Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Copy: Sent
Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.
Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?
I have loved many of Ms. Bybee’s books and was very excited to see she is starting a new series. Her character development and intriguing stories are always entertaining and this is no exception.
Melanie Bartlett was a star in high school and voted most likely to succeed. When she was growing up, her family looked perfect, but the cracks were starting to show by the time she finished high school, derailing her college plans. And to top it off, a disastrous relationship that produced only one good thing (her daughter) completed her downfall. Now with a young child to support, she is back in her home town starting over.
Wyatt moved to River Bend several years ago and works in construction, and he is beloved by the residents in town. Although he does not get off to a great start with Mel when she arrives, the attraction to her is almost immediate and he has plans to get to know her more. He also finds her daughter Hope to be adorable and enjoys spending time with them. Mel is trying to put her life back together and although is attracted to Wyatt, she tries to take things slow, but when her ex comes to town causing problems and Hope is in danger, she learns that Wyatt is there for her and she does not want him anywhere else.
This is another winner from an author I have enjoyed in the past. I love small town romances with quirky characters and lifelong friendships that help create an engaging romance.
Mel and her two best friends were inseparable in high school but they went their own ways and are now converging together for their ten year reunion. I like Mel, she thought she had the world at her feet but her parent’s divorce sent her reeling. She made some bad choices but is now ready to start new and you can see it in her determination. She starts working for Ms. Gina (quirky) at the local B&B and gets to know Wyatt while he helps with construction projects around the area.
Wyatt is amazing, a patient, calm man, and when he arrived in town several years ago he was looking for a forever place and loved it right away. He lets Mel know how he feels and does his best to nudge her his way, but she is going through many emotions, and takes her time. When her ex comes to town strange things start to happen and her daughter is right in the danger zone. Mel and Wyatt work together to solve the mystery that puts Hope in danger, while her ex threatens Mel for custody.
Wyatt and Mel are perfect together, their relationship starts out slow but if he could have changed the pace he would have. The chemistry between them sizzles and the time they are able to steal away by themselves is amazing. I really enjoyed meeting the secondary characters that round out the cast and I look forward to reading the stories of her two best friends Jo and Zoe, there is already a nice set up that looks interesting. I also like how Wyatt’s father comes and helps, and it shows how strong this relationship is. This is a very strong start to a new series and I will definitely be enjoying the ride.
I give Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee 4 stars!
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.