The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company has provided this book club with a copy of this book for review or we have purchased the book with our own funds. The opinions shared about the story are those of the book club or the individual reviewer and not influenced by The Publisher / Author/ Book Tour Company if received for review.All I Ever Wanted by Katrina Mills
Published by City Owl Press on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
You Can’t Go Home Again…Except For Summer Love.
Eat a stick of butter or return to her hometown? School teacher, Kinsley Bailey, would rather risk the caloric overload. Staunton, Virginia is laced in bad memories of a mentally ill mother, an estranged father, and the first boy who broke her heart. Yet the news of her father’s death has forced her return to the nightmare. Now in the heat of the summer, Kinsley’s left unraveling the mysteries surrounding a house, an antique gun collection, a flabby basset hound, and a safety deposit box that no one in the family wants to discuss.
After a series of tough breaks, army soldier, Bastian Harris, desires the serenity of small town life in Staunton. Even with women signing up for his shooting courses and emphasizing their desires for a different kind of target practice, he keeps his nose down and his gun in his holster. Yet when a certain auburn-haired blast from the past comes blazing into his shop to sell her dead father’s antique gun collection, he might have to reconsider the tranquil life and take up arms for the one woman he never could forget.
Impressions really ranged on this book. One frustration was that it felt more like a woman’s fiction than a contemporary romance. Around 75% it started to feel more like a romance, but it felt very insta-romance. The story centers a lot around the difficult relationship the heroine had with her father before his death and then later with his family. Several readers really enjoyed side relationship of father and aunt, how they talked about death. There was also an old basset hound that several readers loved. A few felt it ended very suddenly and then there’s a very happy epilogue with all problems solved.