Early Review: Lean on Me by HelenKay Dimon

Ebook provided by NetGalley
Publication: October 22nd 2012 by Carnia Press

Book Description (from Goodreads):

Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.

Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.

Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.

My Thoughts:

Lean On Me is a fun and quirky story about a young woman returning to her little hometown after ten years of absence, encountering both friends and town gossips, warm and cold welcomes, love and family. The book is the second in the Holloway Series, but it can be read as a standalone and the reader will not have a feeling of missing anything. It can only make the reader go to book #1 to get acquainted with some of the other characters.

The book resolves mainly around the love story of Mich and Cassidy, both of whom have lost some of their dreams along the way of the ten years' absence. Still, there are other characters that are typical small town mentalities people, but also some that are well worth reading this book for.

Lean On Me started off interestingly, with Mitch being very cool for a guy who had a crush on Cassidy a while ago in high school. What I regret most that there is very little to the overall characterization of the protagonists. On the other hand, the small town mentality presented in the book as gossipy and judging is what annoys the reader most. It is because of this typicality that I find the book completely ordinary.

I cannot write such a long review, because I would be just dissecting a writing that cannot be dissected in such detail because it would lose it's purpose. This is a lovely story of contemporary romance, family bonds, losses and hurt that will warm any reader's rainy afternoon. The story is a cute one, humor is all-present, the author's language quirky and easily read, and that is all there really is to it. There is not much happening, or any big and unexpected turnouts in the events, not much for the suspense can be found in the story, but it still seemed to be enough to pull this book through. I have decided that this is an average book that has ended up being an okay and relaxing read. 

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