Title: Silver Linings
Author: Kaylee Baldwin
Published Date: March 14, 2014
Type: Clean Romance
Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of “smart” business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he’s broke and has nowhere else to go.
Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she also had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn’t the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend’s new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.
I absolutely enjoyed every moment of reading this book! I am going to admit something to you though. When I first started to read Silver Linings I didn’t realize this book was about Drew, who was in the first book, Home Matters. He was the that Pete met in a restaurant, and wanted to give his money to a charity. I guess that is why the books ‘should’ be read in order 1-6!
I feel that the author did a wonderful job of giving background information on the 2 main characters, Eden and Drew. Many books today jump right into the story and ‘forget’ to make us care for the characters.
Eden is a loving, giving young woman who doesn’t know what she is going to do after her mother passes away. Her grandmother died and then she found out her mother has lung cancer. If that wasn’t enough she then had to sale her family home to pay for her mothers mounting hospital bills.
Eden is loved by all those around her, especially all the senior citizens in the assisted living community she works at, Silver Linings. She has a tendency to take care of everyone around her, except herself. I really liked Eden, she was selfless and didn’t expect anything in return for anything she did for others.
Drew is a millionaire, turned penniless (by his own choosing) and homeless. How many people do you know that would give away their trust funds, and walk away from their lives? Not many. I am not sure I would’ve done that. He tends to think that people are more important that money, which is the opposite of what his father thinks.
When Drew arrives in Bridger, Colorodo he gets lost trying to find his friend Jace’s house, then his car breaks down. It is dark, snowing and freezing outside. He has no choice but to get out of his car and walk to try to find help. The first place he come upon is Silver Linings. There he meets Eden, and she gives his warm food, blankets and kindness. She then drives him to his destination, his friend Jace’s house. Where Drew finds out that Jace is Eden’s boyfriend.
There was an instant attraction between Eden and Drew. Notice I didn’t say ‘love at first sight’, which I don’t believe in anyway. That is one reason I liked this book so much. It seemed believable and real. To many romance novels have the hero and heroine falling in love instantly, and that is not realistic. Neither Drew nor Eden acted on their attraction because they cared to much for Jace to betray him that way.
I liked how the friendship between Eden and Drew developed over time, and didn’t seem rushed. The author didn’t portray Jace to be the bad guy in the story. She did quit the opposite, which was refreshing. Some of my favorite secondary characters in the book were Maude and Wanda, residents at Silver Linings. They were funny, thoughtful, a little scheming and wanted only happiness for Eden.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys clean romances, and very good ones at that. If you haven’t read the first book ‘Trading Spaces’, I recommend that you start with that one first. You will enjoy the books more if you read them in order. I am looking forward to reading the other novellas in this series by different authors, as well as I am Mrs Baldwin’s other books as well.
Eden wouldn’t meet her eyes. “I had a few things I needed to get done.”
Maud snorted. “You’re hanging out with the octogenarian crowd after clocking out.” She placed a hand on Eden’s arm. “It’s pathetic, dear.”
Wanda elbowed Maud. “It’s not that you’re pathetic, but you should be out with that young hunk of yours instead of hanging out with us.”
Eden sighed. Her social life—or lack thereof—was one of the things Wanda and Maud loved to analyze and discuss. Whether Eden wanted their input or not.
“You need to make time for him,” Maud said. “And he needs to romance you.”
“Sweep you off your feet,” Wanda said.
“She’s right. There’s been absolutely no feet-sweeping.”
“No passion,” Mrs. Kipper called from the corner, still holding her romance novel. “Is it too much to ask for a little passion?”
Eden’s face grew warm as the entire room—with the exception of Mr. Wilmot, who wouldn’t be distracted from a puzzle even if the whole room were filled with passionate couples—stared at her.
“We’re not teenagers,” she defended. And she didn’t need passion. She needed someone to pass the time with on the weekends. A reason to go to her old house. A friend.
When Kaylee Baldwin isn’t writing, she’s usually chasing after her four children, checking her email, trying to get motivated to train for that race she shouldn’t have signed up for, hanging out with her pretty awesome husband, and reading whatever good book she can find. She graduated from Arizona State with degree in English Lit. Her published books are Meg’s Melody, Six Days of Christmas (part of the All I Want collection) and Silver Linings.
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