Twenty-four year old Phoebe Hawley is on a quest to find her family a home. On the road with two siblings, twelve year-old Maydean and five year-old Willie-Boy, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas and out of patience. Now the only things she owns in abundance are Hawley backbone and Hawley pride–neither of which she can trade for food or gas.
A collision with Gage Morgan puts Phoebe’s mission in even worse jeopardy–until Phoebe discovers Gage Morgan owns the perfect place for the Hawley clan. But! Gage Morgan has a bruised ego, a tight fist on his land and an iron fist on his heart and is the unlikeliest man in the universe to succumb to her schemes. Phoebe wields all of the pride, backbone and country smarts she owns to claim his home, plow his land and pilfer his heart. Nothing works. With time running against her family, she plies one last inducement—her scarce feminine wiles…Will it be enough?
These characters will grab your heart!
Set in southern USA, the author does a wonderful job of immersing the reader in Phoebe Hawley’s fight to do right by her family. Tasked with finding a home for her parents and handicapped sister, Phoebe drives to the next county with her younger brother and sister, with next to no money and an aging pickup.
A fender bender with a disgruntled, handsome junkyard owner gives Phoebe the opportunity to earn some money to pay him back while setting some aside for her family back home. When she falls for the gruff man she’s been taking advantage of by insinuating her small family into his home, Phoebe comes up with a plan to make him marry her so that her parents can move in, too.
When Gage figures out he’s been tricked, the betrayal runs deep. Will he forgive her and give their love a chance to mend his damaged heart?
Though some of the terminology is dated, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Many parts left me smiling and the happy ending left this romance lover contented.
I give Eye of the Beholder 4 lovely kisses