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Somebody Like You

Somebody Like You

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by Donna Alward

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A kiss to last a lifetime

Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden’s image on the famed bridge—local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love—as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to


A kiss to last a lifetime

Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden’s image on the famed bridge—local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love—as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to recreate the moment with the woman he once kissed: Laurel Stone.

Recently divorced, there’s nothing Laurel wants less than to pretend happily-ever-after with Aiden. As teenagers, their romance was no fairy tale—and Laurel has never quite forgiven Aiden for breaking her heart. But now that she is back in her hometown, and keeps bumping into police officer Aiden, Laurel can’t deny that there’s still a strong flicker between her and her old flame. Could it be that the Kissing Bridge is working its magic on Laurel and Aiden—and that all true love ever needed was a second chance?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Darling, Vt., is the quintessential New England romance-novel town where local business and families are closely tied together and everyone knows everyone else’s business. That quality serves Laurel Stone well when her newly opened gardening center is the victim of repeat vandalism, and a local cop, who also happens to be her high school sweetheart, is the first responder. Aiden Gallagher fully regrets that his immature high school antics drove Laurel away, but now that she’s back in town, he’s determined to earn her love. He’ll have to work hard, because Laurel is still reeling from an unexpected divorce that forced her life in a direction she never planned. In a story that’s sweet and heartwarming without being treacly, Alward (Summer on Lovers’ Island) builds believable chemistry between Lauren and Aiden while introducing enough friends and siblings to have readers preparing to settle into Darling for a long cozy stay. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

“Donna Alward has become a shining star...Fans of Brenda Novak and Robyn Carr are going to simply adoreSummer on Lovers' Island.” —Fresh Fiction

“SUMMER ON LOVERS' ISLAND by DONNA ALWARD is a great story of love lost, family matters, new lives starting and the power of friendship and forgiveness. I love returning to these small towns time and again to check in with how the familiar characters are doing and meeting the new people that end up there. I have never been one who wanted to live by the water, but it is hard not to love the beautiful scenery of this coastline as it is depicted. This story of loss, family love and the power of friendship is one anyone will love to be a part of. The emotions this story brings out is amazing.” —Romance Junkies

“I loved everything about the sleepy little town of Jewell Cove. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great second chance at love story set in a small town.” —Harlequin Junkie, Top Pick

“A wonderful, witty, and memorable book! Donna Alward's The House on Blackberry Hill is a heartwarming, delightful debut to an engaging new series. Readers will love discovering the richly layered stories and enticing secrets residing in Jewell Cove.” —New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump

“Donna Alward writes warm, memorable characters who spring to life on the page. Brimming with old family history, small-town secrets and newfound passion, you'll want to pack up and move to Jewell Cove, Maine!” —Lily Everett

“Old family secrets, a bitter tragedy, and a restless spirit add mystery and an eerie touch to this compelling story that is steeped in small-town New England flavor so rich you can taste it and beautifully launches the author's new series.” —Library Journal on the Jewell Cove series

Library Journal
When her marriage crumbles after her husband comes out as gay, accountant Laurel Stone returns to quiet Darling, VT, to pick up the pieces and take her single life in a more satisfying direction. Now as the new owner of Ladybug Garden Center, she's on target—if only gorgeous police officer Aiden Gallagher, the man she once baptized with a vanilla milkshake in high school, didn't keep distracting her. A love-wary heroine simmering with unresolved anger and trust issues and the cop who has loved her since childhood rekindle a long-lost spark and learn that sometimes the legend of the town's famed Kissing Bridge is true. A well-rounded assortment of secondary characters and some mysterious vandalism add to the mix. VERDICT Tender, sensual, and overflowing with New England charm, this appealing story is the perfect launch to Alward's back-to-back series (Someone To Love [Mar.] and Somebody's Baby [Apr.]) that community romance fans are certain to adore. Alward (The Cowboy's Convenient Bride) lives in Nova Scotia.

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
A Darling, VT Novel Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!
Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.

