TITLE: Loving Liam
AUTHOR: Gloria Herrmann
SERIES: The Cloverleaf #1
PUBLICATION: October 1st 2015 by Limitless Publishing
MY RATING: 4 STARS ****
Rachel Montgomery's family doesn't think she can change-but she's going to prove them wrong...
What could be more out of character for overly-cautious Rachel than moving sight unseen to the small town of Birch Valley to become the principal of the town's only elementary school? When she arrives late on her first day, she realizes no one was expecting her, leading to conflict with the staff-and particularly with one handsome, emerald-eyed fourth grade teacher.
Liam O'Brien's life is simple and easygoing, just the way he likes it-until he shows up for school following the holiday break...
Not only is his new boss the rude woman who stole his parking spot, she's highly motivated to switch things up in his very traditional school, and Liam is not a fan of change. His inexplicable attraction to the petite blonde complicates matters, as Rachel is adamant that she didn't move all the way to Birch Valley to get involved in any kind of romance.
But as conflicts are resolved, family ties might draw Liam and Rachel together...
A sweet romance to read under a blanket, with a hot tea or chocolate.
I loved how the author brings to life characters apparently perfect, but far from being that.
Rachel has a very rich family, money are not her problem. But when it comes to family relationships, her life is a complete mess. A father, a plastic surgeon, that judges people only on face-value, a mother busy to maintain high-society friendships and a brother far away building his own career. Her family does not understand why she wants to work in school and why she accepted a job opportunity as principal in the little school of Birch Valley, in a place so much different from California.
Rachel is a strong and determined woman, she knows what is valuable in her life: a good job she loves, her best friend Chelsea, find her true love. Money are not in the equation.
Liam is a teacher in the little school of Birch Valley. He is hot, sexy, sweet and he loves teaching to his little students and they adore him. Liam is a stubborn guy, with a big heart. Also his family seems to be perfect, the typical American happy family. His mother is always smiling, she’s sweet and caring. His father and grandpa are funny and wise. All that glitters ain't gold. His brother Patrick is a widower, left alone to grow up his twin boys only three years old. His sister Meggie lives in Seattle and is facing a very rough moment in her marriage.
When Rachel and Liam met, the chemistry is undeniable. What you expected to explode in a relationship is complicated by conflicts and fears. Rachel thinks too much, and sometimes it seems that there is more action and dialogue between her and her best friend Chelsea than with Liam, and that her connection with Liam’s family seems deeper than with him.
At some point I hoped to turn the page and find something more physical between Rachel and Liam. I’ve turned the pages, I’ve waited… nothing, except one brief and not much detailed encounter. And this has not disappointed me because their love affair was following the natural flow of the story. At the end I think that a romantic love story can be narrated even without sex scenes.
The author is great to describe the town, the surrounding and people, with a lot of details, without being boring or redundant. I could figure Birch Valley, like looking at a photo or a painting. I love this kind of book, it reminds me to Susan Mallery “Fools Gold” or Debbie Macomber “Cedar Cove”, where the stories are set and unfold in small, brilliant, places full of life and people.
The Epilogue has left me with the curiosity to discover what will happen in the next book.
A relaxing and sweet reading, a good debut novel.
I was born and raised in southern California and relocated to beautiful eastern Washington state. The rural small towns that speckle this vast area have inspired my ideal setting for most of the stories I write. The pine and tamarack trees covering the towering mountains, the shimmering lakes and rivers, the abundant wildlife and a feeling of a time forgotten, stirs so many of my creative juices. I can’t thank my parents enough for dragging this city kid on long roadtrips up to this rugged foreign area, because now it is my home and I truly love my life here.
Reading was something that spurred me to begin writing at a young age. I enjoyed creating characters, different settings, and describing anything and everything. Storytelling, I have found is something I have inherited from both of my parents. I love attention to detail, using words to fully bring the picture alive, that is something I got from my dad. Creating characters and figuring out their story and how to achieve their happy ending comes from my mom. Then there is the smell of a book, new or old, the weight of it in your hands as you balance it open, seeing all those beautifully typed words spun and woven into sentences, this was created by a writer. I knew that was what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Over the years I fiddled with a story here and there, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I realized it was time. Time to get those dreams down on paper (or my laptop) and so The Cloverleaf Series was born. Coming from a family that is focused on being involved in each other’s lives as much as possible created a great deal of inspiration and ideas for The Cloverleaf Series. My family is one that has weathered several terrible storms and still somehow keeps propelling forward. During those sunny times we can be seen gathered around, eating good food, sharing memories, and laughing until we can’t catch our breath. We fight hard and love hard.
Romance, I simply love it, that’s why I write it. I remember my mom giving me my very first paperback romance novel. It was a pretty exciting one filled with suspense and an overall excellent storyline, she had just read it and she felt it was suitable for my teenage eyes. That was it, I was hooked. I began to devour these romance stories that varied over the years from sweet to sultry, I consumed thousands of books and stories over the years. Each time I finished reading a novel, the desire to write my own grew stronger. As ideas for books swirled in my mind, it always had a romantic element to it, and I suppose it always will. What is there not to love about falling in love and finding that special person to share your life with? Who doesn’t wish for passion, butterflies in your stomach, and that happily ever after?
As a reader, I can’t even begin to thank all of the writers that have created so many emotions for me, falling in love with characters, mourning their loss, sighing as I close the final chapter or smiling when everyone lives happily ever after. As a writer, I just want to do the same.
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