A Dose of Romance by Cheryl Norman


A Dose of Romance by Cheryl Norman
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (150 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed by Myrtle

Just weeks before his wedding, a young man finds his soul mate.

Drake Springs Pharmacist Woody Fox and single mom waitress Tiffany Blair have a unique friendship: She’s not in the market for a boyfriend, and he’s off the market. He’s engaged to marry his college sweetheart and pursue a career in her father’s pharmaceutical firm. When friendship turns to romance, Woody must make a difficult decision.

Life as a single mom has enough challenges. Searching for love would only complicate things. So why does falling in love with the most complicated man of all, suddenly seem so easy?

Single mom Tiffany Blair is a waitress at Boyd’s Diner where the locals from the small town of Drake Springs gather. She knows their likes, dislikes, allergies, and coffee orders, as well as she knows her own. She is polite and helpful. She also knows the local happenings, but keeps most things to herself instead of adding to the rumor mill. And Woodrow “Woody” Fox notices it all.

Although engaged to his high school sweetheart, Woody can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful, kind, and caring waitress. Pharmacist by day, and charity deejay when needed, Woody prides himself on helping people. It’s the one thing he’s sure he loves. So when his fiancée refuses to join him in what she calls “Podunk” Springs, Woody finds himself keeping company with Tiffany, knowing neither of them is looking for love.

This book focuses on two people, Tiffany and Woody, and can easily accommodate a few secondary characters to help round out the story. But in the first twenty pages, 40+ named characters are introduced which made it difficult to know who the real players were in the story. I found myself trying to memorize names and occupations not knowing who was important to the storyline and who was not. I felt a bit defeated when, halfway through the book, I realized only six or seven people actually mattered to the story. I also thought it was a bit odd that folks who had lived in this small town their entire lives, like Tiffany and Woody, didn’t seem to know each other. In fact, Woody’s favorite car mechanic—who happens to be the only mechanic in town—is Tiffany’s father. There were also areas that I felt needed more structure and polish, which may have helped to eliminate “telling” portions of the story. For example, from page 49: “Let’s just talk.” She followed him back to his table, where she hopped up and sat on her cute little butt. Had Woody noticed her “cute little butt” rather than the narrator, the scene would have played better.

On the upside, this is an easy read for a peaceful summer day. Anxiety and tension are minimal. The characters are likeable, and the small town has a relaxing and enjoyable feel to it. Overall, the story had a charming quality, which kept me reading to the end.

If you like stress-free family stories, especially ones featuring hardworking, single mothers, A Dose of Romance may be the perfect read.

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