Contemporary Fiction, Review

Cupid’s Quest by Lori Soard

Cupid's CrossingThe only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business.

Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees.

While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.

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My Thoughts

Cupid’s Crossing is an adorable little town and the perfect setting for a Hallmark movie! Gracie, Brandt, and the nursing home residents tugged at my heartstrings and made me laugh.

Gracie is sweet and compassionate. Like the heroine in My Girl, Gracie has grown up in an unusual home… except it isn’t a funeral home, Gracie lives in a nursing home. She can’t imagine her life without those dear old folks. Gracie doesn’t have a social life to speak of so it’s a good thing she really loves her residents.

Brandt is acting as caregiver for his ailing mother while single-handedly running their family farm. He’s a redeemed bad boy now fully devoted to his mother’s well being and their family legacy. Brandt is burning the candle at both ends and getting run down in the process.

Brandt and Gracie are both counting on the prize money from the scavenger hunt to keep their dreams alive. The zany antics of the nursing home residents and the not so subtle urging from Brandt’s mother made me laugh out loud. Appropriately, love is in the air in Cupid’s Crossing.

I read and reviewed this title at the author’s request. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

About the Author

Lori SoardLori Soard has a PhD in Journalism and creative writing, but she’s hardly the stuffy professor type. She enjoys a good laugh and loves to read, write and watch romantic comedies. “Life is too short to stay unhappy for long. Nothing cures a bad mood like a good belly chuckle.”

She helps edit several areas at well-known websites and writes around four articles every week. When she isn’t working on her novels or other writing, Lori enjoys reading and spending time with her family. The entire family is passionate about animals. “It’s a zoo around here,” she says with a laugh.

Lori has two daughters. She’s been married for 24 years to her high school sweetheart.

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