Kieran Kramer ~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
Trouble When You Walked In
Cissie Rogers was your typical small town librarian; shy, unmarried, 32 years old, dressing like a typical librarian (complete with rimless glasses), and living with her grandmother. But she loved her life in Kettle Knob, North Carolina, and loved the centuries old library. Her family, the Rogerses, had been one of the original settlers of Kettle Knob, along with the Braddocks. Each old family had their “place” in the town’s history. The Braddocks had led the charge up King’s Mountain during the Civil War and the Rogers had written the account of the charge. All of the old records were reverently in the archives of the Kettle Knob library and Cissie fervently felt that it was her duty to protect her family and town heritage. Unfortunately, Boone Braddock, handsome, charming, school quarterback in high school and loved by every single (and some not so single) woman in Kettle Knob and the neighboring town of Campbell, was also the town mayor and had been for five terms. He, too, was following in his ancestors’ footsteps. A Braddock had been mayor of Kettle Knob for as long as anyone could remember. And that was just fine except now Boone, along with Campbell’s mayor, wanted to move Cissie’s precious library to a strip mall halfway between Kettle Knob and Campbell and use her vintage library as a waste management center! And he couldn’t do that! What about the old library legend of someone from out of town would cross the threshold of the library and sweep the librarian off her feet? Cissie was still waiting!
When Boone came in to tell Cissie about the town council’s decision to move the library, he felt really bad. He had known (and noticed) Cissie since fourth grade when he gave her an apple and told her he liked her glasses. But, then other things had gotten in the way – like hormones, popularity and girls with breasts – and Boone never got around to following up on his attraction. Now it was too late. Cissie was a reader, a librarian no less, and Boone had been carrying around a secret since childhood that he knew would ruin any chance he had with Cissie. So he did his mayoral thing, coached high school football and charmed the entire populace of Kettle Knob instead. So imagine his surprise when Cissie decided that the only way to save her library was to run for mayor against him!
Trouble When You Walked In is the perfect name for this lovely Southern charming romance. Boone is the epitome of Southern, gentlemanly charm that will make every female fall in love with him. And Cissie is not quite as uptight as she pretends. She’s just waiting for her prince in shining armor to come through the library doors and sweep her off her feet. When Boone walks in instead, all her teenage fantasies came flooding back. Cissie and Boone are direct opposites of each other and, as such, are made for each other. This is an easy-to-read romance with lots of quirky small town Southern secondary characters like Nana and her cat Dexter. A pure romantic’s delight!
Lacey Clark was a GRITS woman – a Girl Raised in The South – and she knew how to take care of herself. She ought to; she had been doing it for as long as she could remember. But now she had a son and was determined that he would not live the hand-to-mouth existence that she had as a child. Of course, she no longer worked in LA in the movie industry where she had gone to make her life better. She was right back home where she started. But she had the lighthouse that had been loaned to her for two months, a few bucks in her pocket, an old ambulance that was loaned to her for transportation…and Henry, her adorable five-year-old. She would and could make it. Indigo Beach was their new home.
Beau Wilder was a big Hollywood action star. That was his thing. He didn’t do romance, angst, deep thinkers, or any of those other kind of movies. He blew up things, fought the bad guys, and walked away with a swagger. So, when his agent informed him that his contract stipulated he had to do at least one independent film before his contract was up, he reluctantly agreed to do Flowers of the Heart being filmed in, of all places, Indigo Beach, South Carolina. Few people knew Beau was from Charleston and the wealthy side of Charleston, at that. His mother would be over the moon that her famous son was finally coming home since Beau had managed to avoid all family invitations over the years. His goal was to make this stupid little movie that nobody would ever see and quietly get out of town as quickly as he could. He didn’t even want to be there. The only bright light in this whole mess was the lighthouse that he had rented and would blissfully have all to himself.
You’re So Fine is a lighthearted Southern-fried romance with some very tender moments interspersed throughout. Beau and Lacey are from different social circles, but are basically just alike. He’s a decent guy who just has to learn how not to be a Hollywood jerk and with help from adorable Henry, learns who he really is. Lacey is the perfect foil to his “hotshot-ness” and has no trouble not being impressed with his movie star status. They both have baggage from their childhoods, but the writing skill of Ms. Kramer neatly brings all those loose ends together in a neat, sexy bow.
Loving Lady Marcia
After giving her heart completely at the tender age of 16, then having it broken in the cruelest of ways, Lady Marcia Brady learned young that she must find her own way in life-‑without a man. Marcia chooses, instead, to devote her life to helping other young women and soon rises to the position of Headmistress at a girl’s boarding school. When news from home requires her to return, however, Marcia runs into the devil that tore her from her young lover's arms--Duncan Lattimore, the brother of her beloved. As hard as she tries, however, Marcia cannot keep Duncan at arm’s length. Whether from his determination or her unexplained weakness, he is jeopardizing the strictly controlled and happy life she has made for herself. Can her heart withstand it?
Wow, Ms. Kramer has developed into a keenly adept master at taking clichéd ideas, turning them on their end and serving them up in delightful and intriguing ways. Her writing is rich and her depth impressive, especially in a humorous offering. Yes, there are still the eye rolling moments when 70s sitcom interrupts the richly engrossing historical, but if one can get past the "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" effect, the story created is deftly written, enchantingly presented and eagerly enjoyed.