Garbera equips her main characters, Alexandra and Sterling, with insightful information about one another that contradicts the early stage they are at in their relationship. Heavy emphasis
is placed on details, but by the end, they fail to play out in any major way. Too much repetitive inner dialogue, underdeveloped characters and very little forward motion make it almost impossible for readers to become heavily invested in these characters and their lives.

Alexandra Haughton has spent the last 10 years since her husband's death building walls around her heart and wrapping herself up in the Haughton House hotel and resort. When Sterling Powell comes to town with plans to merge her resort into his own, all of Alexandra's carefully erected walls come crashing down around her. (Brava, Dec., 384 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Madsen