From the January 16, 2017 issue
Tagline: A dinner date with her past...and future?
Woman's World Tropes: an old flame, a small town, a meddling grandma, a misunderstanding
Observations: After reading this story, I had to double check to see if this was one of the Harlequin stories, and it was. This was the most Woman's World-esque of the HQ stories I've read so far. As you can see above, there were a lot of tropes. It didn't have too much drama.
There were only a couple minor things I would like to have seen different.
Near the end of the story, Lacey hears her grandmother's advice in her head...Seize the moment. And so you expect Lacey to do just that. But I don't see Lacey seize the moment.
Also, the hero had no personality. He was suave and that's about it. I wish he'd had a little more screen time so I could come to like him more. Even though I suppose we're supposed to trust the heroine's judgement that this guy is legit, I still like to make my own decision and in this story I didn't see enough of him to make any kind of accurate assessment.
Other than that, I liked it. Like I said, this story fit in more than any of the others I've seen so far.
Photo credit: George Martin, via the Flickr Creative Commons License