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This is a gorgeous book that I'd hesitate to call a love story as there was so much more packed into it. Both Amelia and Frederick have interesting stories of their own and I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom as they helped each other sort out their problems. But Amelia's Aunt Jill really stole the show for me. She had me laughing and wishing for an aunt like her of my own. My only complaint is that all those scenes in the vineyard made me want to drink far too much wine... Highly recommend this fabulous read.
Loved this sweet book from three different POV. One of the leads, Amelia, is protective of her kids and experiences anxiety. I found her traits really relatable. Her love interest, Frederick, I adored. He’s thoughtful and understanding but not in an over the top way. Amelia’s aunt Jill has an interesting background. A wonderful story. I can see why this was award winning.
This is a beautiful, warm and engaging read. Fantastic characters to fall in love with and set in scenic locations with a little bit of family mystery thrown in. Megan continues to deliver wonderful feel-good reads. I can’t wait for her next one. I’d highly recommend this book.
Alcohol was not a good idea. It only made things worse. The buzzing in her brain seemed to move up an octave when she drank, like a conductor elevating their baton, leading to the crescendo.
He seemed to suffer a Peter Pan complex and have inherited those enviable athletic Doyle genes. Despite his lean yet muscular build, it was likely he still ate like a teenager whose parents had gone away for the weekend.
“And do you read what your aunt writes, Amelia?” Frederick tilted his head towards Amelia, a waggish glint in his eyes, an arched eyebrow cocked at her. “The first time I did, I don’t think I could look her straight in the eye for a week. It was pure smut.”
It was far too soon for any sort of relationship for Amelia, but if she were to have a little rebound fling, Frederick was a good choice. Remind her that there were other fish in the sea. And when the fish were as handsome as Frederick, it certainly made Toby look like carp.
I quickly added this bright and shiny author to my watch list after reading her delightful and highly impressive debut a few months ago with The Things We Leave Unsaid. I seemed to have made an excellent call or maybe even a psychic prediction, as her second book was equally engaging, cunningly paced, insightfully observant, and smartly written. This gal has mad skills. I adored her lovable yet flawed characters; they enticed and intrigued me. I have now wisely shuffled her name over from the Ones to Watch into the Favorite Authors List and feeling quite clever and rather Zen about it. I’m also happy to have a new addition to my Aussie Word List with little tackers, which the Urban Dictionary informed me was Aussie speak for small children.
What a lovely story penned by Megan Mayfair. Her descriptive narrative is refreshing and smooth and the themes in the story felt rather Australian in nature (there's always a rugby, footy or cricket scandal here!). Being a born and bred Melbournian, I loved reading about my home city and the places Jill, Frederick and Amelia went. I'm looking forward to the next book!
(I also loved the novella about Jill and Elliot - "A Matter of Heart"!)