Tuesday, October 2, 2018

REVIEW of Belonging by Rhoda Baxter

She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.
Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.
As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

My Thoughts…

Rhoda Baxter is an author that I have read many of her books and always enjoyed them.   Belonging is a novella, a quick but not necessarily easy book to read.      The story is easy to follow and enjoyable to read.  The subject of grief, cheating, and new relationships is not always easy.    The mother in the story was selfish and not aware of how her daughter, Niamh, was feeling about losing her father.    She was involved in herself and how she was wronged by her cheating husband.      She was not a likable character at first but as the story continues you learn more about why she is the way she is. 

Running away is never the answer but I do understand why Niamh needs to be around someone who doesn’t hate her father.    She needs help keeping the memory of him alive and there is only one person who can help her with that.   I liked that Harriet didn’t hesitate to help Niamh out and kept her safe until her uncle could come get her.   I am torn by the relationship between her uncle and Harriet but the heart and head do not always make sense.     

Belonging is a quick book to read but the subject is not easy.   The characters are wonderful.    The story is true to life.    I recommend picking up your own copy.   

Purchase Link:
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Belonging will be 99p until 5th October and the end of the blog tour
Author Bio –
Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).

Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.

You can find her wittering on about cake and science and other random things on her website (http://www.rhodabaxter.com), on Facebook, or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter). Please do say hello if you’re passing.

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