THE ENGAGEMENT PLOT
Warmth and witty humor prevail as sweet romance blossoms from the ashes of a reality TV/tabloid fiasco. Despite Hanna’s frustrating tendency to run away from her problems, readers will relate to her very human struggle with thoughts that are brutally honest and often hilarious, yet knowingly less than kind. Her good-girl image and country-bred spunk are an engaging complement to William’s perceived bad-boy vibe. William’s antics as he playfully teases and patiently woos Hanna evoke out-loud laughter and satisfied dreamy sighs. Strong secondary characters and backstory add to the appeal of this book that both entertains and encourages with themes of forgiveness and second chances.
The only thing Hanna regrets more than participating in that reality dating show is the damage done to her reputation and her heart. When William unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep months after the show airs, Hanna battles visions of gouging his eyes out. Appearing on a reality TV show was supposed to give his company a much-needed financial boost, but when William fumbles at the finish line, his board of directors concocts a plan to patch things up. While William is eager to apologize for his part in the negative media frenzy, Hanna’s chilly reception is just the tip of the iceberg. (SHILOH RUN, Nov., 320 pp., $14.99)