The one that got awayCould Kate Rafael's day get any worse? First she lost her job, then her house burned down and now her ex is back in town. Apparently, Ben McGuffey's taking a break from being a big-city doctor to help at his family's tavern and reassess the choices he's made for his career.Ben ends up giving Kate a hand...then giving her kisses...and finally, a secondThe one that got awayCould Kate Rafael's day get any worse? First she lost her job, then her house burned down and now her ex is back in town. Apparently, Ben McGuffey's taking a break from being a big-city doctor to help at his family's tavern and reassess the choices he's made for his career.Ben ends up giving Kate a hand...then giving her kisses...and finally, a second chance. But when a local teenager shows them both a glimpse of what it means to be a family, Ben wonders if having kids in small-town Vermont would clash with his ambitions. Or can he truly come home again...to Kate?...
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Back to McGuffey's Reviews
It'd be so easy for a simple story like this to offer no more than fluff. (Nothing wrong with fluffy romances, mind you, as I and countless other readers do enjoy them.) However, the author turns this wholesome romance into a thought-provoking one, without complicating things.Humor, warmth, and the right amount of substance.Reviewed at Online Book Club. I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Back to McGuffey's isn't your typical romance novel. There's a maturity about it that greatly appealed to me. The main characters, Kate Rafael and Ben McGuffey are 37 and 39 respectively, and by this time in their lives they've already experienced many of life's major challenges, including divorce, loss of a beloved home and long-held job, a terminally ill parent, and the painstaking realization that with the ticking of the proverbial biological clock, the dream of starting a family may not become a reality for Kate. The characters are dealing with real adult situations, and I like how the author undertook to have them handle life's difficulties in a dignified and civilized way. For instance, Ben McGuffey was married to a very beautiful woman, Nerissa, who is by this time happily remarried with children. She's present off and on throughout the book with her husband and kids, but there's no jealousy or bitterness when she's in the presence of the woman that Ben truly loves, Kate. Nerissa honestly admits that what she had with Ben could never compare to what he could have with the true love of his life, the one he let get away, Katy. No cat-fights or petty jealousies. The two women can co-exist amicably without the childish caterwauling that could have ensued. This was refreshing. Ben and Kate had broken up 13 years prior when Ben left to pursue his career in medicine. Now he's back to spend time with his ailing father during his final days and realizes he made a mistake when he let Katy go. The love is there, but it's not the giddy, young, silly kind. It's a love of substance that's achieved by people who have endured in life, and I appreciated how the two came together in a gradual way. There are so many beautiful facets to Back to McGuffeys, but you'll have to read it to find out more about Ben and Kate, Dirty Sally the cat and her best friend Lucy, an old dog; Jayson, the lovable young man with Down's Syndrome and Maggie Hylton-Wise, a presumed curmudgeon with her own story to tell. These and so many others will make you want to invest time in this book. With chatacters you'll want to applaud and root for, Back to McGuffeys is a highly enjoyable story that will warm your heart long after you've read it. Highly recommended.
I loved this book! The author beautifully captured the joys, sorrows, and everything in between of real life with humor and empathy. It was such a pleasure to read about characters who are actual grown-ups, who have self-doubts and regrets, but who still believe in the overwhelming power of love.
Very nice story - great romance novel about choosing the best life based on love, family and friends rather than income. I really enjoyed it!
I felt like I was immersed in a Hallmark movie that lasted a long, sweet time. Great job, Liz Flaherty, for all the warm fuzzies of love renewed, family, and small-town life.
4.5 Really absorbing tale. Loved it.
I loved this! The authentic characters, old enough to a few have scars and regrets, make this one a keeper.
This was a delightful and heartwarming book from an Irish point of view