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I am posting this today as part of the Spring Fling Harlequin Series Blog Tour and am sharing with you information about The Trouble With Picket Fences by Teri Wilson – including my review, its synopsis and an excerpt to whet your appetite together with information about the author.
Title: The Trouble with Picket Fences
Series: Lovestruck, Vermont #3
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Published: March 30th, 2021
This is a lovely contemporary romance featuring a couple in their forties. She was a Miss America pageant queen and has recently ended decided to make a fresh start. She ended long term relationship after he didn’t want to be a father, successfully used a sperm donor and has left her city life to move to the small community of Lovestruck, Vermont where she’s bought a business and new home. That home shouldn’t have a picket fence – she wants it gone. That’s how she meets widower fireman Cap McBride – whilst in a store she asks him to pull it down for her . . . . From this inauspicious beginning can two people not looking for romance actually inadvertently find it, or will the fences around their hearts keep each other out?
Each main character has their own issues. Apart from being five months pregnant, Melanie wants to make friends and fit in with her new community to make a real home for her and her baby. Cap is the local Captain of the fire brigade as well as a single Dad with a teenage son but he also has health worries that he’s not sharing. There’s an instant attraction between Melanie and Cap but both are wary to trust anyone else. With new friendships, new community events to organise, Melanie’s sunny disposition and love of lemons shines through the story. She definitely lives up to the adage, if life gives you lemons make lemonade!
This is a lovely, sweet, romance with plenty of angst and turmoil en route to their HEA. It is the third book in this series but works well as a standalone – I really need to go back to read the earlier books as this was so good. Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
She could teach him to turn lemons into lemonade.
All her life, Melanie Carlisle knew how to succeed in the face of failure. So when she finds herself pregnant—and her ex-boyfriend bows out, claiming he’s not the “picket fence type”—Melanie is on her own. Now she has a house—with a picket fence she wants gone. Cap McBride is dealing with his own problems, what with a potentially career-ending hearing loss and his surly teenager. So the last thing he wants to do is get involved with a single pregnant woman. As for fences? The only thing he knows how to do is put them up!
Will this fence make good neighbors into something more in the latest installment of award-winning author Teri Wilson’s Lovestruck, Vermont series?
Book 1: Baby Lessons
Book 2: A Firehouse Christmas Baby
Book 3: The Trouble with Picket Fences
Blog tour excerpt
Melanie stood at her kitchen counter, stirring a pitcher of fresh-squeezed lemonade with her favorite wooden spoon while she gazed out the window and watched the man she’d met at the hardware store systematically disassemble her white picket fence. She didn’t normally coerce strange men into doing her favors like this. Melanie was more of a do-it-herself kind of girl. But desperate times called for desperate measures and all that. As much as she didn’t want to think of herself as geriatric—ugh, why couldn’t she forget about that mortifying word? — she was well aware that any pregnancy after forty was considered high-risk. She couldn’t go around wielding sledgehammers anymore.
Not that she’d had much occasion to do so in the past, but still.
The muscles in Cap’s broad shoulders flexed beneath his LFD T-shirt as he added another white board to the pile of discarded lumber in her front yard. Melanie wondered if he was a firefighter. Probably so, given his attire and also given his proficiency at manual labor. He was making quick work of the fence. She could definitely picture him chopping away at a smoldering pile of rubble with an ax or carrying a baby away from a burning building.
Melanie blinked. Hard. She didn’t want this man darting around her imagination, no matter how heroic he seemed. And she was really getting tired of the annoying habit she’d developed of trying to picture every man she met interacting with a child. She blamed it on Greg. Once a man told you that he had absolutely zero interest in having children—ever—it was hard not to wonder if other men felt the same. How had she failed to realize that in the eleven years she and Greg had dated, she’d never seen him hold a baby? Not once. It seemed statistically impossible, but alas, it was true. In the wake of their breakup, Melanie had done a thorough inventory of both her memories and her photo al- bums. Across the board, Greg’s arms remained notably baby-free.
Now, whenever she set eyes on a man, Melanie couldn’t help but wonder about his infant- holding history. She refused to get caught off guard again, although she wasn’t sure why. It wasn’t as if she were looking for a husband. Or even a boyfriend—been there, done that, got the T-shirt. She had a new baby to think about. A new business. A new home. Her plate was beyond full as it was.
Even so, she would have bet money on the fact that Cap had held his fair share of babies. Probably his share plus Greg’s neglected share combined, a fact that didn’t sway Melanie in the slightest. She liked to think of her baby-holding scale as an odd science experiment of sorts, not a measure of attractiveness. But the man had agreed to do her a massive favor without knowing anything about her other than her name, so the least she could do was whip him up a pitcher of lemonade.
It was her specialty, after all. And being America’s unofficial lemonade queen, she’d carefully labeled her kitchen boxes to ensure that her juicer, wooden spoon and glass pitcher were readily accessible.
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USA Today Bestselling Author Teri Wilson writes heartwarming romance with a touch of whimsy. Three of Teri’s books have been adapted into Hallmark Channel Original Movies, including UNLEASHING MR. DARCY (plus its sequel MARRYING MR. DARCY), THE ART OF US and NORTHERN LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS, based on her book SLEIGH BELL SWEETHEARTS. She is also a recipient of the prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction for her novel THE BACHELOR’S BABY SURPRISE.