by Adelle Lauden
Lizzy would give it all back just to hear her mother's voice one more time... the house, the furniture...even the money. Regardless, her heartless stepfather is determined to take what he feels is rightfully his. Handyman, Adam Woodward rides into Lizzy's life and vows to keep her safe, but is it enough to stop the cold, callous determination of Ben Stokes?
Smiling Eye’s main character Lizzy, is a sweet girl just on the verge of adulthood. At only eighteen, she must learn quickly to fend for herself if she is to make it. The story unfolds her efforts to escape her cruel stepfather Ben, and establish her own little household while grieving her mother. Adam, the handyman Lizzy hires, becomes her friend and more as time progresses and the author unwraps the blossoming romance between these two in a pleasing way – taking their young ages into account, but providing enough emotional sensuality to feel the connection these two have.
The story line is fairly predicable, and the novel’s length does not allow time to develop the characters or the story very deeply; however, Smiling Eyes is a quick and entertaining read. I would call this a “beach read”; not much depth, but sometimes all you want is to be diverted and entertained. Smiling Eyes accomplishes that neatly.
Review by Dahlia