Title: Finding Southern Comfort
Author: Barbara Lohr
Series: Windy City Romance #0.5
Publisher: Purple Egret Press
Release Date: November 17th 2014
Genre/s: Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book; 309 pages
She’s not what he wanted…
but she is what he needs.
Harper Kirkpatrick is not what Cameron Bennett expects for the bachelor party in his Savannah mansion. She’s desperate when he sends her home. Jobs are scarce and eviction looms. Former boyfriend Billy took off for California and she’s too proud to head home to Chicago.
Although Cameron may not go for her cheerleader kicks, he does admire Harper’s spunk. When she answers his ad for a nanny, she’s horrified to find herself back at his mansion. But she can’t turn down the generous salary or Bella, the toddler with troubled eyes. Youngest in the Kirkpatrick clan, Harper’s not an expert on kids. Neither is the young widower.
Her head-strong personality soon puts her at odds with Cameron and his TV personality girlfriend, Kimmy Carrington. When she stands in for Kimmy at a Savannah gala, Harper and Cameron spark a fire that nearly burns down the dance floor. Never has the wrong man felt so right. Never has a boy from the south worked so hard to rev up the charm. Will the Windy City girl be able to put the heart back in his home? Can he convince her that his southern comfort has staying power?
I found this novel to be heartwarming and sad. Cameron and Bella have been through hell, a sad tragedy and it’s Harper that comes to their rescue, forcing life into the shell that was Cameron’s little girl. Harper although frustrated with Bella’s behavior doesn’t give up and her methods finally prevails.
At some points when I pictured Bella especially in the beginning, I pictured a doll, like a porcelain doll. Bella was fragile, small and pretty, due to Cameron’s celebrity girlfriend Bella was always dressed in uncomfortable dresses and never got to experience things like a real child. She was simply put on a shelf like a doll because she was fragile and her father was afraid, and didn’t know what else to do. I didn’t really understand her eating habit’s though, it wasn’t really explained and neither were her other ailments, but I’m glad she finally started to eat normally, I was really afraid she was going to waste away by the end of the novel.
I feel Harper was angry on the inside at her ex who left her with nothing as he went off to seek fame and fortune without her, working for Cameron and healing Bella really helped heal her, as she started out totally detached, thinking that she could walk away but when feelings between her and Cameron exploded , she tried to walk away but found that she couldn’t. She cared too deeply for that little girl.
All in all it was a good read. Something I will probably read again and I will definitely keep this new to me author on the list and keep an eye out for any other books by her.