Lean on Me

Lean on Me

by HelenKay Dimon

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Lean on Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Helenkay Dimon Published By: Carina Press Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4 Book Blog For: GMTA Series: Holloway #2 Review: "Lean On Me" by Helenkay Dimon was a good contemporary romance read that was such a fun and very engaging read that once you start it is hard to put down. "Lean on Me" setting was from a small town and there are some humorous antics from all of it like the nicknames events and the people. I found all the characters very relatable. You will be caught up in this well written story about Cassidy and Mitch. Cassidy at one time was the town's sweetheart known as a world-renowned climber until there was something she said that was unfavorable about her hometown and now she has moved back home they have never forgiven her for her remarks. Now, this is where I say that you will have to pick up the good read to find out what happens after Cassidy has to come back home because of her money situation. It seems that people in town have ideas of Cassidy but really no one really knows what happen in all of this. Cassidy has come home after she is not longer able to climb and her business manager has fun off with her money. What is she to do and go? If you are looking for 'a small town contemporary romance series' read then I would recommend "Lean On Me" to you.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
This was a great contemporary romance story. Normally when we read about small towns they rally behind all their people, but this one was a little different. Cassidy had made her living by climbing mountains until one day she was no longer able to and her business manager ran off with her money. She was forced to come home to the stepfather, Allan, she adores so much. Only, he wasn’t welcoming her with open arms as she assumed he would. In fact the town wasn’t welcoming her – they were just gossiping about her. All because of a poor interview she gave about her hometown. Cassidy finds herself with no money and no place to stay. Along comes Mitch, one of the Thomas Nurseries employees and former football star from high school. Everyone loves him. However, when Mitch decides to help Cassidy out with a place to stay, there is plenty of gossip to go around. Mitch tries to help Cassidy figure out what is going on with Allan in the meantime. Things aren’t always what they seem or what they sound like when you get your knowledge from the gossip mill. This was a very sweet and romantic read. I enjoyed the fun dialogue, the love between father and daughter and the way a town learns to rally around their own people. I think Mitch and Cassidy had great chemistry and were a perfect match for one another. I simply loved the sacrifice Mitch made for Cassidy at the end of the book. That was so sweet. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great contemporary romance book.
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ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. My rating would be a 4, because I like it. HelenKay's website describes the Holloway series as, "A small-town contemporary romance series. The books focus on the men and women of Thomas Nurseries, a landscape company in Holloway, West Virginia, and provide an emotional and sexy story in a novella format." Lean on Me is the second book in the three part series. Even though this is part of a series, it isn't necessary for you to read the first book. Since this is a novella, it consists of roughly 39,000 words and is about 111 pages long. So, it's a pretty quick read. But somehow it's a complete story. Lean on Me focuses on Mitch Anders, Business Manager and co-owner of Thomas Nurseries and Cassidy Clarke, a star Mountain Climber. At one point in time, both were the town of Holloway's (population 941) favorite son/daughter. This is a story of how one can literally go from being on top of the world to bottom of the barrel, where people feel they have a right to judge you, without having a clue as to what's really going on. Lean On Me is different from the other books/novellas in the series, in that it doesn't take place during the Christmas season. I found Lean On Me to be both heartbreaking and touching at the same time. It's romantic and funny. It's about overcoming your insecurities and being strong enough to stand up for yourself. What I didn't like about the book, which is probably what gives the book some of it's charm, is the town gossip mill. I mean really. It's like you cough and the whole town finds out about it in less than half an hour, but instead of you coughing, you're dying of pneumonia. We get reintroduced to Spence Thomas. If you read It's Not Christmas Without You, then you might remember him. Spence is another co-owner of the nursery. His story is told in We'll Be Home for Christmas, coming out this December. But we also get introduced to Travis Yardley, the nursery foreman. Travis was one of my favorite characters and provides a lot of comedy. Since this is a short story, I don't want to give too much away. But I will say, you will LOVE Mitch, who is so full of himself that he tells Cassidy immediately that they're dating. It's more like hi, we're dating. You will also love Cassidy for her strength and courage. She's a survivor in every sense of the word. I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for my unbiased review.
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: This was a story that I truly enjoyed. It was short enough to be able to read in a single sitting, which was good because I didn't want to put it down. I got completely caught up in the story between Cassidy and Mitch. Cassidy used to be the town's sweetheart as a world-renowned climber. She was their pride and joy, until altitude sickness got her and she was quoted saying some unfavorable things about her hometown. They've never forgiven her. This is a small town and the rumor-mill seems to be more productive than most...usually spouting off incorrect facts at the detriment of Cassidy's reputation, but after losing all her money she has no choice to return home to the step-father she loves. BUT he's hiding secrets too so she's left basically homeless, sneaking into the local nursery to sleep at night. The same nursery where Mitch works. Cassidy has been harshly judged and convicted and you can't help but feel for her. But I also felt a lot of admiration for her as she keeps her head high and remains tough. She's not going to let the town busy-bodies affect her. The one person who does affect her is Mitch. There are a lot of characters in this small book and I loved them all and the way that they interacted with each other. There were some bad assumptions made, but those people were ready to rescind those comments quickly when they found out they were wrong and then stood beside Cassidy...I liked that. I liked all the guys at the nursery and their easy camaraderie. They have both great working relationships and friendships. I hope all those guys get their own story....come on Spencer and Travis. An aside...I didn't realize until I started writing this review that I read Mitch's sister's story in last year's Holiday Kisses Anthology...I loved that story between Carrie (Mitch's sister) and Austin (one of the owners of the nursery). I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.