Divorcee Jenna Scott moves to a quiet California fishing village during the first Gulf War to make a new life in a house inherited from her grandfather. Her next-door neighbor recommends widowed handyman Rick Alvarez to fix her leaky roof. Jenna is intimidated by his good looks and annoyed by his self-assurance, but disarmed by his affection for his young son. She is still hurting from her ex-husband's betrayal and resists the attraction between them. Rick has lived in the village for only three years and is still an outsider, friendly but not sharing his past with anyone. When an attractive vacationer is murdered, local gossip says he is the killer, and rumors spread about his wife's death as well. Jenna is determined not to believe the gossip, but will she ever be able to trust Rick with her wounded heart?
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read!
Small town, gossip, love & murder. Who could ask for more. Life in a quiet town where everyone knows each other. Speculation of outsiders & wrongful accusations. Belief in others & justice will prevail bringing romance & new beginnings for a couple.
- KIssy Missy, Amazon.com
"Seventeen Days was great! I couldn't put it down. The characters were well-developed and the dialogue was natural…The murder made the plot more exciting than that of a run-of-the-mill romance, but it didn't get in the way of the developing romance..."
—Evelyn Kooperman, author of San Diego Trivia and San Diego Trivia 2.
"…Overall, I enjoyed reading Seventeen Days. It was engaging enough to prevent me from putting the book down till I finished. The suspense that came with the murder of the tourist made things even more interesting. Seventeen Days would appeal to romance lovers. However, this book isn't for those who like steamy scenes going together with romance stories. Fans of crime fiction will also be interested in this book, as they'll have fun trying to figure out who murdered the tourist from clues the author provided. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It was really hard to not give this book maximum stars, but my issues with Rick's character helped me make the decision."
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"...The romance begins to shine in the later part of the book, making Rick and Jenna a couple that readers will grow to like. The writing provides good insights into all the characters and overall makes them easy to get to know. 'Seventeen Days' quickly develops into a pleasant nicely paced story."
Maggie Faria, InD'Tale, February 2019
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