From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes a love story about taking chances and the surprises that come with them.
My love story all started with a letter.
Only it wasn’t from the man I’d eventually fall in love with. It was from his daughter. A sweet little girl named Birdie Maxwell who’d written to the magazine that I worked for.
You see, once a year my employer fulfilled a few wishes for readers. Only that column didn’t start up again for months.
So I fulfilled some of her wishes myself. It was harmless…so I thought. Until one day I took things too far.
While anonymously granting yet another of Birdie’s wishes, I got a look at her father. Her devastatingly handsome, single dad father.
I should have stopped playing fairy godmother then. I should have left well enough alone. But I just couldn’t help myself. I had a connection to this girl. One that had me acting irrationally.
Like when I showed up on their doorstep.
I’m a sucker for single-dad romances and the man that Sebastian Maxwell is and the fact that he loves with his whole heart, even when he didn’t think he’d find that bond again after he lost his wife, makes him even more attractive and while he’s definitely a gorgeous man, what makes him beyond swoon worthy is how he treats his daughter and how she is his number one priority.
A big part of me understands why Sadie Bisset does what she does…why granting one holiday wish turned into another and another, until a line was crossed and a decision was made that would categorically alter, not just her life, but all three of them, making it clear that there was always more at work than any of them ever knew or could possibly understand. Did Sadie act without thinking of the repercussions? Absolutely, but once readers learn all the ins and outs of how it all played out, once it’s obvious that she’s making choices and taking actions with her heart more so than her head, they won’t be able to hold any of her actions against her, at least not for long.
Everything that happens is truly the work of fate because there’s no way that the path Sadie, Sebastian and Birdie took, both individually and together, could be as intertwined as they are, even before they truly understood all of the whys and hows. The entire set of circumstances that befall Sadie, Sebastian and Birdie as well as all of the variables that have to line up in order for things to play out like they have will amaze readers because the meticulous care the writers take to tell the story that their characters demand will resonate with them.
What I always love about a Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward book is the unique storyline and plot pivots that they create, ones that seem to come out of nowhere, but then seamlessly fit into the big picture in a way that needed to happen. These kind of plot decisions keep the story line engaging, making readers stay riveted to the pages so that they witness everything unfold as quickly as possible, not just to have their curiosity satisfied but also because the process to the characters’ happily ever after takes a bit longer with how Keeland and Ward craft and unravel their stories.
4.5 Poison Apples
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.