Wealth manager Sam Conrad is accustomed to his domineering father ordering him around, especially at the bank where they both work. But when his father demands that Sam manage the inheritance of his bossy ex-fiancée, Sam has finally had enough. He leaves in search of a new life, and attorney Big Roy Bosarge from Mobile, Alabama, agrees to mentor Sam on his quest for direction. Sam didn’t expect to be thrown together with Big Roy’s eccentric and opinionated daughter.
Storm damage forces lonely romance writer Elinor Bosarge and her hairless cat, Mr. Darcy, out of her Fort Morgan Beach cottage. She plans to take refuge in the boathouse on her parents’ estate, but finds the place already occupied by one of her father’s “projects.” She’s shocked her father would allow another young man onto the property after his last mentee robbed her family and broke her heart. And from the moment she meets Sam Conrad, they disagree about everything from her cat to how to best renovate a local nursing home.
Between her mother’s health issues and the hurricane brewing in the Gulf, Elinor feels like her life is being ripped apart. It doesn’t help that she’s falling for the man she’s determined not to trust. Sam finds himself drawn to Elinor, wanting to help her and this new family he’s grown to love. But can he overcome the barrier she’s built to keep him out? When the storm rages and the two of them are blown together, can Elinor find the faith to open her heart again?
In this conclusion of the Southern Hearts series, readers follow small town big fish Sam Conrad out of Oxford and into a new chapter of his life. It’s relatively rare but folks do move out of small towns on occasion. Often times they end up moving back at some point but maybe that little quirk is unique to my own small hometown.
Since larger than life Big Roy Bosarge has a soft spot for helping fellas get their feet planted firmly on the straight and narrow, Sam heads south for Mobile. Now Roy is quite a character, he can throw around more wacky phrases than you can shake a shoe at and he has serious skills in the understatement department but more about that later.
Sam is expecting Big Roy’s boisterous enthusiasm but he’s thrown for a loop by Roy’s quirky, prickly daughter Elinor and her hairless cat, Mr. Darcy. To be fair, a hairless cat would throw me for a loop too, I might even be tempted to get the cat a shirt or something. As far as Elinor is concerned, Sam’s presence is unwelcome in the most severe sense of the word. Elinor may be a tad eccentric but she’s also vulnerable, hurting, and stressed.
Sam and Elinor butt heads with one another at every turn as they try to work together and earn one another’s trust. The conclusion of this series is bittersweet but what a wonderful story to close with. So without further adieu, here is my favorite Royism:
“I don’t know if you noticed, but Elinor Elizabeth can be a little intense.
Kinda like a cat in a dog pound.” – Roy Bosarge
I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer.
An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.
Southern Hearts Series
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