Title: Love Around The Corner: A New Milton Novella
Author: Sally Malcolm
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 29th, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Real life enemies.
Alfie Carter grew up in New Milton, caring for his sick father and keeping their auto repair shop on its feet. He’s touchy about his poor education and doesn’t take kindly to snide remarks from the town’s prickly bookstore owner—no matter how cute he looks in his skinny jeans. Leo Novak’s new life as owner of Bayside Books is floundering. And he could do without the town’s gorgeous, moody mechanic holding a grudge against him after an unfortunate—and totally not his fault— encounter last Christmas.
Left to run the family business alone, Alfie spends his lonely evenings indulging his secret passion for classic fiction and chatting online with witty, romantic ‘LLB’ as they fall in love over literature. Leo’s still reeling from a bad breakup and struggling to make friends in New Milton, so seeks comfort instead in his blossoming online romance with thoughtful, bookish ‘Camaro89’.
But as the holidays approach, ‘LLB’ and ‘Camaro89’ are planning to meet, and realities are about to collide…
Two lonely men, destined for each other—if only they knew it.
I couldn’t love this book more. This is definitely going to be an annual holiday read for me.
Alfie has an online friend that he’s met through a Jane Austin fan club. They’ve been writing for a year now and it’s finally time to meet. But when he’s on his way there he runs into his nemesis, Leo. They met a year ago at a Christmas party when Alfie hit on him and Leo rudely turned him down. Ever since, they’ve hated each other. When Alfie’s friend doesn’t show, he can’t help but be crushed. But maybe a Christmas miracle will bring Leo and Alfie closer.
This story reminded me of the movie You’ve Got Mail in a lot of ways. Maybe it was just the premise of developing a relationship online, then the letdown of being stood up, only to find your soulmate in real life.
Sally Malcolm has a way with words. This story wasn’t flashy or difficult, but it was brilliant nonetheless. I couldn’t stop reading it…finished in one sitting because my heart couldn’t take it anymore. I had to know. HAD TO KNOW.
There were so many quotes from the classics, any bibliophile would appreciate the nod to greatness. There was nothing flimsy or flashy. It wasn’t insta-love. It was a long time coming and it was worth the wait. I seriously cannot say how amazing this story was.
Give it a try and I hope you love it as much as I did. It certainly warmed my semi-grinch-like heart. (Especially the part about the hand blown tree pickles.)
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