Author: Lucinda Whitney
Series: Romano Family #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: May 31, 2018
Publisher: Lange House Press
Can the magic of the season keep them together beyond Christmas?
When Luciana Romano arrives in Hudson Springs, New York, her plan is to complete her restoration job at the museum so she can return home to her family right after Christmas. But a blizzard grounds all flights, and she finds herself stranded. The DiLorenzo family offers her a place to stay, and she accepts their hospitality. But the unexpected attraction between her and the quiet, good-looking son makes it hard to want to leave.
Jack DiLorenzo is stuck. Managing the family’s Italian café is not what he’d planned to do with his life, but his sense of duty won’t let him quit. When his grandmother invites a Portuguese woman to stay with them, Jack feels something he hasn’t felt for a long time: hope. He knows he shouldn’t get close to Luciana since she’s leaving as soon as the airport opens, but he can’t help himself.
Yet as the magic of the season begins to work on them, he wonders how he can let go of the woman who’s awakened his heart.
Rating: Mild. Mild kissing.
4.5 stars for this latest Romano Family story. Luciana flies from Portugal to the small town of Hudson Springs, NY for work, and to get away from all the wedding planning for the upcoming weddings of two of her cousins. Single girls with no current romantic prospects can only take so much without getting depressed or feeling like they’re never going to meet their own special someone.
What is that saying about when you stop looking for something it finally turns up? Luckily for Luciana the driver from the airport knew of a good place for breakfast–DiLorenzo’s Italian Bakery and Café. This is where she meets Jack DiLorenzo–baker, cook, bookkeeper for the café, and all around great guy. Luciana starts eating lunch at the café everyday and soon she’s dinner with the DiLorenzo family almost every night. His mom and grandma remind Luciana of her grandma and aunts back in Portugal.
She and Jack both realize they’re developing feelings for each other, but don’t think anything can come of it since they live on different continents. Can a super long-distance relationship work? One of them would have to move, how will they decide which one? No spoilers from me, you’ll have to read it to find out what happens. I felt that their romance flowed naturally–they spent quite a bit of time together and got to know each other by talking about their families, etc. I really liked how much their families mean to each of them. Luciana and Jack are likeable and realistic characters–I mean who doesn’t love a man who can cook?! Don’t read this book if you’re hungry because the author gives yummy descriptions of the food and pastries Jack makes for Luciana. Jack’s grandma’s hot chocolate recipe sounds divine.
I listened to this one as an audio book. I thought the narrator did a good job and the accents sounded good to me (I don’t know much about Portuguese accents though).
This is the third book I’ve read in this series, (I missed #3) and this was different in that it took place mostly in the states instead of Portugal. But the love interest in New York is from an Italian family so there was a little twist there.
I found the characters to be likable and I wanted them to succeed. The romance is quick moving and other than the geographical distance there isn’t a lot of conflict. It is just a nice, fluffy romance for when you want a feel good quick read. It could be the premise for a Hallmark movie.
I enjoy books with big noisy and nosy families so it was fun that they both have that.
No sex, language or violence
*I received a complimentary copy of this audio book and voluntarily chose to review it.