I love a great romance novel. I enjoy getting caught up in the journey to a happily ever after.
In Deconstructing Lila, Shannon Leigh had delivered the enjoyment and escape into a well written novel.
Deconstructing Lila (Entangled Select) Available September 23, 2014.
Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn’t want to be wrangled?
Jake lives by one creed: Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates his life and makes him think about things he’d rather forget.
When Lila’s restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings, but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets—or wherever the moment takes them—it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.
Shannon Leigh’s Deconstructing Lila is a breath of fresh air. She writes with an easy style and draws you into the world so easily you don’t even realize your obsession until it is 3 a.m. and you are saying ‘just one more chapter’.
Leigh delightfully blends a traditional modern romance with historically accurate Texas and a second love story. Lila has returned to the home town, a past she has left behind and an ex husband.
Lila’s great-great grandmother, ran a brothel called Miss Pru’s house. Someone sent Pru’s journal to Lila. She is motivated and intrigued. And the handsome Jake is a target along with rebuilding Pru’s house into a day spa. She is determined, to rebuild Pru’s house and win over Jake.
“It appeared her job in Hannington had taken on a new twist.
Win back estranged husband. Make the town like her again. And find out what
happened to one Prudence MacIntosh and one Luke Pierce.”
As Lila forges ahead to build a happily ever after, Pru speaks to her great-granddaughter through her old diary, revealing her own life and wisdom/lessons on how to attract a man and make oneself desirable.
Lesson #14 Silent words conveyed with the eyes are as powerful as those spoken.
Lesson #6 Stand up for yourself. Do not let folk railroad you or make you feel bad. Have pride in who you are and what you do, and the people trying to bring you down to their level will admire you. So will your man.
This is a romance so we know a happily ever awaits, but the journey is a delight. For other books by Ms. Leigh see my review of Forbidden Kiss.