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Marrying the Single Dad
     

Marrying the Single Dad

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by Melinda Curtis
 

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A man called Joe

Building a new life for himself and his preteen daughter brings Joe Messina home to Harmony Valley. That and showing his town that the onetime bad boy is now a responsible single father. His first move is to get his grandfather's defunct garage up and running. Except now he's got the FBI poking around, and there's a beautician

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A man called Joe

Building a new life for himself and his preteen daughter brings Joe Messina home to Harmony Valley. That and showing his town that the onetime bad boy is now a responsible single father. His first move is to get his grandfather's defunct garage up and running. Except now he's got the FBI poking around, and there's a beautician with her eye on the abandoned auto parts. An artist who's happiest turning rusty junk into sought-after treasure, San Francisco transplant Brittany Lambridge is making Joe think they can create something rare and special together. But he has unfinished family business that could jeopardize his fresh start. Is Joe ready to believe in himself as fiercely as Brittany's beginning to believe in him?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780373368136
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
10/18/2016
Series:
A Harmony Valley Novel , #8
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
965,584
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Melinda grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentall ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.

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Marrying the Single Dad 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
emilyk52281 11 months ago
"Marrying the Single Dad" (Harmony Valley series) by Melinda Curtis is a great read. I loved Joe and Brit's story. I also enjoyed Sam, and catching up with everyone in Harmony Valley. Looking forward to reading what happens next! Highly recommend to all fans of romance!
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Joe has to start all over again. He has his pre-teen daughter to worry about so he moves back to his home town. The people only remember the troublemaker that he was when he was a kid. He needs to change the minds of the local people so he can get his business going to support his daughter. Brittany is starting over also. She has come to Harmony Valley to work on her art and is working in her grandfather's barber shop. Joe catches her trying to take a bumper from an old car on his property and there are instant sparks. Both of them have so much that they need to deal with before they can really be together. But first Joe has to overcome the stigma of his family.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A fantastic heartwarming addition to the Harmony Valley series. As expected from this author the writing is superior and the characters are well developed and endearing. Joe Messina's life has imploded spectacularly. The uncle who he had believed in proved he couldn't be trusted. Now Joe finds himself and his daughter back in Harmony Valley with his bad boy reputation from his youth still haunting him. He just wants a simple uncomplicated life but with his uncle's troubles weighing on him, the town not being as forgiving and welcoming and he had hoped, and the feisty artist Brittany Lambridge always in his thoughts, simple is the last thing he's getting. I highly recommend this one.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Marrying the Single Dad was a sweet, sweet story! Whether following Brittany and her hope to reignite her artistic passion or watching Joe try to make it in a town that only remembers the mistakes of his family, I wanted things to work out for these characters. I also liked the way Joe’s daughter was written. She was very believable and I liked her a lot. She and her dad were going through a rough time with the move and the way she felt about herself as she was growing up. But it was so nice to see how much Joe cared about her. This was a fun story to read from start to finish. I liked returning to Harmony Valley and seeing characters from previous books, however, if you have not read any of the earlier books in the series, Marrying the Single Dad could stand alone nicely. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Melinda Curtis novel and won't be my last! The story starts out with Joe and Sam (Samantha) catching Britt and Reggie "stealing" car parts off his property. Joe had recently moved back home for a fresh, new start in life. He worked as a high-end mechanic to the wealthy. His Uncle owned the business, that's now being investigated by the FBI. So he comes home, to a not so welcoming town. Joe chases Britt off his property with the threat of calling the cops. Britt, unaware that anyone lived on the property, was trying to pilfer a BMW grille for her artwork. Britt recycles dumped, rusted items to make works of art. Recently, Britt has lost her creative inspiration. Her father, her main supporter, passed away and she can't seem to create any art. Through her numerous attempts to obtain the grille, she starts to fall for Joe and his daughter. Joe is faced with many obstacles when arriving in town. Nobody can seem to forget or forgive his past "wildness" enough to give him a chance to get his auto shop off the ground. He takes a job driving the town's elderly around, slowly gaining trust. Britt has her own issues of insecurity to overcome before they can even begin to entertain the idea of dating. This is a heartwarming story of second chances! I loved it! I enjoyed Britt's crazy antics to claim her "art" pieces. I also easily related to Joe's difficulties in raising a teenage daughter. