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Friday, January 23, 2009

Let Nothing You Dismay by Linda Swift

Let Nothing You Dismay by Linda Swift
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Violet 

Kala's position as a tour guide at a Kentucky Welcome Center isn't enough to cope with huge debts left by her late husband's illness, but she manages to make ends meet…until her car quits running.

To save money on repairs, she enrolls in an auto-maintenance class taught by Rex, a handsome part-time instructor whose broken heart needs repairing, too. After recently losing his important job and family, he has sworn never to get involved with another woman.

Kala discounts her growing attraction to Rex when she learns he is years younger, until the winter storm of the century throws them together. When the Interstate closes down, Kala opens her home to a houseful of strangers. Despite fire, flood, and friction, she creates an old-fashioned holiday rich in the true spirit of Christmas. In the process, Kala and Rex discover the greatest gift—love.

Kala had the perfect life, a wonderful husband, children, grandchildren, a job she enjoyed and the traditions that came along during the holidays. Her perfect life is turned upside down when her husband dies of Cancer. Kala is left alone, her children had all moved away and she was left alone in a huge house with debt up to her ears. When Kala's car dies on the side of the road, she takes a proactive step towards self-reliance by enrolling in a basic automotive class. Rex, the hunky teacher, has gone through a divorce and hadn't been too thrilled about taking the position. With only six students in the class, Rex is able to work one on one with the students. One student, Kala, stands out in the crowd with her very proper and admirable ways. Rex and Kala find they have more in common than just the automotive class.

Kala's character was very intriguing. She was strong willed and determined to make her own way through life. She did not want to depend on anyone else. Although grief stricken, Kala finds herself attracted to Rex, and Rex in turn is attracted to her. Rex was a man who was not looking for a woman and tried as hard as he could to deny any feelings he had for Kala. The way he handled certain situations was very noble and patient. I felt very connected to these two characters and found myself hoping they could develop a relationship. The secondary characters, like Tyler, were very humorous and brought the story to a new level.

Linda Swift did an amazing job with Let Nothing You Dismay. Incorporating facts about the only Welcome Center in Kentucky made this book very special to my heart. Not often do I read books with actual facts of a real place that I would like to visit. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a sweet romantic story. I will continue to look for more books by Linda Swift. I found myself intrigued with her style of writing.