Title: Wedding at the Graff
Author: Jeannie Watt
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: March 12, 2018
Page Count: 187
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Luck of the Irish?
Collie Flanigan fled Chicago for Marietta, Montana to start a new life after breaking her engagement, but immediately hits a snag. Her ex-fiancé wants the ring back and sends his most trusted confidant and employee to get it. But the ring was stolen from her family years ago, and Collie has no intention of ever parting with the beloved family heirloom.
Collie’s college friend, Michael Donovan, thinks his mission is simple—quietly retrieve the ring to keep Collie out of jail and himself employed. He books a stay at the historic Graff Hotel, where Collie works in housekeeping, intending to quickly persuade her to part with the ring. Not so easy when Michael realizes he’s in too deep. he chemistry between him and Collie is still there, stronger than ever, but their timing’s always been off. Is now finally their time, and will Collie accept his ultimate sacrifice?
Wedding at the Graff by Jeannie Watt is the fifth book in the Holiday at the Graff contemporary romance series written by various authors. The books each feature a different couple coming together over a holiday at the upscale Graff hotel in Marietta, MT. All of the books can be read and enjoyed as a standalone if choosing to do so.
The beginning of this series started at Halloween then took readers through Christmas, New Year’s, Valentines and now it’s St. Patrick’s Day in Marietta where we meet Collie Flanigan and Michael Donovan. Collie is working at the Graff hotel after a broken engagement had her returning to Marietta and Michael has come to try to talk Collie into returning the engagement ring his boss had given her.
Collie always wondered if her engagement would work since her former fiancee, Garrett Hawley, came from the very same family that hers had been in a feud with for years. The ring in question had been a family heirloom used for collateral decades prior and never returned so Collie feels it should go back to her grandmother where it belongs. She never expected her old friend Michael to be the one to try to come collect the ring though and his presence leads to questions of what would have been had they become more than friends years before.
Wedding at the Graff is a fairly quick read but with the couple having a history it doesn’t have that feel of insta-love that one might worry about in a shorter romance story. Collie and Michael were both lovely characters who had obvious feelings carried over between them and with all of the charming surroundings found in the small town of Marietta the story had that same wonderful vibe I’ve come to love. This was certainly another nice addition to the Holiday series and another trip to one of my favorite fictional small towns.
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Jeannie Watt lives off the grid in a historic Nevada ranching community with her husband, two horses, three ponies, a dog and a cat. When she’s not writing or teaching science at the local junior high, she enjoys making mosaic mirrors, sewing, and pretending that the house is neat and tidy.
Jeannie loves to hear from readers. Please contact her via her website http://www.jeanniewatt.com.