What a cute and fun read: Izzy Sassafrass is the youngest of three sisters, infamous in the little town of Matrimony Georgia for their mother’s killing of their father and their knock-down-drag-out fight with ice cream and assorted sundae components in the town’s ice cream parlor.
Years later, the Sassafrass sisters are reunited under their aunt’s roof, she is ill and needs assistance. While none of the girls are speaking, and tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife, the story is told from Izzy’s perspective, so we only see her desire to return to the good times, but her inability to share what a disaster her life has become. She left a cheating husband, convinced he would never find her in Georgia: and did I mention that she took a duffel bag of money?
Levi is a former police officer, after buggering his own career after being taken in by a sexy suspect and nearly causing his partner’s death, he’s struggling to make ends meet as a PI. When he is hired by Ray, Izzy’s husband, to find his wife, Levi heads to Matrimony to see if Izzy is, perhaps, involved in Ray’s scams.
This was a hard to put down story: second chances, families and ties that bind, attraction, hope and above all forgiveness and a belief in true love and happiness. You can’t go wrong with all of those elements thrown into one very gutsy and determined Izzy. New and novel ideas, a belief that she can and will change her life, and above all her desire to make things right with her sisters and aunt, Izzy is hard not to like.
Levi, despite his duplicitousness, finds something wonderful in Izzy, but he still is having a hard time trusting in her. But he can’t deny the attraction that is between them, even as it could jeopardize everything he hopes for. But when Izzy’s husband returns to take back what is his, everything is in jeopardy.
Heartwarming and smile inducing, this little story is hard to put down: the perfect pick me up after a ‘bad day’, with characters that are easy to enjoy and plenty of moments to laugh and smile.
Title: Going to the Chapel
Author: Rita Herron
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Montlake Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon
If there’s a naughty list, Izzy Sassafras is on it—but she’s ready to make a new start this Christmas. Especially after leaving her lying, cheating, no-good husband and fleeing to her old hometown of Matrimony, Georgia. Izzy’s made herself a promise: no more men. All she wants to do is get her wedding business up and running—and mend fences with her estranged sisters. But Izzy knows she’s in trouble when her very first client, a smooth-talking Texan, makes her light up like a Christmas tree.
Desperate for business, private investigator Levi Fox reluctantly takes a case involving a runaway wife in a town called Matrimony. When he meets sweet, sexy Izzy, he decides she can’t possibly be as innocent as she seems. At first, posing as her client is the perfect cover; but he soon imagines himself as a groom—with Izzy as his Christmas bride! Will this case end with a trip to the chapel…or the jailhouse?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.