senior citizens spending their life savings to renovate a run-down amusement park and you have a recipe for disaster and fun. And maybe a little romance.
I enjoyed this story very much - Uncle Bren and Gran are the kind of folks I'd love to hang out around. He is the sweetest man to ever kiss the Blarney Stone, and she is clearly where Kerry got her caretaking tendencies from, having raised two grandchildren, and still working on the other two teenage boys despite her advanced years. They always had such positive, upbeat attitudes and were my favorite characters (no offence to Kerry and Matt, but Uncle Bren and Gran stole the show).
Matt thinks his mother is being taken by another con-man and comes on the scene fussing and threatening lawsuits and basically being a nuisance to the point that Kerry has to give up what she thinks is her heart's desire in order to stay in town and supervise the amusement park work. Matt thinks she's crazy, she thinks his britches are a bit too tight. They both think the other is attractive and can't believe how they feel about the enemy.
I will admit to thinking that the conflict wasn't really strong enough to drive the story. It was obvious, at least to this reader, that Matt was (at the core) a big marshmallow and I never really took his threats seriously. Even so, Kerry did, and it definitely gave her pause when she started actually liking the man behind the lawyer.
That was a tiny issue though, and completely overshadowed by all the many good things about this fantastically fun story. If you love a quirky ensemble cast, if you want your romance sweet instead of hot, but still absolutely heart-melting, and if you love a happy ever after that makes you sigh, then I recommend you give Family Matters a try.
Originally posted at: The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted September 8, 2010
This is an amusing intelligent contemporary romance
In Lakeside, Illinois at the Lakeside Village planned community for fifty years old and older, attorney Matt Lawrence believes Brendan McBride of swindling people into reconstructing the shut down Rainbow's End amusement park. Bren's niece art teacher Kerry MacBride takes exception with Matt's accusation though she knows she should wear a cape for all the times she has rescued her uncle and Gran from troubles they caused.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As Matt and Kerry argue in front of her family, the Village residents and when alone, their attraction for one another becomes heated. However, neither can move on to pursue their potential relationship until they reach an agreement, if they can, on what Uncle Bren did or not do, and if yes how to make retribution.
This is an amusing intelligent contemporary romance as the lawyer and the teacher argue, fuss and kiss. The support cast especially the impish McBride clan is an eccentric group who brings much of the jocularity to the charming lighthearted story line. However, it is the gender war between Superwoman and her "Supervillain" enemy that makes this an engaging battle of lips.