One minute George was sailing single-handed down Canada's west coast, willing the salt breezes to show her how to go on living without her husband. The next she was being pulled from the waves by lighthouse keeper Lyle Stevens and drawn into a magic existence with him and his daughter. Lyle offered George love and the home she'd never known - but did she have the courage tOne minute George was sailing single-handed down Canada's west coast, willing the salt breezes to show her how to go on living without her husband. The next she was being pulled from the waves by lighthouse keeper Lyle Stevens and drawn into a magic existence with him and his daughter. Lyle offered George love and the home she'd never known - but did she have the courage to gamble on love again?...
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Stray Lady Reviews
Re Stray Lady - VG is back with the sequel to Jenny's Turn and the fifth of her Pacific Waterfront series. George (short for Georgina) is the h in this one and has spent the last three years sailing her little sloop all over the place in an effort to get over the death of her beloved husband. Lyle is the light house keeper/musician/helicopter pilot who pulls George out the drink when she wrecks her boat in a storm. ( I can't help but think of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and get this image of a big green reptile looking lovable every time the H's name is mentioned.)So the story starts with Lyle rescuing George, (he will hug her and love her and squeeze her and pet her--eek now I am flashing on Hugo the abominable snowman,) from the sea after she crashed on some big rocks and he brings her injured self to his isolated sea island light house. The H lives there with his daughter who was born with one leg that is shorter than the other. The poor mite thinks that is why her mother dumped her and her dad and took off and so she is really sad. Really tho the wife just did not want to be wife and mum and she and the H fought a lot, so she left.The H moved to the light house after his divorce when his wife abandoned him, mostly to help his daughter deal with her body image issues about her leg. The little girl is having multiple surgeries, but kids are kinda mean to people who are different, so the H moved them to this tiny island. He and his brother and his brother's wife live on the island and tend the lighthouse, the brother's wife is currently off having a baby and the brother is impatiently waiting for his leave.The H also has a habit of collecting strays, there are cats and a dog and so the h makes a nice addition to the place. The h and H have each had one lover since the end of their respective marriages, but neither relationship really worked for them. The H and h have also met prior to his sea rescue, they met at a Holiday Inn hotel a year earlier when the H was there for his daughter's surgery and the h was visiting Jenny from the previous book. The H recognizes that he is very attracted to the h, but she seems to be getting him confused with longing for her dead hubby, and he isn't a stand in. There is almost lurve pounding moments, but the H pulls back.As the h recovers from her injuries, the filtering of her feelings becomes clearer and she begins to move past her hubby's death in order to grow into her feeling for the H. On the H's part, he recognizes a true love strike when he feels it. So while he knows the h will probably leave him, she is still carrying a ton of grief and regret and is quite possibly feral - the H resolves to be patient and wait for her to sort herself out and come back. He even writes her a love song and records it and sends it to the h, he also gives her his credit card until she can get to a bank. The h is worried about living on an isolated light house island, but she loves that she can play her music and collaborate with the H. The h's first marriage was more about her compromising herself to fit in with what her husband wanted, and while she loved him dearly it was more she was 17 and marrying a father figure and the hubby died before those roles could really evolve into an equal partnership. The h gets Jenny and Jake from the first book to listen to the H's music, she figures if J & J will promote the H's work, he will have other options than an isolated lighthouse - besides the daughter is going to have normal legs after the next surgery and the h thinks she might need some more social interaction. The h also comes to terms with her mother and her mother apologizes for not being more supportive of the h when she married her first hubby. Then the H and his daughter arrive for her last surgery and Jenny and Jake offer them a spare room and let the little girl swoon over their new baby to get her mind off her surgery. The h is ready to confess her love for the H, but he mentions how his mother wants him to reconnect with the ex-wife (who wants to see him) and the h is starting to worry. The daughter has her surgery and while she is in hospital, the H and h finally get themselves a room and lurve it up.The h explains that she wanted the J's to hear his music and make a move with it to give him more options for earning a living, but she will try the lighthouse if he really wants to be there. The H explains that now that the surgeries are over, his daughter will stay at grandma's for a few months, as it is close to physical therapy, while he and the h finish up his term at the lighthouse. He bought into a helicopter business with his savings, so he and the h and his daughter can buy a mainland place and start working on little musicians for the next neo punk rock revolution. The H and h are happy in love and planning connubial bliss and the H is delighted that he was able to rescue this stray and give her a forever home for the big HPlandia HEA.This one is sweet and while the love is kinda fast, I bought it. I liked how the h's first marriage wasn't totally exalted or demonized as HP's have a wont to do, instead the marriage and it's effect on the h were treated as things that just happen and the H was really, really a sweetheart. There are two versions of this one too. The main difference in the e-book re-release is that there are cd players instead of Walkman's but since the H uses a synthesizer to record, there wasn't a lot more tech updating. (Synthesizer haven't changed a lot in 30 years, LOL.) There is some minor differences in story flow where information about the h and H's past is given in a better flow than the original info dump, but overall either story is pretty interchangeable. Give this one a go when you are in the mood for sweet and beta H's, it has a nice plot and the HEA is the warm fuzzy with extra marshmallows type, which is sometimes nice to find in HPlandia.
Heroine's still grieving for expired hubby & hero is a lighthouse keeper cum musician, who's single-handedly raising his daughter (w/ a gimpy leg) after his wife said buhbye. Hero rescues heroine & a bland romance ensues. Slow start & I couldn't get over the silly heroine's nickname, George. The writing feels choppy, not enuff conflict & it lacks dwamatic tension between H/h.
I was super glad that George got her happy ending, it was a delightful read. Plus hearing about Jenny and Jake was epic as well!