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Friday, April 8, 2011

Getting It Right This Time by Rachel Brimble

Getting It Right This Time by Rachel Brimble
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (167 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Fennel

She’s back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.

Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.

A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.

Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work. But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter? Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?

Take Mark Johnson, a theatrical agent, and Kate Marshall, a widow and her young daughter, Jess, and what do you get? Ms. Brimble’s skilful weaving of a powerful story of past regrets that overshadow the present and threaten the future.

You get love lost and found, intertwined with fear to acknowledge that perhaps ‘lost’ is not quite accurate. Kate Marshall, Ms. Brimble’s heroine rivals a hedgehog for prickles, and I wondered whether I would connect favourably with her.

‘Mark bloody Johnston’, is Kate’s summation of the hero in the opening scene and immediately snags the readers’ curiosity for the reason for the conflict between the two. You see, early on, that the Mark of today grew out of his loss in the past and it doesn’t take long to root for his cause.

Both main characters are flawed and that is part of their appeal, and has the reader wondering whether they can overcome the pitfalls the author sets them.

As always, the author involves her readers in the setting and pace of her scenes. At time the emotions she creates almost smack you in the face they feel so real and immediate.

The secondary characters ratchet up the conflict as the plots are woven inextricably throughout the story. It is plain both characters have learned a lot in their recent past, but is it enough to persuade them to fight for their future and that of a delightful little girl?

Getting it Right This Time is a powerful story, written with the author’s usual charming and unique style and voice.