Adele Matin grew up with a mother that seemed to always smother her, take away things that she felt did not need to be in Adele’s possession, and forbid her to see her Aunt; among other things. At the age of 17 Adele left her mother Marge, in search of bigger and better things. She found herself in New York working as a manager in an Art Gallery, but truth be told she had hidden herself away… even so much as going to change her name to hide her past. When she ended up in bed with the wrong man and her perfect life came crashing down, she had no choice but to go back to Pennsylvania. The cottage was exactly what she believed her mother would have loved, but there was always this unspoken rage that Adele felt for her mother.
Knowing that this was a last resort, with some good neighbors, and a lifetime of hidden secrets, and not to mention the good looking artist Hermit Jay, it may be time for Adele to grow up and see what Notch Lane has to offer. Jay was a diamond in the rough, so much like Adele. She wanted no strings attached, like she had always had, but with Jay she became unraveled and started to feel for the first time in her life. With the good comes the bad, digging into a past that was better left buried, Adele has no idea what to do or how to handle the uncovered truth that Marge and her Aunt Christine tried to keep hidden. All she can do is take it day by day, learning how to love, trust, and mentor a young teenager; all-the-while trying to win the war raging within herself.
Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale is a Contemporary Romance novel that you can curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and get completely lost in. I loved the hardness and determination of Adele, and how she struggled with showing her emotions. Ms. Dale writes with a great emotion, and wondrous detail. 4.5 Hearts
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