I’m so excited to bring you guys this new weekly series, Sundays in Hamden. For the next three weeks, I’ll be featuring the books of the Hamden series by W. Ferraro. We’ll wrap up the series with an Author Spotlight featuring W. Ferraro.
Hot guys, an idyllic little town, and the women they sweep of their feet? Oh yeah, Sundays are becoming my favorite day!
The first book in his series in Three of Hearts. In this novel, we meet Mae Turney, a single woman who just moved to Hamden from Boston. An oncology nurse, Mae doesn’t have a lot of close relationships in her life, and is eager to live her life at a slower pace in this picturesque town.
She rents an apartment from Seth Finn, widower, single Dad of three, and all around hunky (and IRISH!!!!!) guy. Seth runs a successful construction company with his childhood friends Dylan and Wes. (Oh, to be a fly on the wall in THAT office. Or maybe a naughty secretary….but I digress…)
I immediately loved Mae. I LOVED the fact that our heroine isn’t a 21 year old hardbody. I loved the fact that she was a single woman driving a kickass car. I loved that although she wants more out of her life, she seems contented with herself, and she wasn’t going to settle for anything less than she deserves.
I can’t lie, it wasn’t love at first sight for Seth and I. He seemed a little gruff to me. He seemed to make a lot of snap judgements about his new tenant, and when he insinuated something not-so-nice about Mae when she had some friends over for dinner, I was all,
But eventually, Seth got out of his own way, and when he and Mae owned up to their feelings about each other, the sparks were a-flyin’! At first, I almost felt like they were moving too quickly, but Mae meshed so well with Seth, and his entire family, it all felt natural very quickly.
Speaking of family, let’s talk a minute about Seth’s children, Conner, Aidan, and the spunky little Megan. I LOVED the kids, and how well Ferraro wrote them into the story. They weren’t just filler, they were a part of the story.
It couldn’t be a true love story without some drama, though, could it? Of course there was some drama between them, and while I felt that Seth overreacted just a tad, I could see where he was coming from.
On a personal note…I don’t think I’ve ever cried happy tears over a book before. Sure, I’ve smiled, I’ve giggled, I’ve swooned and snuggled my Kindle. But I don’t think I’ve ever cried. Well, the last chapter of this book had me happy SOBBING! Seriously, yo. If you read this scene and don’t at least get a little misty, you need to call a priest, because you clearly have no soul.
All in all, this was a beautiful little love story. It drove home the important message that even when things seem bleak, you FIGHT for love. You can let pride and little differences get in your way, because you could be missing out on a lifetime of happiness.
Check back next week for Three of Spades, featuring Dylan Cross. I have a feeling he’s going to keep me on my toes!
The Scarlet Siren was provided a copy of this book by W. Ferraro. Feature Photo credit: Lola Audu