The Perfect Moment
by Alix Kelso
Is there ever a perfect moment to begin again in life?
Ever since tragedy threw her life into turmoil, Laura has taken refuge at her waitressing job in Valentino’s restaurant in Glasgow’s leafy Fairhill. Serving lattes and lunch specials means she’s too busy to think about all she lost, or the dreams she was forced to abandon. So when her beloved boss announces she’s selling the business, Laura is devastated. Hatching a plan to set her up with the local pub owner, Laura hopes the two of them will make a connection that might just change her mind.
Recovering from betrayal and heartbreak, Bruce is also in hiding from the world, and working in his uncle’s pub while he wonders how to restart his life. When Laura asks for help with her matchmaking scheme, he finds himself unable to refuse. She has a smile he can’t resist, no matter how much he wants to.
But as their plan is set in motion, the matchmakers begin falling for each other. Yet Laura thinks she’s happy with her dull boyfriend, and Bruce won’t risk another broken heart. As the future of Valentino’s hangs in the balance, can these two lost and lonely people find the perfect moment to start their lives again together?
Treat yourself to THE PERFECT MOMENT, a sweet, funny, emotional romance about new beginnings and being brave enough to follow your heart.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07P87FYHX/
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Alix Kelso is the author of the Fairhill novel series. She’s happiest with her nose in a book and has been known to lash out dangerously if disturbed while reading. Having previously worked as a shop assistant, waitress, hospital cleaner and dishwasher, she eventually became a university lecturer. Although she loved the academic world of teaching and researching and helping her students, she always enjoyed writing stories in her spare time and finally decided to pursue her dream of publishing a novel and becoming a full time writer.
She lives in her home city of Glasgow with her husband and their rescue lurcher, Maggie. She enjoys pottering in the kitchen, walking in Glasgow’s many lovely parks, and is a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of a long lunch with a big glass of wine.
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Laura lost her parents at 19, during her first year at university. Her world ground to a halt, she gave up her studies and found solace working as a waitress in Valentino’s where the owners, Angelo and Natalie, became her surrogate family.
Ten years later she is still working there, her life having barely moved forward. Socially, she keeps to a tiny circle of friends, and despite dating now and then, those relationships never last. Some might suggest she has cocooned herself from further heartache – and I think they’d be right.
When Natalie, now a widow of two years, announces she is selling the restaurant, Laura’s world trembles from the aftershock. Are her self-constructed barriers in dangers of tumbling down? To avoid such a disaster, she convinces herself that Natalie only needs to find a new love, and everything will be rosy once more. But who will be the man to win Natalie’s heart and restore equilibrium in Laura’s life?
Realising she needs help to pull this off, Laura turns to Bruce who is currently helping out at his uncle’s pub – uncle Keith, that is – across the road from Valentino’s. Recently divorced after his wife cheated on him, Bruce tells himself he is biding his time until the right opportunity comes his way to enable him to move on. In essence, he is as vulnerable as Laura, but being the kind, generous man he is, he agrees to help her with her plan. Although he is concerned about putting his uncle’s feelings on the line. Keith has not be lucky in love, yet despite several failed marriages and unsuccessful dates, he hasn’t given up on love. Could he and Natalie be the perfect match?
With a bit of cunning, a date between Keith and Natalie is set up. Laura and Bruce (though, mainly Laura) look on from behind the curtains to see what transpires.
Keith, as he is prone to do, is soon enamoured with Natalie, and she enjoys his company. The experience of having male company in her life proves to her that she really is ready to move on from Valentino’s and indulge in the travel plans she and Angelo had often discussed. It would seem Laura’s plan has backfired. The restaurant will be sold, and she needs to accept that.
Spending time with Bruce as they watch events unfold between Keith and Natalie, Laura begins to trust him and open up. She has put her life on hold since her parents death. Maybe Bruce is the one to encourage her to revive her hopes and dreams.
This is a sweet story with very likeable characters that I wanted to be happy. Each has their ups and downs, and dramas along the way lead to crossed wires and all sorts of misunderstandings.
I’m not a romance reader usually, but I love the idea of this community and its people. Of course, it’s even better knowing that this is the first book in a series – yes, there’s a sequel to come, and hopefully more too. With well-rounded and relateable characters, genuine and heartwarming friendships, Bruce’s marvellous family, and lovely touches of humour, this is an enjoyable world to escape into, and the bonus comes from a burgeoning Scottish vibe that shines throughout.
If there ever was a perfect moment to start reading a new series, then this is it 😉
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