Review: Harper’s Wish

Harper's Wish
Harper’s Wish by Cerella Sechrist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š Harper Worth is an esteemed food critic. Well, she was an esteemed food critic, until she went a little too far and insulted the wrong restaurant, that of her boss’s goddaughter, and he wasn’t the least bit amused by her harsh words. Her praiseworthy “Worth It” column virtually extinguished overnight by capricious followers, Harper finds herself looking for a new job. She stumbles upon a restaurant, the Rusty Anchor, which appears to live up to its name judging by the exterior of the place. But desperate for work she interviews with the owner and lo and behold he was one of the victims of her disparaging critiques, which cost him his upscale restaurant, Eire. Now he’s relegated to running the Rusty Anchor, his deceased father’s legacy. Connor Callahan can’t believe who’s sitting in front of him. The woman who ruined him, and now she wants a job in his restaurant? Upon discerning her identity Connor shows her the door at first, but then reconsiders. Work for the restaurant she would, and harder than any work in a restaurant she’d ever done before. But when she proves stellar at her duties, and the other workers praise her industriousness, Connor takes pity on her and feels somewhat guilty for putting her through the ringer. Who is this woman who excels at everything and seems to have a heart after all? Connor is soon won over by the attractive woman who is turning out to be a real asset to his restaurant, but when he learns of her future plans, will he still trust the Harper that he thought had changed?
I enjoyed this book. I liked the restaurant setting and learning about the ins and outs of maintaining a restaurant establishment. As is common in Cerella Sechrist’s books, there is great food being prepared or savored, another bonus that readers can appreciate. The relationship between Connor and his daughter was heartwarming, and I Iiked how it highlighted the tenderness and affection of a father for his young daughter. I was also in anticipation of how the two main characters would achieve their happily ever after since the stakes were quite high. All in all, Harper’s Wish was a delightful, wholesome romance that is sure to be enjoyed by lovers of sweet romance.

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Review: Gentle Persuasion

Gentle Persuasion
Gentle Persuasion by Cerella Sechrist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I adored this book!! Dane Montgomery is a hot commodity, an ace in his field of Marketing and Advertising and recruiters have been clamoring to bring him out of retirement where he’s made a new life for himself in Hawaii as a coffee purveyor and owner of the Okina Inn and coffee plantation.

Meanwhile Lillian Reid, a.k.a. the dragon lady, and owner of Reid Recruiting has entrusted her daughter and employee, Ophelia Reid, with the task of enticing Dane back to the states. Towers International, Reid Recruiting Agency’s biggest client wants Dane, and Reid is determined to rise to the challenge. Their company is at stake, along with Ophelia’s future of expanding operations to Paris where she’s dreamed of residing for most of her life. But when Ophelia meets Dane and observes what he has built she begins to have second thoughts about her intentions, and maybe even some feelings for the charasmaric and elusive Dane Montgomery. Which will she choose? Will she proceed with luring Dane back to the mainland with Towers International’s lucrative offers and incentives; simultaneously saving her mother’s company and winning Lillian Reid’s respect and approval and finally fulfilling her dream of moving to Paris? Or will she opt for love instead?

I truly LOVED this book!! It was an engaging story with nicely developed characters and a beautiful ending. I’d already read book 2 in the series, The Paris Connection, and loved it so much that when I had an opportunity to go back and read book 1 I jumped on it. Cerella Sechrist is an excellent storyteller and I’m confident that if you like wholesome romance you will thoroughly enjoy Gentle Persuasion. Highly recommended.

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The Paris Connection

The Paris ConnectionThe Paris Connection by Cerella Sechrist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›Another great read from the Harlequin Heartwarming line. This book fulfilled my expectations for an enjoyable wholesome romance story, and then some. I loved the corporate environment setting in Paris, France. I appreciated how the romance between Emma and Cole flawlessly developed. It was believable. Sometimes authors don’t take the time to show the progression of a romantic relationship between characters, and the resulting connection seems contrived. This was not the case between Emma and Cole. The author convincingly brought the two together from their initial enemy-like state. This is so significant for me when I’m reading and anticipating how a relationship between two people unfolds in a romantic fiction book. It can be so disappointing when you can’t connect with the main characters because you were never convinced that they should be together. This was certainly not my experience with The Paris Connection. I loved the characters, even the ones I loved to dislike. There were comical parts, tender parts and even a little mystery and suspense. I liked the female character Emma because of her admirable qualities: loyalty, strength, devotion and endurance. And although she was a driven, hardworking woman, she also exhibited vulnerability and uncertainty at times which made her a relatable character. I thoroughly enjoyed The Paris Connection, and if you’re in the mood for a sweet, wholesome romance book with a great storyline, I know you will too.

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