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Reviewed by Gretchen Jawurek for Readers' Favorite
In Winter Can Wait by Melissa Baldwin, Alexander and Summer have been dating for some time and they are moving forward to the next level, but both of them have baggage that they have brought to the relationship. Summer was left on the beach in tears by her last boyfriend, Jake. She doesn't know if she can ever truly trust anyone again. Then there is her boisterous best friend, Angie, who although big hearted has a knack of speaking very loudly and giving everything away. Let's not forget her crazy psychic landlord, Mrs. Rothera, who is not holding out much hope for the relationship. Alexander has been married before and his gorgeous model ex-wife, Helena, is still living in the same town. Caroline, one of Alexander's best friends who knows his ex-wife, thinks that they should still be together and is doing all she can to manipulate the situation to make it happen ... including inviting Summer to lunch with a surprise guest! You guessed it! Helena, who happens to be looking for a interior decorator.
It all comes to a head on Valentine's Day. Nick, Caroline's husband, best friend of Alexander, is having the grand opening of his restaurant. Summer's company has done the interior decorating. Everyone in the community has been invited, and a few whom no one expected have shown up: Helena, Alexander's ex-wife who has just dumped her latest boyfriend; and Jake, the ex-boyfriend that left Summer in tears on the beach, who now wants to say he is sorry and wants to start over. Summer and Alexander are scrambling between keeping best friends at bay and making sure the grand opening is a success! Will Alexander and Summer's relationship survive their families, their friends and their businesses?
You really start to develop an affinity for the characters who are lively and enjoyable. The story keeps your attention by moving from one incident to another. As a reader, you really start to feel for the characters; it feels like Summer is your next door neighbor and you have the mad urge to come up with solutions to her problems. And who can't relate to having a boisterous friend like Angie, who is well meaning but a little over exuberant. Winter can Wait is a great story with lovable characters you can relate to. It is an easy read and flows from one chapter to another until the end. Winter can Wait is fun and delightful ! I would recommend it to anyone that just wants a relaxing way to escape for an hour or two, and likes romances or chick lit.