Aloha with Love

Rosewind: Vesuvian. Aug. 2021. 235p. ISBN 9781645480372. pap. $14.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Following an epically bad day—losing her dream architectural bid and being dumped by her longtime boyfriend—Jenna Burke learns that her beloved Aunt May has passed away in Hawai’i, where Jenna grew up in a family of Native Hawaiian descent. Jenna intends to return home only for May’s funeral service, but her plans change when she discovers that she and her sister have inherited May’s sprawling Hawaiian acreage and the beloved, now crumbling Victorian house atop it. The catch is, if they intend to sell the property, Jenna must help rebuild the house, alongside May’s handpicked contractor. Ben Fletcher’s life revolves around giving old buildings new life, as he intends to do for May’s house, with his usual care. Jenna plans to flip the house and return to her life on the mainland; she’s not interested in the details. This sets up the duo to butt heads and sparks to fly. As Jenna and Ben are finishing the house, Jenna receives an offer on May’s property that would allow her to realize her architectural dreams and give her family financial security for life. But when it’s time to sign the deal, Jenna receives one last message from May and begins to wonder if selling is worth the cost.
VERDICT Miller (The Magic Ingredient) joins forces with screenwriter Brody for this heart-tugging, gentle romance; it has a Hallmark Channel adaptation on the way.
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