Monday, July 13, 2015

Book Review: Starting Over by Stacy Finz

Book Description

     The mountain town of Nugget, California, may be tiny, but with its breathtaking scenery, fresh air, and lovable locals, it has everything. Not to mention it's the perfect setting for firsts—and seconds—of all kinds…

     On the day of her glitzy New York City wedding, society girl Samantha Dunsbury ditches her Wall Street groom, and hops in her convertible. Her only plan is to head west. But when a pit stop lands her at a lovely Victorian inn in Nugget, she doesn't want to leave. And when the innkeeper needs someone to fill in, Sam is thrilled to take the job—her first! For once, she's going to do what makes her happy. She just has to figure out what happy looks like. She never expects it to look like her surly new boss…

     The last thing Nate Breyer needs is a debutante dilettante mucking up his business. How his sister—and co-owner—could've hired Sam is beyond him. Nate's known women like Sam before—he was engaged to one once. With no options, he'll just have to keep his eye on her while also keeping his distance. But to his surprise it turns out Sam's got a knack for the job, and for putting folks at ease—including Nate. As business—and pleasure—heat up their relationship, Nate finds himself ready to do anything to persuade the runaway-bride to stay permanently gone…

AVAILABLE: August 18, 2015

**I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

     The book starts off about 4 months after Samantha Dunsbury leaves her glitzy wedding in her rear view mirror.  She ended up in Nugget, California, and the Lumber Baron, a B&B owned by Nate Breyer and his sister Maddy.

     I didn't particularly like Nick in the beginning of the book.  He was way to judgmental of Samantha, just because she has a similar background of his ex-fiance (extremely wealthy families).  Samantha never showed herself to be flighty or untrustworthy in her work for the Lumber Baron, yet every chance Nate gets he questions her longevity (and skill) as the event planner for him.

     I really liked Samantha.  She left her easy life in New York to find herself.  She is completely dedicated to her job as the event planner for the B&B and partnering with other local businesses.   

     Once Nate gets over his bitterness of being left the day before HIS wedding, he is actually a nice guy and I really liked him and Samantha together.

Rating: 4 out of 5