*** ARC provided by the author via Southern Belle Promotions ***
Life Rewritten was a fantastic first novel, about the journey of a widowed woman, single mother of a 18 yo, Victoria Bennett, and how finding happiness isn’t turning the way she planned. This story is told with humor, a hint of sarcasm and emotion.
In the way to socialize again after the death of her husband, she signed up for a dating site, with the help of her son and best friend, who supported her in her attempt to socialize, but it was a complete disaster!
From the first page when we read about her dates, it was so hilarious! She had to relearn the process of having dates and meeting people. When the last time you had a date was 20 year ago, you know that the process is going to be awkward and definitely not natural.
In the meantime, everyone was moving on, white she was struck into her world, with no real goal.
Things get interesting when she decided to open her retiring reading place, when Books lovers can find a quiet place to enjoy their reading and sharing their love for books. Definitely a dream job to me!!!
We can sense that the story takes another turn when she was helped by Dillon, the owner of her favorite place, The Irish Coffee.
What about Dillon? Irish, forty-three yo, very handsome, with a sexy smile and dimples! Do I mentioned that this man can cook too? Yeah I am fangirling!!! And even with all these qualities, he was a reserved man, a little bit shy, when it comes to woman! It was incredibly cute and endearing. I lost count about his many times I was smiling, swooning about him, really.
Oh this man seemed perfect on paper, didn’t he? Just to let you know, he has some surprising secrets on his own, but you have to read the book to find out. I really enjoyed that part, giving to Dillon’s character a great balance about how Victoria was kind of idealizing him and how in fact he was just a man, with flaws, but so in love with her.
The banter and chemistry were great with an incredible dynamic between all the characters. Victoria and Dillon took time to learn about each other and dating. He was encouraging her and he was respecting her choices. He was as clueless as her into the process of dating. He had a failed relationship and was protecting his heart, but with her, it was so different, so natural and with a lot of sexual tension in the air!
Of course, she was struggling with her feelings for Dillon. It was confusing and she was feeling guilty to open her heart to someone else.
I was smiling all along the story! It was a feel good book, giving us hope for second chance at love, living again after the loss of a loved one. But will you take the chance or not? How can you love someone again, but a totally different way? Andrea Johnston wrote about it in a very witty and perky way. It was a promising first novel! Really enjoyed it!