A Man of Influence is part of the Harmony Valley series, yet can easily be read as a stand alone novel. I have read other books in the series and always love returning to the quirky and lovable elderly characters that make this town so unique! This story just has so much wonderful humor, wrapped up with poignant moments, as well.
One of the things I really liked about this book was that the main character, Tracy, was working on overcoming a speech difficulty following an accident. I really liked Tracy’s character. She was strong, yet insecure. She was able to look at Chad and his writing and see the underlying pain that directed his decisions, however, she struggled to figure out what she wanted for her life. Chad and Tracy both grew so much in this story. This was another fun addition to the Harmony Valley series.
The Harmony Valley series is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line of books, which feature contemporary stories and are rated as clean romances.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She isn’t giving up—on her town or herself
An accident cost Tracy Jackson not only her high-profile job but also her ability to easily communicate. Back in her California hometown, she’s at the bakery and painstakingly relearning how to speak. Now she has a new mission: to protect her community from Chad Healy.
The travel writer is in Harmony Valley to cover the Harvest Festival. And—big surprise—he’s helping Tracy make her dreams happen. But his lampooning style could hurt her town’s longtime traditions. Filled with conflicting emotions, can Tracy find the words to let Chad know how she feels before he’s gone for good?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Although Melinda has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.
Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband – her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.
Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis. She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love – because, really, who lets the man have the last word?
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