SOMEONE TO LOVE by Donna Alward: Review

Posted March 8, 2017 in Reviews / 0 Comments

SOMEONE TO LOVE by Donna Alward: ReviewSomeone to Love by Donna Alward
Series: Darling VT #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.


Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he s a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder and an attraction he cannot deny.

Willow s come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn t expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other s hearts?



SOMEONE TO LOVE is a sweet and emotional story of healing and finding happiness again and a really great addition to this series.

A free-spirited, New Age-y heroine and an uptight, closed off single dad do not seem like a good match in any way, but Ethan Gallagher and Willow Dunaway have one thing in common: they have suffered loss and are still struggling to deal with it.

For Ethan, his wife’s death caused him to pretty much shut down and the only things that keep him going are his kids and work. Willow took the opposite tack and is focused on making her business a success.

Their initial meeting was not exactly great but her affection for Ethan’s kids is where they find common ground and their relationship progresses from a cautious friendship to more. Ms. Alward certainly took a risk with this story because the story wasn’t a straight line to happy ever after for these characters.

Ethan and Willow were so different that it’s surprising that they had anything in common. My feelings for them swung between annoyed and sympathetic, and I had some reservations about how the story played out. However, I particularly admired Willow’s personal strength. Her history could have damaged her irrevocably but she was determined to make something of herself and she did. 

Ethan’s kids were a very welcome addition to this series and provided much needed humor. I also enjoyed the support their family and friends provided them as they struggled through their issues.

I think that opinions are going to be split on this book, but I enjoyed it, uncomfortable as some parts were and I’m looking forward to more in the series.



About Donna Alward

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love!

Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.

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