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4 Stars Out Of 5
Sandra Bricker will never let you down!
April 16, 2013
I've come to expect a fun, romantic read whenever I pick up a book by Sandie Bricker, and Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California was no exception. Bricker has a way with dialogue that reflects her past experience in Hollywood. Always sharp and clever, with a splash of passion. Her heroine has believable reasons for the conflict she injects into her life, and her hero is all man, but believably so. I've never read a Bricker romance that wouldn't look great on the big screen. Recommended for teens through romance-loving adult!
It's time for change. Annie Gray has decided to take the loss of her job as a challenge. Not only will she find a new, better job (number one on her list), but she'll also buy a convertible, get a new hairstyle, and find an awesome apartment in Malibu, even though her Gram, retired Hollywood star Dorothy Gray, has opened her attic apartment in Carmel-by-the-Sea for Annie and says she needs Annie's help.
Annie lands a job as an assistant to Private Investigtor Deke Heffley. Some might call her a mere receptionist, but Annie knows she's cut out for bigger things and sets out to prove it. If only Deke's cop friend, Nick Benchley, took her more seriously. If only anyone did.
Soon Annie finds herself juggling the attentions of three men. When Deke lands in the hospital for surgery and a lengthy recuperation period, Nick fills in for him, running the agency. Annie can't figure out what Nick wants from her-other than a professional attitude toward her work. And did he really mean it when he told her that if she ever wanted (another) kiss from him, she'd have to ask for it?
Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea is a fun story delving into the life of a young woman who is trying to figure out where she fits in life. Who is she, really? It's also a story about friendship and family, as well as a satisfying romantic tale. Another home run from a well-loved author.
This is one of those "good books" you can curl up with on a lazy day. I enjoyed it from cover to cover, but the suspense wasn't so intense that my heart thumped and I gripped the book's covers with sweaty palms.
Carmel by the Sea allowed me to enjoy it slowly, chewing and enjoying each morsel of character and setting.
Annie wants to make a difference with her life. Every time something happens in her job as a private investigator, though, you wonder what kind of mess she's getting herself into.
She also hopes for a family and a home, but finding the love of her life is almost as elusive as the solution to some of the cases on which she works.
Annie finds herself tangled in ambition, hesitation, uncertainty, empathy, compassion and jealousy, and often appears a mixed-up person. But way back, someone had an impact on Annie and she hasn't dealt with it emotionally. Iit seems none of her romantic relationships work.
Sandra Bricker is a good story teller. Carmel by the Sea isn't as humorous as "Always the Baker-Never the Bride," but Carmel by the Sea is a good read.
Sandra Bricker has done it again weaving fact, fiction and humor in a delightful manner, this time with her playwriting skills. Im a stage buff myself, and truly felt I was watching the action unfold, and thinking what a charming movie this would make. The conflict, personal struggles, and romance of the characters get resolved but not without pain or laughter.