On the road to recovery, sometimes it helps to circle back to where it all began.
Azzette Bettencourt spilled brain cells and broke bones, but three years later she's confident she'll return to her life in the lab to create space-age laser gadgets. Unfortunately, her parents don't agree. They compromise and she returns to her roots in Alaska to spend the summer at her cousin's bed and breakfast. They're expecting her to relax, live an organic lifestyle and discover her boundaries. She's expecting to build a revolutionary weather sensor, her ticket back to an independent life.
Builder Aiden Shaughnessy's looking for time away from raising the last of his six siblings. Bonus? Some good old Alaskan adventure. If a fifties kind of woman wants to take care of him, life will be damn near perfect. The one he finds can cook, but she's trickier than a double-blind dovetail joint. Other than the fact she likes her diamonds inside a laser, she's as much a handful as the siblings when they were younger. Except she's made a gizmo that contributes to his brother's successful ascent of Mt. McKinley after the year's biggest storm. Is he ready for a life with a woman as brilliant as Einstein, but with the curiosity and attention span of a toddler?
Warning: Carpenters, climbers, chickens and bears. . . Oh my!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Morgan Q. O'Reilly has a lyrical style that appeals to so many kinds of readers and in this book--the third in her series about a family of feisty, red-headed, Irish sibs (The Open Window series)--she uses her style to create an endearing picture of love in Alaska, and a wonderful true-to-life picture of Alaska itself. Azzette is a darling heroine -- recuperating from traumatic brain injury and trying to prove to her parents and her babysitting relatives in central Alaska that she's recovered enough to return to her laboratory job as a research & development phenom. The trouble is her brilliance is intact, but her everyday memory is just a titch fuzzy--leading to sweet and funny misunderstandings with the new man who dances into her life at a local street fair. Aiden is not a born and bred Alaskan but he's fast learning what it takes to live in the Last Frontier. And he's nobody's weakling-he's a full-fledged manly man with a yearning for an old-fashioned woman who'll keep him in great food and hot lovin'. Only,not really. When Azzette starts to work her wacky, forgetful magic on him, he has no idea what hit him. All he knows is, it sure ain't Betty Crocker! Azzette has no desire to be anyone's Suzie Homemaker, but when disaster strikes, and Aiden's brother is lost on Mt. McKinley during a deadly storm, Aiden is more than happy to have a woman who knows her way around new locator technology far better than she does around a stove. And he learns he can give up all his old-fashioned dreams to have a new-fashioned woman like Azzette. Nice story--easy, fun read!!
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