Too much work, too much pressure, and too much heartache can lead even a strong young woman like Mallory Wingate to the edge of a nervous breakdown. Now her doctor and employer have insisted that she take a space to heal and rest, so like it or not, she's heading to her grandparents' resort in the Smoky Mountains. Hoping to sleep and rest on the flight home, Mallory is entertained instead by an unexpectedly charismatic stranger, making her forget many of her problems and even making her feel deliciously female again.
Lucas James, flying home from a pro golfing event, hadn't expected to enjoy an interlude of flirting with a pretty stranger on the plane. A stranger he never expected to see again but turns out to be the granddaughter of his boss at The Millhouse Resort. Worse, he quickly learns she's passed through a recent history of emotional problems that remind all too painfully of his past wife. The last thing Lucas wants is to get involved with anyone like Cecily again. Surely it won't be too hard to keep his distance while Mallory is at the resort.
|Publisher:||Mountain Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Reading The Interlude was a bit out of the box for me, but it's good to try different types of books sometimes. Lin Steep has written a heart warming thoughtful story full of charm and idyllic everything. Yes, everything. The story is well written and paced, so I'm not referring to the writing style of the author, just the content. The Good: Serious mental health issues including bipolar disorder, suicide and mental breakdowns are addressed, and that is excellent. It's so important to shed more light on these conditions to remove the stigmas attached to them. The story shows how consequences resulting from these disorders affect family and friends in long term and short term ways. The importance of seeking treatment is also addressed. Another good aspect of the story is the subtle acknowledgement of the wisdom of children. One child in particular, Suzannah, age 5, says what she means, and it's basically the truth, even when the adults won't admit it. She is quite charming and wise. Remember, children know so much more than adults realize. One more good thing is the spirit of community. It's a wonderful thing to belong to a community or town or neighborhood that genuinely cares about your well being. Unfortunately, it's a phantom concept for many of us today. The Bad: Things are a little too perfect. Feeling blue? Here's a hot guy just for you! Need a break from your stressful reality? Come stay at the grand parents resort where the gardens, in the southern heat, are perfection, we bake amazing things all day every day, and we take bad news like it's a gift. And, don't forget, one employee lives next door in a perfect little house within walking distance of his sister who effortlessly owns and operates a road side farm fresh stand while pregnant and with a small child in the southern heat. I have lived in the deep South my entire life, and this situation ain't happening without someone having a heat stroke. The final piece of perfection that is not plausible is the way money magically appears when needed. In any amount. No worries. I realize this is supposed to be a feel good happy ever after story, and it delivers on that. It's the perfect type of escape read for the right reader. Fans of Lin Steep will not be disappointed. I'm probably too steeped in reality to completely love The Interlude. I'm in the slightly undecided area with a solid 4 review. I received a free copy for an honest review courtesy of Just Read Tours. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was in no way obligated to write a positive review.
Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word interlude as "an intervening or interruptive period, space, or event," which is exactly what Mallory Wingate needed, and got, in more ways than she could've possibly imagined. After having a breakdown at work, and being admitted to the hospital, both her doctor and boss agree that Mallory needs a break, so Mallory heads back to the only place she's ever called home, her grandparents home, Millhouse Resort in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. On the flight there she meets ex-pro golfer Lucas James, and the two share an interlude that includes two flights, dinner, and a few passionate kisses to get Mallory's mind off her worries. Mallory and Lucas part ways knowing they'll never see each other again, but little do they know that this initial interlude is only the beginning. I fell in love with this book from the very beginning and kept falling in love with every chapter. In true Lin Stepp style, the imagery and great attention to detail is just incredible! How I wish I could visit the Millhouse Resort, sample Nonnie's confections at one of her teas, go hiking through the mountains and stop to put my feet in the stream, or even play a few rounds of golf. The whole resort came alive for me, which paired so well with each incredible character. Your heart hurts, feeling empathetic for for what each individual had to endure in the their lives. Lucas was the only person that had me growling in frustration as he unknowingly pushed his emotional issues onto others, creating drama that clearly could've been avoided had he realized sooner. There were times I wanted to reach through the pages and shake some sense into him! The ending was perfection and actually left me feeling sad that this interlude had to end for me as well. There is a great discussion guide in the back of the book for book clubs and reading groups, though I was sad that there weren't any of Nonnie's recipes included in the back as well, like there were in Claire in Edisto, which is surprising since food is a major theme throughout the book. The Interlude was a most enjoyable read with a wonderful story line and just enough conflict, amazing scenery, and a whole lotta love...and food. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
The Interlude: Okay, I have to admit I wasn’t sure which book to read first so I started with The Interlude. It’s a nice quaint setting with a good romantic story in it. But there is also a mystery and crimes. I didn’t expect those to pop up in this book. Not sure that I expected anything more than a sweet romance story. M.T. also known as Mallory is a book editor who suffers a mental breakdown. Lucas is a widowed man with a daughter to raise. But he’s no stranger to mental health issues due to his wife having had bipolar and taken her own life. He’s sworn to protect his daughter and himself from ever experiencing that again. He’s drawn to Mallory on the flight they share and still when he finds out she’s his boss’ grand daughter. But when he learns about her having had a mental “illness” he makes no bones of telling her they’re not even going to try. I love that mental health issues are thrown in here. Too often people shy away from mental health thinking it’s taboo. They’re not and we really do need to get them out there more. Also I really liked how the author makes sure to let all know that mental breakdowns aren’t considered a mental illness at all. Journey with Mallory and Lucas as they sort out life together. Will he open his heart? Can she overcome her own betrayal and heartbreak? What about who killed her father all those years ago? And who is the thief lurking in their midst? Great read and I highly recommend it!