Her Great Expectations - Review

 by juliemt at Cataromance:

"His Great Expectations is the first title in Joan Kilby’s wonderful new trilogy set in the beautiful Australian coastal town of Summerside. Poignant, hugely enjoyable and gripping, this emotional tale of healing, redemption and fresh starts is sure to go down a treat with readers who enjoy reading realistic and heartwarming romantic novels!"

When her marriage broke down, Dr. Sienna Maxwell decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Stressed out because of the pressures and demands of her high powered job, weary of being constantly reminded of her failed marriage and tired of being subjected to her friends’ pitying glances, Sienna realized that the time had come for a change. When a position as a GP becomes available at a community practice in the small town of Summerside, Sienna vows to grab this opportunity with both hands and to start afresh. So the single mum packs her bags, waves her old life goodbye and, alongside with her fourteen year old son, embarks on an exciting new chapter in life.

For the first time in ages, everything seems to be going well for Sienna: her son has settled in school, her job is going well and her neighbours have all been friendly and welcoming. The only problem is that Sienna has started to feel lonely. With all of her friends in the city, Sienna desperately yearns to make new friends and to have someone other than her monosyllabic teenage son and cranky patients to talk to. However, little does Dr. Maxwell realize that a visit to the supermarket is about to change everything…

Everybody in Summerside loves Jack Thatcher. He’s smart, kind-hearted, charming…and sexy as hell! When Sienna bumps into him at the supermarket, she cannot help but be drawn to him and when he invites her out to dinner, despite initially refusing his invitation, the lovelorn doctor soon finds herself getting dressed up to the nines, knocking on his front door.

Sienna and Jack soon begin to spend more and more time together – and the two soon realize that they’re attracted to one another. However, Jack and Sienna are polar opposites: she’s driven, ambitious and a workaholic; whereas he is laidback and carefree. Yet, neither of them can deny that they are falling for one another…

Will Jack and Sienna ever manage to overcome their differences? Will they allow the shadows of their past to continue destroying their future? Or will love find a way to triumph in sunny Summerside?

Her Great Expectations was my first Joan Kilby book, but it certainly won’t be my last! Heartwarming, tender and believable, Her Great Expectations is a compulsive and uplifting tale, written with sensitivity and compassion, that deftly balances emotional hardships, heartbreaking truths and stirring romance. Joan Kilby has a wonderful gift for characterization and Sienna and Jack are richly drawn, mature and believable characters readers will take to their hearts and cheer on to their happy ending.

All right. So Jack Thatcher has experienced deep, personal tragedy. Dr. Sienna Maxwell gets that. But how can the man drop out of life the way he has, pretending to be happy hosting fabulous dinner parties and puttering in his back shed? That's something she will never be able to understand. Because he's only pretending, right?
Sienna's a shoot-from-the-hip high achiever, who demands no less from everyone around her. Driven and determined to make her new medical practice--and everything she touches--a success, she wants a whole lot more from Jack than charm...and kisses. She wants nothing less than perfect.

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