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys single dad or second chance stories! I received a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions stated above are my own.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Starting over isn't easy. Just ask Joe Messina. He lost everything when the FBI arrested his Uncle Turo. He wants to protect his daughter, Samantha, so he moves back to the family home in Harmony Valley. He plans to reopen the family garage, but no one will trust a Messina. His Family had a bad reputation. Can he make a go of it? Brittany Lambridge is here to reawaken her creative muse. She's an upcycle artist and a beautician. She lost her drive when her father died. Will this small town help her recapture her inspiration? Joe is an wonderful man. He's protective and loving. He'll sacrifice everything for Sam. My heart broke at his situation. Brit is a loving woman who sees the goodness in Joe even when he chases her away. I realized that these two are good for each other. I didn't want Joe to let his past stop him from finding happiness. I was charmed by Sam. As always I enjoy visiting Harmony Valley. Her quirky residents make me smile. Melinda Curtis pulled me into this emotional story from the first page. I cared for Joe and Brit and wanted them to get their HEA. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author. This was a fun story. A nice continuation of the lives of the residents of Harmony Valley. However, it can be read a a stand alone story. You won't be lost if you haven't read the rest of the series. Brit and Joe are both trying to restart their lives, but for different reasons. Brit is wanting to pursue her art, while doing hair for an income. Joe is a single dad and trying to salvage his family's name after his uncle was arrested for criminal activity involving his auto repair shop. I really enjoyed Brit and Joe and Sam's characters. I liked them all right from the start.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this one made my insides twist and turn with the feels and emotions! I adore Joe and Brittany and all the misunderstandings and drama that make up their lives. Joe definitely has a past to overcome and conquer in order to make a new life for him and Sam. Brittany is fighting family issues and everyone else’s idea of what she needs to do with her life. Sparks fly and the chemistry ignites with the fabulous dialogue between these two! Who can resist the eclectic and crazy town folk? Who can resist a bad boy wanting to reform? This was a page turner because of the unique story-line and the well-written engaging characters. I really liked how the author makes you feel and hurt along with them – I may have shed a tear or two! I cannot wait to dig into Melinda’s other books. I highly recommend this! I was given this book, all opinions are completely my own.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This Harmony Valley novel was a real treat. I love when I have the time to just sit and read a book that keeps moving until suddenly you realize that it is over. It was wonderful. This is centered around Brittany, a beautician who also has hopes of returning to her passion of turning what some people consider junk into works of art, and Joe, who returns to town with hopes of fixing up and reopening his family garage. He and his 11-year-old daughter, Sam, love to work on vehicles. He was left with nothing but his daughter after turning in Uncle Turo to the FBI. He hopes he does not lose her, too. This is about topics such as forgiveness and trust, disproving past reputations, courage, and love. I really take to books where a person needs to reinvent the rest of his or her life due to circumstances that leave you no choice but to move forward and make the best of the situation. The reoccurring elderly characters add spice, guidance, and humor. It is a lot of fun watching them slowly but surely making their way around town like a pack of kids following a soccer ball - just not at the same pace. [I received this book for free and my opinion is my own.]
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt read about moving forward after deceit and finding happiness again! Fun characters keep you laughing as you read through to the heart of the story. Joe Messina is picking up the pieces the best way he can when he comes back home to Harmony Valley with his pre-teen daughter Sam. He is trying to earn an honest living even with the FBI still breathing down his neck for things he can't fix. Will the town give the former bad-boy a second chance, or will he never be able to live down his reputation? Artist Brittany Lambridge meets Joe shortly after he gets back into town in an unorthodox way. She's thinking about pilfering what she things are abandoned car parts from his newly purchased property! Doing hair for a living isn't leaving Brit much time to pursue her true passion in life, but she's determined to do it one way or another. Will Joe turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to her, or will he push her away before they can find out?