Forever With You by Barb Curtis
Is it possible for a romance novel to be both second-chance and enemies-to-lovers? If so, that’s how I would classify Forever with You. Two former lovers are forced to put aside their differences when their grandfathers leave them their businesses and they are forced to make amends. World traveler Jay Wynter returns home when his grandfather has a stroke, only to discover that his grandfather plans to cede control of their family winery, Wynter Estates to him. That is, if he can commit to staying and make nice with his most significant ex, Leyna Milan. Leyna never expected Jay to return home. After he broke her heart in high school, she never truly found love again. Now she runs her grandfather’s Italian restaurant, Rosalia’s, but she has dreams of more. Jay and Leyna are thrown together on a project that their grandfathers agreed on, building a restaurant at the winery. But will they be able to put the past behind them?
Set in the quaint town of Sapphire Springs, Forever with You will have you craving wine and Italian food. It’s absolutely charming. Although I believe Sapphire Springs is supposed to be Upstate NY, I imagined it as Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, one of my favorite places. It’s the most charming town with dozens of wineries and the most adorable downtown. When travel is advisable again, I will certainly be back!
Forever With You leverages the third person point of view to alternate between Jay and Leyna’s individual perspectives. I loved Jay and Leyna and their relationship. Both characters care deeply about their families and each other. They are both driven and want the best, not only for each other but for the businesses that they inherit.
I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story and highly recommend it to other fans of small-town romance.
Thank you to Netgalley and Forever for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
From debut author, Barb Curtis, a heartwarming small-town romance about high school sweethearts who return home and discover that first love sometimes gets a second chance. . .
Jay Wynter wants to be successful on his own merit. That’s why he left Sapphire Springs and his family’s winery to build a career from scratch. But now that he’s successor to Wynter Estate, Jay must return to his small hometown to face everything, and everyone, he left behind-especially his high school sweetheart, who happens to be his stunning new business partner . . .
Leyna Milan knows family legacies come with strings attached, but she’s determined to prove that she can run her family’s restaurant. Of course, Leyna never expected that honoring her grandfather’s wishes meant opening a second location on her ex’s property-or having to ignore Jay’s sexy grin and guard the heart he shattered years before. But as they work closely together, she begins to discover that maybe first loves deserve a second chance . . .
About the Author
A happily-ever-after-crafter at heart, Barb Curtis’ love for writing began with a quick-witted style column, and her background in marketing led to stints writing print and web copy, newsletters, and grant proposals. The switch to fiction came with the decision to pair her creativity with her love for words and crafting characters and settings she could truly get lost in. Barb happily lives in a bubble in rural New Brunswick with her husband, daughter, and dog. You’ll find her restoring the century-old family homestead, weeding the garden, and no doubt whistling the same song all day long.