Sunday, 20 April 2014

Review: Waiting for You by Heather Huffman

Title: Waiting for You
Author: Heather Huffman
Release date: May 7th 2014
Publisher: Booktrope
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 118
Source: Publisher
Purchase link: Amazon

For years, Karise McAlister has been running: from her family, from herself, and from her dreams. Now she’s made it, with a successful career and a promising engagement. But when she meets the compelling and creative Aidan Donnelly, his down-to-earth charm provides the wakeup call Karise badly needs. Moving across country to start over, Karise devotes herself to her work, convinced she needs to be independent. But with handsome Aidan just down the road and a mischievous group of friends determined to set her up, Karise must face her concerns about life and romance head-on.

Waiting for You is just as beautiful as Heather's previous novels. It's an amazing story with unique characters whom you can't help but fall in love with. This book is slightly different from the previous ones I've read, in that there isn't an element of danger or mystery running throughout. But that didn't matter, because the book is just as compelling.

This book follows Karise McAlister, who is Devon and Alex's half-sister on their mother's side. She's making her way in life as an architect, and she's engaged to a man she loves... or thinks she loves. Meeting Aidan Donnelly at an art exhibition is the catalyst to her realization that the path her life is taking isn't what she really wants. So Karise boldly breaks off the engagement, and is out of a job. She seizes the opportunity when Kate, a woman she met at the exhibition, offers her a job to remodel their house in California. Oh, and Aidan happens to be living down the road - he's good friends with Kate and her husband, Gavin. As Karise spends more time with Aidan and the people around him and reconnects with her family, she discovers who she wants to be.

Karise is certainly a breath of fresh air considering the string of drab protagonists in the recent books I've read. I loved her! She's sweet and really witty, and some of her antics are just adorable. And downright hilarious. Karise is as genuine as it gets. She also blurts out exactly what she thinks, which is something I really like about her, but of course she'd consider it a flaw. Though she doesn't want anything to do with her mother's side of the family, the McAllisters, she makes an effort when she realizes she pushed away an incredible bunch of people. I especially loved her interactions with Aidan and with Devon.

Ahh, Aidan. Such an amazing guy. He's gorgeous, kind, funny, and he can cook! Sorry, I tend to fixate on guys who can cook because I don't see that much and I think it's hot. Aidan has a four-year-old daughter, Zoe (the mother left them years ago). Aidan would do anything for Zoe, and it's so beautiful to see that. Oh, another interesting fact about Aidan? He owns a goat farm! What I love most about Heather's characters is that they're all so different from the norm. In each book, you get to experience something you never would have otherwise. Aidan owns a whole bunch of goats, they're milked regularly and he sells goat cheese. He also has chickens and a couple of really adorable dogs. It was definitely fun seeing how Karise adapts to all of it!

Besides Aidan, Karise spends a lot of time with Kate and Gavin - they're the best couple ever, honestly. They're both incredibly supportive of their friends, and Kate does everything in her power to set Karise up with Aidan. Luckily it doesn't take long! Another thing I loved about this book is that we get to see a lot of Devon. If you've read Roses in Ecuador, you'll remember him as the male protagonist. It was amazing seeing him again, reaching out to his half-sister. Karise and Devon catch up, and she realizes how much her brother cares about her. Devon helps her out a lot, and it's also cute seeing how overprotective he is. I felt sorry for Aidan a couple times!

There's also a point where we get to see all three McAlisters together, along with their families. So we see Jane again as well, and find out how she's doing with Devon in Ecuador. I haven't read Alex's story, Ring of Fire, yet, but I certainly will very soon. I'm intrigued by her and Daniel, and especially by their ward, Lani. Who is a royal! It's fascinating to think about how diverse and experienced the McAlisters are.

Karise and Aidan's story isn't perfect, of course - they have bumps along the way. But nothing they can't get past. And it was sweet seeing Zoe accept Karise into the family so willingly. Though the plot is free from dark turns or twists, I was just as riveted by it as Heather's other books. Waiting for You is soft yet strong, humourous yet incredibly romantic. I loved every part of it.

*Thank you to Sophie Weeks for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 5/5

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