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Series: Ferry Creek #1
February 10, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Coming to Ferry Creek was supposed to be a short trip to settle a past, not begin a future.
The day billionaire businessman Sullivan Chasen receives a phone call that his father is dying is the day his world became turned upside down. The problem is that his father has been dead for ten years. The bigger problem is that the person who called keeps calling, insisting that Sullivan's father is going to die soon.
A shocking DNA test suddenly has Sullivan questioning everything he has ever known and has him packing up and driving to the small town of Ferry Creek, North Carolina.
There, he confronts a past he never knew existed, including a half-brother who is living in a small apartment above the family diner, a local staple in Ferry Creek.
What begins as a short trip to settle any necessary needs soon turns into a new life for Sullivan. The longer he stays in Ferry Creek, the more he falls in love with the small town... and a waitress named Jess who works at the diner.
One phone call is all it takes for successful businessman Sullivan Chasen’s life to flip upside down. When he learns the father he thought was dead for the last decade is, in fact, alive, everything changes. A rushed DNA test confirms that the man he thought was his father isn’t, and if he wants to meet the man who actually is, he’s got to get to a small town in North Carolina before his newly discovered dad passes away. Add in a half-brother he never knew existed, and he’s got more questions than he knows what to do with.
Jess is a waitress at the diner, a job she’s had forever in a place she never wants to leave. Her own secret baggage prevents her from having any real interest in a relationship, but when a billionnaire businessman with troubles of his own shows up, the romance she never expected finally gets a chance to blossom.
The story is about a lot more than two people working through their issues and falling in love, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it might be an unwelcome surprise for someone looking for a more traditional romance book. On the upside, it added a lot of character to the town, and it gave interesting insight into secondary characters who would normally be little more than two-dimensional. At the same time, though, it took the focus off the primary pairing, and sometimes I just wanted to skim pages so I could get back to them.
The biggest issue I had was the editing, for which I’m not sure who to blame. Normally, I’d say it’s not the fault of the author, as her only job is to tell a great story, while the editor should be responsible for making it read as flawlessly as possible. But I couldn’t find mention of an editor in any of the story notes. Either way, someone should have added in missing words and corrected lots of misused punctuation.
A Chance at Love is quite different from a lot of books I’ve read, and though I spent half of it dying to know what would happen next for Jess and Sullivan, I did appreciate the more developed look at the rest of the community. It gave the overall story more depth and avoided a lot of the quick and predictable drama traps that most stories fall into. However, when it ended, I was still left with a lot of questions. Like why did Sullivan wait so long to visit his dying dad once he knew about him and was staying nearby? And what happened to the conversation he wanted to have with his mother? A Chance at Love is the first in a series, so perhaps those questions will be answered later on — though the subsequent book looks like it will be focused on completely different characters. In any case, it was a nice change from the formulaic love stories I’m used to, and if you’re looking for something less run-of-the-mill in the way of romance, get in on the beginning of the series now. With so much detail in the first book, the next ones are bound to be interesting.