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"Great contemporary romance"

Callie Grey rings in her thirtieth birthday by having an emotional breakdown at the DMV while explaining to her man- hating older sister that the love of her life—and her boss— has suddenly announced that he's dating the office's newest employee.

It goes from bad to worse when Callie discovers that the town's new vet, Ian McFarland, is none other than the guy who witnessed her humiliation at the DMV. Ian is a little socially awkward and is neither warm nor fuzzy, but he's awfully cute, and there's just something about him that Callie finds...attractive. If she doesn't watch out, she just might fall for the guy she least expects.

I loved this book. Written in first person, it does follow the chick-lit style, but I thought it worked in this book. Of course, because it's in first person, I never got to see Ian's point of view, but it really allowed me to see him the way Callie sees him. I do like first person stories, and a first person romance is a refreshing change for me.

Callie isn't perfect, but her flaws are shown with humour and wit, and I laughed even as I wondered what exactly she was doing and why. I really liked Callie as a character. I liked Ian as well, with his stoicism and general social awkwardness (something I could relate to). I was rooting for these two all through the book.

Callie has strong relationships with the members of her family, dysfunctional as they are. She is incredibly close to her grandfather, and they have a quirky relationship. The ending was made all the more poignant because of that relationship.

This book made me laugh and cry, and not too many books have done that. I truly loved this book, and I will definitely be reading more books from Kristan Higgins.

Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted March 31, 2011

SUMMARY

One happily-ever-after rocking chair…

And no sign of any forthcoming babies to rock in ol’ Georgebury, Vermont. For Callie Grey, turning thirty means coming to grips with the fact that her boss (and five-week fling) is way overdue in his marriage proposal. And way off track, because Mark has suddenly announced his engagement to the company’s new Miss Perfect. If that isn’t bad enough, her mom decides to throw her a 3-0 birthday bash in the family funeral home.

Bad goes to worse when she stirs up a relationship with the town’s most eligible — yet not so warm and fuzzy — veterinarian, Ian McFarland, in order to flag Mark’s attention. So Ian’s more comfortable with animals… So he’s formal, orderly and just a bit tense. The ever-friendly, fun-loving and spontaneous Callie decides it’s time for Ian to get a personality makeover. But, dang — if he doesn’t shock the heck out of her, she might actually fall for Vermont’s unlikeliest eligible bachelor…

 

All I Ever Wanted
by Kristan Higgins

HQN
August 1, 2010
Available: August 1, 2010
ISBN #0373774583
EAN #9780373774586
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