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Monday, February 6, 2012

Renovations by Theresa Stillwagon

Renovations by Theresa Stillwagon
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Snapdragon

Was she making a big mistake?

Megan Callaway now owned Green Oaks Plantation, with all of its outbuildings and forest of trees and grass – and problems. She planned on changing it into a bed and breakfast. Yet she didn’t have complete control. She would have to agree on everything with Andy Perry, the president of the local historical group.

The man didn’t want to see anything change on the property.

Megan wanted to demolish all the outer buildings except an old-fashion outdoor kitchen.

Sparks fly every time the two get together.

But it’s not until her past starts catching up to her, things get interesting.

Would Megan really be able to let go?

Although 'Renovations' starts with direct contention, it has throughout it a bright and bubbly aura. We readers are continually hopeful about how it will all turn out.

Andrew Perry is mad. After all, he's from the south and he automatically hates the idea that some pushy northerner has managed to buy Green Oaks, a plantation that is a true piece of the small Georgia town's own history. It's not so much the idea of modernizing the old homestead that horrifies him...but that they might lose the evidence of historical events central to the town.

Megan Callaway has her own reasons for considering buying the Green Oaks, and pretty much all of them are personal. She's been hurt, she's out to prove herself and she does not need to be undermined by a too-attractive teacher with an obsessive interest in local history. Or, so she tells herself. The relationship builds from a rocky start toward a whole lot of contention, and it doesnt ever appear as though they will be quite able to see eye to eye.

There are a lot of unpredictable ups and downs--from events involving locals, to bits of the past starting to haunt--and this will really keep you turning the pages. Some of the conversation is stilted and not-quite believable, frequently becoming a vehicle for the author to impart information. However, the more emotional scenes between them are simply touching.

This romance is as classic as some of the real home-cookin' featured: the meatloaf, potatoes and gravy style romance, that you get your own hopes all twined up with theirs right from the start. Even in conflict it's cheery and makes you appreciates the small things in life, from attraction to mutual enjoyment. Do read.