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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Door To Love by Nancy Sweetland

The Door To Love by Nancy Sweetland
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (226 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Courtney James’ plan to reinvent her life by opening a sports shop in romantic Door County, Wisconsin, is complicated by handsome Link Spencer, a Chicago lawyer who unexpectedly inherits a half interest in the property and discovers a full interest in her. Angry and reluctant to include him in her plans even while attracted to him, she tries to buy him out. He refuses.

Chicago debutante Georgie Burns, Link’s former lover, arrives and complicates Link’s determination to win Courtney. So does Courtney’s sister Lisbet who sets her sails for Link as a father-to-be for 7-year old Andy. The small boy disappears in a violent summer storm and a fire demolishes Courtney’s Sports. Her dream dissolved, Courtney returns to Milwaukee. Has she left her heart…and her love…in Door County?

Two years have passed since Courtney James lost her husband in a fiery NASCAR car crash, and she continues to mourn his loss. Determined to move forward with her life, she purchases a small shop with the intention of renting boats on the coast of Green bay. All is right with the world until the devastatingly handsome Lincoln Spencer shows up, informing Courtney he has become her business partner following the previous owner’s death. An instant attraction will unite the two in passion, but will it be enough to break Courtney out of her shell and allow her to open her heart?

The Door To Love is a story about letting go, moving forward, and embracing happiness. The death of a spouse is something no person should ever experience, and the impact that follows the loss is devastating. Courtney is so consumed by grief she hasn’t even considered the future, she’s just living in the now. When she meets Link, she realizes there might be someone else out there for her. The trouble is, her heart is stuck between the then and now, and finding that comforting middle ground is something that continues to elude her.

While well written, I did feel there were aspects of the story that could have been made stronger. The characters are memorable, and you’ll adore each and everyone one of them, but the romantic relationships that are formed seemed a trifle rushed. I would have liked more interaction to understand why it was particular people ‘loved’ one another. I was told it occurred, and that the emotions existed, but I was never shown. That’s not to say that Link and Courtney (and other important players that find love) aren’t wonderful together, because they are. I just kept waiting for that moment of connection that signified something more.

Even still, this is a wonderful romance story that I enjoyed. Courtney is saucy, and Link is yummy. If you love contemporary, with a splash of spice, definitely check out The Door To Love.