Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Stranger

Stranger by Megan Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Megan Hart creates characters who are complex and fascinating. This time, we have Grace, a funeral director who has taken over her father's business and can't escape his watchful eye. Seeing death on a daily basis makes Grace believe that relationships aren't worth it-after all, everyone dies in the end, and she didn't want to be left alone. It's better to be alone in the first place. So, to make up for companionship, she hires men through a ladies service to...service her. On one particular night she was to meet a new companion, a stranger, and she meets Sam. She and Sam have a wonderful night together...but it turns out he wasn't the companion she hired.

Grace has an interesting relationship with the cast of characters around her; her intern Jared is handsome and her age, so the town thinks they are dating when actually he is having an affair with the married Shelly who works the front desk; Jack, the companion that wasn't, is sort of taken under Grace's wing as she teaches him self confidence and polishes him while trying to keep them from falling for each other; her father, who won't let the business go and insists on checking her books when they don't need it and her sister who's manic stay-at-home-mom lifestyle suddenly changes with strange secret appointments of her own.

Then there is Sam, who comes back into her life when his father passes away and she takes care of his funeral. Sam is sweet and endearing, but carries so much guilt about his relationships, they have to save each other. First things first-Grace has to let him in. Such a great read!

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