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Somebody Like You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sbart84 8 days ago
A second chance romance in a small town setting of Darling, Vermont. Loved the rekindling of the romance between Aiden and Laurel, they soon found the sparks were still there after failed relationships. I really enjoyed the story of the kissing bridge, from when they were five years old and how the city wanted to update their picture. With a little added mystery of a robbery, it makes for a perfect read. I highly recommend this book, can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Honolulubelle 18 days ago
My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: I’m probably the last person on earth you want to start anything with. But Laurel? What just happened was just about perfect. You’re just about perfect. And I’m gonna go now before I have the chance to mess anything up. Tell that to the teenaged girls who came in last night. They thought it was very cool to have all-natural, vegan, free trade, ecologically responsible food. So cool that they posted all sorts of pictures of it on their phones while wearing clothes that were probably produced in some Bangladesh sweatshop. I love you, so much I probably always have, and you scare me to death, but I’m man enough now to tell you and be at your mercy. She wasn’t sure how a heart could break and heal all at the same time, but those words seemed to accomplish it. My Review: Somebody Like You was my first Donna Alward reading experience, although I plan to repeat this pleasant task again and again. Written from my favorite dual POV, I was entertained and engaged throughout with a storyline that was easy to follow, relevant, observantly detailed, and emotive. The primary and secondary characters were flawed yet likable, as well as intriguing and complex. Given the end result of humiliating and emotionally devastating betrayals from the two times she had given her heart, Laurel was disillusioned with relationships and understandably, was more than bit angry and plagued with trust issues. She was prickly, feisty, and fiercely independent - she pretty much had to be as she was starting over as a small business owner. The vast majority of women worldwide could relate to her issues at least once in their lifetime… The plot had several thoughtful and intriguing threads that were unique and interesting in how they connected to the overall premise. The story was a first in a series stand-alone and has me I looking forward to many return trips to Darling, Vermont.
ytcruz 18 days ago
Somebody Like You is the beginning of Ms. Alward’s new series titled Darling, VT. It’s a sweet and thoughtful story about second chances in love, life and the way we perceive it. Our main characters are Aiden and Laurel. Aiden is currently a respected police officer in the town he grew up and Laurel is back home after a divorce that has her questioning who she is and how she feels about herself. These two have a history from their days not only in HS but also as 5 year olds. One that affected them both with hurt and regrets. Life has a way of creating it’s own path and these two are thrown together once again. Will this time things be different? Will Laurel let someone think of her first and want to make life better for her, or will she refuse that help and love because of self doubts and fears of getting hurt? And as Ms Alward’s reminds us “ love hardly ever makes sense”. Will the recreation of a picture taken a lifetime ago be the one that brings back hope and love? A thoughtful and lovely story worth your time. I can’t wait to what else is in store for the town of Darling. I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
Bette313 18 days ago
Loved this!! This is the first book in a new series from Donna Alward and it was fantastic. A great second chance story as high school sweethearts are reunited many years later only to find that spark between them is still there and flaring to life. Laurel and Aiden are great together and it was fun to read how their relationship grew throughout the story. It's a nice slow build love story with little angst and lots of small town meddling. The very descriptive writing painted a beautiful picture of the idyllic little town of Darling making it a place you would really love to visit. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
mamalovestoread22 18 days ago
After going through a humiliating divorce Laurel Stone is looking forward to moving back to Darling and having fresh new start, now if she could just figure out a way to survive the gossip that is sure to come with her return. Everyone knows the details of her failed marriage, so having to face all of them and the whispering behind her back is going to be rough, but it's a challenge she is ready to face head on. She is hoping opening her new business will keep her busy and be a good distraction from the swirling gossip, but someone decides to throw a wrench into her plans and starts vandalizing her business. At first she tries to handle it on her own, but word of the break in travels quickly and she soon finds one of Darlings boys in blue on her doorstep... the minute she realizes it's none other than Aiden Gallagher coming to her rescue her walls come up and she is ready to send him packing. They have history and she isn't about to let it repeat itself...she can't fall for him again... or can she? Nothing could have prepared Aiden Gallagher for the moment of seeing Laurel again, when he comes face to face with her, she stills the breath from his lungs, and inspires some sexy little thoughts from the past. But before he gets the chance to make his move, she shuts him down, she is wounded from a failed divorce, and she hasn't forgive him for the past. He however, isn't so willing to let her away a second time, and is determined to win her heart, so he waits patiently for the right time to work himself back into her good graces and when he finally does the sparks start to fly... Nothing makes your heart happy quite like a charming small town romance story with endearing characters that pull you in, make you feel right at home, and an engaging story line that you can't help but get wrapped up in... and I am happy to say this book had all of that and then some! Barely a chapter into it I found myself quickly becoming an honorary Darling resident, and instantly knew there was no way I was leaving town until they found their happily ever after... which ultimately lead to me having a little late night reading marathon, and I must say it was it worth the lost hours of sleep!!! This is my read first from this author, and I am quite certain it will not be my last, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Darling, and cannot wait to make a return visit in the very near future!! Highly recommend this one it is sure to warm your heart and leave you with a smile! I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this title.
Lashea677 18 days ago
Can a mythical legend make an illusion into reality? Somebody Like You is a nod to nostalgia. Ms. Alward takes readers through the many phases of love. From puppy love, to teenage romance to heartbreak. She delivers a reunion story that worms it's way into the heart. From childhood Aiden and Laurel have heard the legend of love everlasting and happily ever after. The poster for the perfect couple, these lovebirds were far from ideal. Youth and life tore them apart. Can maturity and a legendary town bring them back together? A feel good read that blends the fantasy of fairy tales with the hope for the future.
CathyGeha 18 days ago
Did I like this book? Yes Will you like this book? I think you will IF you like: * Second chance at love love stories that are plausible * Characters that deserve one another and deserve their HEA * Love stories that are more than just a love story * To feel with the characters * Characters that could become your friends The author has written a believable story in a wonderful location and set the hook for books to come in the future. I have not read a book by this author in the past but look forward to reading more of her work in the future. Laurel and Aiden were more than friends in high school but something happened that caused them to move away from one another. Laurel has recently moved back to Darlington when the story begins and her garden shop has just been vandalized. Aiden is first responder and their first encounter was not smooth. Over time they bump into each other again, share some truths and become closer. Aiden is empathetic and understands Laurel better than she may understand herself. Laurel and Aiden both have issues they have to deal with before they can find their HEA but each hurdle they overcome is believable and adds to the story. I enjoyed the side stories of George (the homeless man), the finding of the hoodlums and also the background of the kissing bridge. Willow and Ethan’s story is up next and I can hardly wait! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars