THE ACCIDENTAL BRIDE
The healing power of knitting is wrapped around Skye’s newest Summer Island book like a snuggly blanket. There is genuine warmth and caring in this story of a woman, forced by unexpected illness, to re-evaluate her life and goals. Skye has a true gift for characterization — which is on full display in this abundantly charming and heart-warming tale. Feel-good romance at its best!
Talented and driven chef Jilly O’Hara is on the verge of another expansion of her burgeoning little empire, when her heart decides to up-end her plans. Suffering a heart-attack at 27 is extremely scary, especially as tests indicate she has a congenital defect. As full-steam-ahead is the only speed Jilly knows, her close friends Grace, Caro and Olivia plan an intervention and send Jilly off to a spa in Wyoming. Local Walker Hale and his dog Winslow are both still recovering from injuries received in Afghanistan when they meet Jilly. For Winslow and Jilly, it’s love at first sight, and surprisingly Walker finds himself intrigued as well. Getting caught up in a scheme to make an elderly lady happy is about to bring these two closer than they anticipated. (HQN, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)