Move Over Darling by Christine Stovell

DARLING

Move Over Darling by Christine Stovell
Publisher: Choc Lit
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (319 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

When is it time to stop running?

Coralie Casey is haunted by her past. Deciding it’s time for a fresh start, she sets up ‘Sweet Cleans’, a range of natural beauty and cleaning products, and escapes to Penmorfa, a quiet coastal village in west Wales.

Gethin Lewis thinks he’s about to put his home village Penmorfa behind him for good. Now an internationally-acclaimed artist living in New York, he just has to return one last time to wind up his father’s estate.

But the village soon disrupts their carefully laid plans. As truths are uncovered which threaten to split the community apart, Gethin is forced to question his real reasons for abandoning Penmorfa, and Coralie is made to face the fact that some stains just won’t go away.

The title of this book pulled me in because it brought back memories of watching old Doris Day movies with my grandmother. So what a nice surprise to read the first few pages and realize that the main character is somewhat obsessed with Doris, plays her songs, and even has taken in a stray cat and named him Rock.

Besides giving me a trip down memory lane, I also enjoyed the story and it’s wonderful lead characters and their push-pull attraction for one another. In fact, I thought the opening scene could have easily been played by the late Rock Hudson and Doris Day. It was funny, made me laugh and had me cheering for them from the beginning.

I also loved the setting of the quaint Welsh village and the theme of can you ever go home again. The secondary characters were also well rounded and I found myself also cheering for another couple, Kitty and Adam. Some of the characters were quirky and the author did a great job giving me a feel for the workings and sometimes bickering politics of small town life.

If you’re looking for a fun read on a winter’s day and like me, remember some of the old Doris Day classics, this story is a delight and one that I recommend.

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