Almost Wonderful (Book 1)

Almost Wonderful (Book 1)

by Christie Ridgway

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Almost Wonderful (Book 1) by Christie Ridgway

This novella was previously published.

Meg Alexander has temporarily--and reluctantly--returned to her home of Crescent Cove, California. Last time she'd been on this beach she'd called herself Starr and saw only bright skies ahead. Then tragedy struck and she'd run from all that was familiar, the happy-go-lucky girl becoming a sadder-but-wiser woman. Now family obligations have brought her back and she's determined to make it through the month with grit and grace. She only falters when one day she looks up--and loses her breath.

Caleb McCall has never forgotten the summer he spent at Crescent Cove and the beautiful girl who'd laughed and played there. Eager for a break from his workaholic ways, he rents one of the surfside bungalows and discovers his landlady is none other than the one woman who has never faded from his memory. Clearly, though, Meg is wary and even their instant chemistry doesn't let down her guard. But Caleb has learned there's no time like the present to grab the opportunities life presents, so he's willing to fight for what he wants...the total surrender of Meg's heart.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940158908163
Publisher: Christie Ridgway
Publication date: 09/07/2017
Series: Almost , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 9,838
File size: 767 KB

About the Author

Christie Ridgway is the author of over 60 novels of contemporary romance. All her books are both sexy and emotional and tell about heroes and heroines who learn to believe in the power of love. A USA Today bestseller, Christie is a six-time RITA finalist and has won best contemporary romance of the year and career achievement awards from Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A native of California, Christie now resides in the southern part of the state with her family. Inspired by the beaches, mountains, and cities that surround her, she writes tales of sunny days and steamy nights.

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Almost Wonderful (Book 1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lep1211 More than 1 year ago
I received a free complimentary book and voluntarily reviewed it. Almost Wonderful is the first book of a series that takes place in Crescent Cove, California. It is a novella written by the prolific and highly skilled author, Christie Ridgway. Meg Alexander grew up in Crescent Cove but left when a tragic accident changed her life. She has never returned even though her family owns surfside bungalows in the area. When her sister, who runs the place, has to go to a friend’s wedding, she asks Meg to take over for her while she is gone. Caleb McCall had spent a summer and never forgot the wonderful time he had. He especially has never forgotten Meg even though she barely remembers him. He decides to return for a few days just to relax from his busy work. However, when he finds Meg there, he decides to follow through on his former attraction. The problem: she does not want to get involved with anyone. In spite of that, Caleb refuses to give up on her, and he never stops “chasing” her. I enjoyed this book, although Meg seems to be a little too stubborn. On the other hand, every girl would love a man like Caleb, who is handsome, charismatic and wealthy, chasing after her. This is a fun book to read, and I am looking forward to enjoy reading the next book in this series.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Meg hasn't been home for 10 years. She has bad memories of her old love and just couldn't be there. When she goes back to help her sister, she runs into Caleb. He is the cousin of her old love and it brings back so many memories. Will she let the memories keep her in the past or will she move forward? Caleb is all for moving forward as he had a recent brush with death and realizes how short life is. Can he convince Meg to take another chance on love?
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Almost Wonderful by Christie Ridgway. This story is a sweet novella that introduces her Almost series, a re-issue of her Beach House series. Meg Alexander has returned home to Crescent Cove, California. The last time she’d been there, ten years prior, she was called Starr and life was good. After a tragedy occurred she ran from it all. She was no longer that happy-go-lucky, believing in fairy tales person, she was now a sadder and wiser woman. Caleb McCall has never forgotten the summer he spent at Crescent Cove and the beautiful Starr. Recovering from a health scare, he rents one of the cabins on the beach and discovers his landlady is the same woman he has never forgotten. Meg is afraid, despite their chemistry and refuses to let down her guard. Caleb has learned to that life is short and to go after what he wants. He wants Meg’s heart, but is she willing to give it to him. Ms. Ridgway is a wonderful story teller, making me feel as if I was right there in Crescent Cove. I truly enjoyed this book and had trouble putting it down, reading it in one day. I definitely recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
Meg Alexander has returned to Crescent Cove after a lengthy absence. She had not planned to return, but is filling in for her sister who manages the surfside bungalows. When she was younger, she had wonderful years at Crescent Cove, but a tragedy that occurred has kept her away. Caleb McCall remembers his time at Crescent Cove and remembers when Meg was named Starr and how her love of life made such an impression on him. He is back to take some time off from his work and reflect on his life when he once again meets Meg. A wonderful and sensual “remember when” story with engaging characters romance, love and a dog – what more could you ask for? I enjoy every book that Ms. Ridgway writes and look forward to the next three books in this series. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
Meg Alexander returns home to run her family business in Crescent Cove, California. She left 10 years ago after the love of her life died. In that time period she has built some pretty high walls to keep herself from being hurt. Caleb McCall returns to Crescent Cove and reconnects with Meg when he rents a bungalow from Meg. He doesn't stop trying to break through her walls. This is a fast enjoyable read and that has quite a bit of content. My emotions were up and down while reading this. I ached for Meg. There was also times I laughed.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet, well-written novella. Meg has loved and experience tragedy and now she is back home in Crescent Cove, CA where everything happened. Caleb has never forgotten Crescent Cove, CA or the beautiful, happy girl he knew during the summer he spent there. He rents one of the surfside bungalows and is surprised to discover Meg is his landlady. Meg is attracted to him, though wary, and Caleb has learned he needs to take chances in life. This novella can be read as a standalone story, though it is the first in a series. I enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading more stories in this series as well as other books by this author.
pwall55 More than 1 year ago
A quick read, only a few chapters, it is romantic read as two characters must put the past behind to move on with their lives. While it seems to be a second chance at romance Caleb and Meg never really knew each other well 10 years ago, so it is more of a first-time love story for these two. There is romance, angst and emotional hurdles to jump before Meg is willing to risk falling in love again. There is also a mystical element in this story that is new for me to read by this author. If I had to say who is the villain in the story it is death, the ultimate villain. I thought this would be an introduction to the series but the focus is not on the beach house rentals but on the relationship that is forged between Caleb and Meg. I looked forward to seeing if the mystical merfolk and dreams continue to play a part in this series. An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher/author.
JT1969 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Almost series which consists of a mere 4 chapters. Meg returns to her home in Crescent Cove, CA to help manage the rented bungalows while her sister is away. Meg has to come to terms with ghosts from the past when she becomes attracted to one of the renters, Caleb who is the cousin of her former deceased boyfriend. A good read for a virtual quickie! (I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.)
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Christie Ridgeway and I was surprised at how much emotion was packed into this very quick read. Caleb is such a lovable character and his patience with Meg makes this romance oh, so sweet. They do fall very quickly, which is a bit of drawback for me, but I liked the writing style and enjoyed the story enough that I will check out other books by this author. Overall, the book is well-written and compelling, and I can easily recommend this sweet, steamy romance.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Almost Wonderful begins with a tragedy that shapes the path of one woman's life. It's about heartache. It's about second chances. It's about forgiveness. It's about love. Meg and Caleb's journey isn't always a pretty one, but their story needed to be told. The carefree girl with the winning smile and the young boy who watched her from the sidelines. First love had heartbreaking results for that young girl. Will the ghost of summers past ruin her second chance? Ms. Ridgway never shies away from emotion. Whether it's grief, nostalgia, guilt or heartbreak, she walks headfirst into the abyss and creates a great story.