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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Elly Macauley finds herself driving a “tricked out geriatric golf cart” in Shannon Ridge, Texas after her fiancé leaves her. She flees her Dallas high rise in favor of a mobile retirement community to take care of her granny’s broken ankle while mending her own broken heart. In Bluebonnets for Elly, Sandra Nachlinger throws the handsome yet jaded Derek White into Elly’s path, a man who has his own relationship demons to battle. Returning to his hometown after the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Derek is determined to become part of the town again and get his life in order. What neither Elly nor Derek planned on was each other. The attraction is instant, despite the hesitancy of both to take it further; they can’t resist each other, despite a certain mystery lurking just beneath the surface.
Sandra Nachlinger has given us some great characters in Bluebonnets for Elly, especially in Granny Macauley. She dyes her hair, flirts shamelessly, and reads naughty romance novels with print too small for her aging eyes. The retirement village is filled with nosy neighbors and of course the ‘Geriatric Gestapo’ ruling the village with an iron fist. I loved that in this story both Elly and Derek were wary of another relationship and both had perfectly valid reasons, which just made it more delicious to scream at them to look at what they had! When the past rears its ugly head, Derek and Elly have to decide if what they have is worth it, and boy the ride was a fun one. This was a well written romantic comedy with a hint of mystery and enough kooky characters to keep you interested right from the beginning.