Backpack and a Red Dress by Maddie Jane

Backpack and a red dressA fresh contemporary romance about a lonely girl looking for love, family and the perfect dress.

Managing a flailing second-hand clothes shop in an English village is not part of Cally Kirkwood’s life plan. But she’s traveled across the world to meet her birth father and she won’t leave until he acknowledges her.

But life happens when you’re busy making plans, and Cally soon finds herself completely invested in converting the grungy shop into a beautiful vintage clothing store, despite the opposition of her new employer’s son, Sam Hunter.

Sam is instantly attracted to Cally but can’t figure her out. There’s something she isn’t telling him and he doesn’t know whether to trust her—yet he can’t stay away.

An unexpected discovery means Cally must decide whether her true loyalty lies with her father or Sam. She thought she’d do anything to find love; but choosing between her past and her future may leave her with no love at all.

4 stars

The cover is what made me choose this book. I like it!

Cally has lost her mother 6 months ago and she has traveled from New Zealand to England to look for her father. He is dodging all contact attempts so she visits his office, only to be chucked out by security.
She meets Jackie, who offers her the job of store manager of her clothing store while she is on a 2 month trip.

Sam is Jackie’s son and doesn’t like the fact she has chosen Cally. Ever since his parents lost everything when he was just a boy, Sam has been working his ass off to give his family money and stability. He has seen Cally thrown out the Eldridge building and does not trust her.

Cally and Sam clash and bicker, but there is chemistry sizzling. But he hates the man who is Cally’s father and what will he do when he finds out this secret? Will Sam ever change his workaholic ways? Is there a place for Cally in his life and will she ever have the family she craves?

Well written story! I enjoyed it very much and recommend as a beach read.
It is passionate but without any actual sex scenes. Just a lovely romance.

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