Sophie McKibbin finds herself back in Sam Crawford’s life after ten years. Unfortunately, Sam is dating Lola, Sophie’s high school nemesis. Lola dumps Sam the day before he was supposed to introduce his mystery girlfriend to his family over the Fourth of July holiday. With the looming fear of disappointing his mother once again and his long held feelings for Sophie, he asks her to take Lola’s place. With family feuds, an old flame, and feelings that have been locked away for a decade, there is bound to be some fireworks.
“Fireworks” is a novella, approximately 22,000 words
I’m going to admit, I am a sucker for ‘long lost love’ romance stories, and Fireworks really didn’t disappoint.
Sophie and Sam are likeable characters that the reader wants to know more about, especially once Sam is dumped by Lola. I did wonder how the new ‘couple’ would pull off their charade, particularly with how clear it was that they still had feelings for each other, even without factoring in their meddling family members. I have to admit, I wanted to hit Sam’s mother and actually applauded his father for his response to what she’d done.
Grey weaves her tale well, and the romance is believable due to Sophie and Sam’s history, yet never gets too cloying due to the secrecy behind Sophie’s previous’s relationship and the introduction of her ex. It gave the reader just enough mystery and slight angst to prevent the book being too soppy as some romances can be.
My only issue with this story was that the story felt a little rushed. I personally feel it would have worked better as a longer book.
All in all, this was a lovely, easy read that swept me away. I would certainly look out for more by this author.
Lindsey Gray dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. She has written three full-length novels and one short story for The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and is now taking the self-publishing leap with her novella, “Fireworks”.
A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading almost anything she can get her hands on, and making life interesting at each and every turn.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lindsey-Gray/e/B004MSX224/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Other titles by Lindsey Gray available through The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House:http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/9