Arc Book Review: Someone to Love by Donna Alward

March 7, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 1

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Arc Book Review: Someone to Love by Donna AlwardSomeone to Love (Darling, VT #2) by Donna Alward
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on March 7th 2017
Genres: Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Author
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Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder and an attraction he cannot deny.
Willow s come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn t expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other s hearts?


As this is a romance, most romantic stories end the same way. It’s the getting to that ended that matters. This book was different. There were multiple little character arcs that had the character, and me, reeling and needing to slow down. This is so true to life, that I could not stop reading!

While I was concerned about all their little, and some not so little, hiccups, the story line was fabulous. As a romance it really goes slow. It is paced beautifully. Donna Alward really takes her time setting the stage and making her readers wait for that special moment.

So frustrating!

But, I concede the point that this was such a great story, that there was no need to hurry the characters along. They had to go at their own pace, especially since they’ve both been hurt. Baggage is always hard to get over.

Ethan sounds adorable. I just love his gruff exterior and the way they meet is out of this world. They do say that opposites attract but the fact that Willow is like a fairy nymph and Ethan seems so grounded makes this for a very interesting tale. They are different but they are also very alike in many ways, and it takes quite some time for them to see that their is an attraction there. Especially since they don’t like each other, at first!

Sadly, I did not get to read Darling, VT #1, but there is enough in this that I did not feel lost. There are a lot of characters but the way they are introduced helped me to fall in love with them one by one. I loved this so much that I want to go back and find #1 just so I can have the full story. Especially since there’s a third coming out in April!

In short: Edge of your seat romance! I read this in a day! I just bought a house but damned if I was going to put this down to go paint.

Downside: I wanted more recipes. This started with a couple recipes, short but promising, in the beginning but didn’t go further with more. I want more!

Upside: I didn’t want the book to end!


Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5



About Donna Alward

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at and join her mailing list at .








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