Falling For You by Barb Curtis
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Faith Rotolo thinks her luck has run out when she gets a call from an attorney in Sapphire Springs. Her distant uncle has died and left her a historic mansion, Romano Estate. Faith has never been one to put down roots, but without other options, she moves to the small town. Rob Milan has always wanted to buy Romano Estate and fix it up for his two daughters. He thinks his dream is finally within his reach, only to find out Faith, an outsider, has no plans to sell.
Rob is Leyna’s sister from the first book in the series. He has recently gotten divorced after catching his wife cheating on him with their boss, Marcus. Caught in a fit of rage, he punches Marcus and ends up complicating his custody agreement with his wife. Now, Rob has done everything in his power to get his daughters back. It is his top priority. Rob is a great dad.
Faith is a newcomer to the series. After she inherits a historical home from a distant relative, she moves to Sapphire Springs. She sets her sights on restoring the property and expanding the town’s yoga studio. I loved watching her figure out what she wanted for her life.
In addition to the romance, I loved the 1920s historical history of the house: Romano Estate. Owned by famous rum runner, Rocky Romano, the house has been in Faith’s family for a hundred years. While exploring the house Faith finds a mysterious key and a series of journals written by a woman named Ella, Rocky Romano’s daughter. Faith and Rob try to piece together the love story in the journals and the mystery of what happened to Ella and her lover, James.
Thank you to Forever and Netgalley for the review copy! All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Just when recently evicted yoga instructor Faith Rotolo thinks her luck has run out, she inherits a historic mansion in quaint Sapphire Springs. Though Faith never imagined putting roots down anywhere, small-town life is growing on her, as is her fixer-upper house. If only her handsome new contractor, Rob Milan, would stop spoiling her daydreams with the realities of a major rehab…and his generally grouchy vibes.
A single dad of two, Rob doesn’t have much time for fantasy wish-list ideas his clients can’t afford. Then again, Faith’s creative energy might be exactly what he needs right now. But while Rob and Faith work to give her home the second chance it deserves, their spirited clashes wind up sparking a powerful attraction. As work nears completion, and Faith’s house becomes the shining jewel of the neighborhood, will she and Rob realize that they deserve a fresh start too?
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.
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