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Someone to Love

Someone to Love

by Donna Alward

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Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he’s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with



Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he’s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder…and an attraction he cannot deny.

Willow’s come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn’t expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other’s hearts?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alward’s charming and down-to-earth second Kissing Bridge contemporary will have readers wishing they could book a weekend getaway to picturesque and romantic Darling, Vt. Willow Dunaway, a devotee of yoga and Zen, returned to her hometown after a few years away to open the Purple Pig Café, which specializes in home-cooked all-natural foods. Now that her best friend, Laurel, has married Aiden Gallagher (in Somebody like You), she finds herself spending more time with the entire Gallagher family, including firefighter Ethan, a widower. Ethan is weighed down by responsibilities to his two young sons and feels immense guilt for relying on family help to care for them during his shifts. He thinks hippie Willow is too flighty, but he’s drawn to her free spirit, her generosity to their community, and her delightful manner with his boys. Soon Ethan begins to realize that he can find happiness again. Alward introduces themes of reproductive choice and handles them thoughtfully and without judgment. Readers will root for her convincing characters, whose internal and external problems feel real. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Mar.)
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

Kirkus Reviews
An unlikely match is made when a hard-to-crack firefighter and a whimsical cafe owner connect through mutual friends and family—a reminder that love is not just a personal matter, but a family affair.Willow Dunaway, owner of a small-town health food cafe in Vermont, expects nothing but smooth sailing after returning from an extended stay in Florida. No longer haunted by memories of her past—a mother who abandoned her, an eating disorder—Willow is refreshed and carefree. That is, until Ethan Gallagher enters her life. During the studied introduction of Darling, Vermont, that opens the book—it sounds a bit like a pamphlet from a welcome center—Ethan and his two sons stumble onto the cafe's stoop during a game of soccer. Ethan, overworked from a full-time job and single parenthood, immediately clashes with Willow, who has a more happy-go-lucky attitude. Although this story could have easily been told—badly—in the style of a Hallmark Channel original movie, the book has a surprisingly gritty voice in some places while tackling Willow's dark past and painful memories. Still, it sometimes feels like Willow's recurrent reflections on her past are less a plot device than a summary for readers new to Alward's (Somebody Like You, 2017, etc.) Darling, Vermont series—information that could have been integrated more gracefully. Descriptions of Willow, a stereotypical enlightened hippie, are a bit too on-the-nose sometimes: "Bright July sunshine soaked through Willow Dunaway's bamboo T-shirt as she took a bite of her veggie wrap." It would perhaps, given her past, be more realistic for Willow's character to be idealistic but careful. A breezy romance that takes on some tough topics—with heart.

Product Details

St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
A Darling, VT Novel Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x (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.