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Back to McGuffey’s–over the years

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Back to McGuffey’s

by Liz Flaherty

Back to McGuffey'sFrom Harlequin’s Heartwarming books comes Back to McGuffey’s by Liz Flaherty. This was my first in this genre of books, and it lived up to expectations. If you are interested in a steamy romance where the characters jump from shaking hands to bouncing in the bed, you will be disappointed. If, however, you want to focus on relationships and emotional needs, then Back to McGuffey’s fits the bill.

Kate Rafael is in her late thirties and hears her biological clock ticking. Ben McGuffey, having broken up with Kate, his longtime sweetheart, thirteen years earlier, still has feelings for her. Kate has lost both her house (to a fire) and her job. She is caught at a crossroads as she want to find a direction she can be passionate about. By the end of the book you will feel like you know the McGuffey family intimately, maybe wishing you could be a part of the Irish-rooted clan and their pub.

The characters are well-developed and interesting. I especially enjoyed the side story of Jayson, a young man with Down syndrome being cared for by his sister and the impact he has on others in the book. Another character whose story is gradually revealed is Mrs. Hylton-Wise, a harsh woman, secretive about her past.

I liked the book and was prepared to rate it as a four star book. I was so impressed, however, with the surprise ending that my rating jumped to five stars. After providing an adrenaline rush, the author wraps things up nicely for the McGuffeys and for the reader. 

I would like to extend my thanks to blogger Laurie at cozynookbks.wordpress.com, author Liz Flaherty, and Harlequin for providing this book to me in a giveaway with no expectations at all.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Romance

Publication:  2014—Harlequin

Memorable Lines:

Kate joined her, feeling useless—this woman was crying and there was nothing she could do but listen to the splintery sound of heartbreak.

He was hard on one’s patience. But he was loving and kind and he felt things with every bit as much intensity as someone who didn’t have Down syndrome.

The question caught him unaware, a condition he thought he might as well get used to because it was happening all the time.

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12 Comments

  1. Cozynookbks says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed this book, Linda. I loved it too!! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  2. It has been a long time since I read a Harlequin book.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Avonna says:

    Great review! I’ll have to add it to the TBR. I am finding that I really like the new Harlequin Medical Romance line.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lizkflaherty says:

    Thank you so much for this review. I’m so glad you enjoyed Kate’s story.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour ou bonsoir mon ami ou amie

    Le soleil , le ciel ,la mer nous offre tant de beauté en été
    ELLE La nature nous offre sa beauté avec ses quatre saisons
    on ne peut que l’admirer

    La vie est un très long chemin
    Il faut le poursuivre en toute sagesse

    Avoir des amis et amies est un beau partage
    on en récolte que les avantages
    Vers toi avec une pensée, je viens te souhaiter
    une merveilleuse journée ou soirée
    Bisous , Bernard

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