a really good read. The first book in the new series of Hotel Marchand. I love Marie Ferrarella books and this is one of her best.
First I have read in the series. It stands alonewith the authors comments through the characters.
His wife died eight years ago leaving corporate lawyer Jefferson Lambert to raise his preadolescent daughter Emily by himself though her Uncle Blake helps. Now the Boston based attorney has rejected the notion of going to his alma mater Tulane University for the reunion. Emily wants him to go as he never has time for himself since he became mother and father to her.
Emily and her uncle manage to persuade stubborn Jefferson to attend the gala. They even arranged for him to have a computer based blind date. However, upon meeting free spirited artist Sylvie Marchand, Jefferson feels his little teenage matchmaker blew his profile, but does not know why. However, as he begins to fall in love with Sylvie, someone steals two valuable paintings from the Marchand family gallery at the elegant Marchand Hotel so the lovebirds team up in search of the stolen goods.
The second Hotel Marchand romance (see IN THE DARK by Judith Arnold) is a wonderful contemporary romance starring two nice people loaded down with personal baggage that make neither a candidate for a lasting relationship especially with the New Englander-Louisiana disconnection. The story line predominately focuses on the relationship between the opposites as both their families find this a suitable match, but the participants have doubts even after falling in love. The late mystery adds suspense and serves as a final catalyst to bring prim and proper Jefferson and bohemian Sylvie tether, but that seems unnecessary gimmicky to a fine romance.
Hotel Marchand #2 Sylvie Marchand's story.
A bohemian artist is everything Jefferson Lambert never knew he wanted in a woman.
The minute he meets his date for the night, Jefferson Lambert knows someone tampered with his matchmaking profile. How else would a conservative lawyer end up with a gorgeous, spirited woman like Sylvie Marchand?
At first it looks as if the match will never work. But an unexpected blackout changes everything. With Sylvie at his side, life is suddenly one big adventure. Two paintings go missing from the Marchand family gallery, and it's up to Sylvie and Jefferson to find them. Life might be falling apart for Sylvie, but Jefferson feels as if it's just beginning.
Perhaps the matchmaker knew exactly what she was doing....