Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Of the three Upstate (NY) romances by author Jean C. Gordon, I think Mandy and the Mayor is my favorite.
Mandy Harris is determined to return to city life and never to give up her professional dreams for a man. Mayor Thaddeus Whitmore is determined to resuscitate his small hometown and not to let anyone get close enough to use him for his money.
These characters grew on me. Mandy is outgoing and sure of herself, which makes it all the more interesting to see when her antics bring about more than she’s bargained for. And Thaddeus, though a grown man, of course, has a curious inward mixture of the boy he needs to get back in touch with to have fun and the boy who’s still wishing for acceptance. While the last quarter or so of the book felt somewhat rushed to me, briefly mentioning a bunch of meaningful events that happen during the weeks the story skips over, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the reading that much.
I’d recommend this book, and the two that precede it, to any fellow fans of sweet contemporary romance.