Feature book: A Diamond in Her Stocking
Lizzie Dumont has returned to the beautiful coastal town of Dolphin Bay where she spent most of her holidays with her family as a child and teenager. Much has happened in her life since the days that she spent helping the owner of the guesthouse, Maura Morgan, in the kitchen and learning to love cooking. She became a chef and spent time in Paris and Lyon at some of the best restaurants. After her marriage break up and being a single mum, life has been a bit rough and she has come to take over the Bay Bites Café, which is owned by her sister, Sandy. She is hoping that life will get better for her and her daughter Amy. One of the first people she runs into is Jesse Morgan, her sister’s brother-in-law, and someone that she is drawn to after a night together at Sandy’s wedding. There is no way Lizzie is going to become one of Jesse’s girls.
Jesse Morgan is drop-dead gorgeous but after being dumped by the woman he loved and wanted to marry he is very wary of being hurt again. The town people are taking wagers on whether he will ever marry and of course the talk caused from the song Jesse’s Girl. He is careful to choose women who do not want long term, but he is also such a caring guy. He will never purposely hurt anyone. Jesse is back in his home town of Dolphin Bay after an injury has kept him from returning to his job as an engineer, helping rebuild towns in poorer countries that have been devastated by floods and catastrophes. He has offered to help his brother Ben and sister-in-law Sandy with the opening of the new café, although he is wary of being with Lizzie again after the way she dumped him at Ben and Sandy’s wedding.
Lizzie is shocked to see Jesse at the café when she arrives to start getting things organised for the opening. There is such a spark of electricity between them, but both have a lot to overcome and they agree to be friends, and friends only, while they work at getting the café up and running. This gets harder for both of them as the days go on as Jesse drives Lizzie around the local area so she can meet the local growers and buy produce. The more they talk and get to know each other, the closer they become. Jesse is such a caring and understanding guy and, as both of them realise that what happened at the wedding was a big misunderstanding, they decide to give their relationship a go and what a sensual romance this one is.
I loved this story and being back in Dolphin Bay with the friends we have met in the past two books in this series. Ms Shepherd writes such great stories that will pull you in with a wonderful setting. I really want to be in Dolphin Bay with the Morgans and the wonderful people of the town. The ending is so good. This is one book that I wanted to get to the end, but didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend this one, as well as this series.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 18 March 2015 will go into the draw to win this book. (The giveway is now closed—congratulations to Lyn W.)