Belonging by Rhoda Baxter
Published: 17th September 2018
Publisher; Rhonda Baxter
Available on Kindle
She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?
Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.
Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.
As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.
But with attraction comes guilt.
Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?
Belonging is my first experience reading something written by Rhonda Baxter and it was very enjoyable read despite the main theme of the book and it fits quite a lot of story into its 140 pages.
Niamh is grieving for her father Richard and is finding it hard to comes to terms with his death because no one will talk about him no more. Her mother Mel didn’t have anything good to say about Richard when he was alive so Niamh’s feeling even further apart from her mother. When the opportunity strikes Niamh heads to Yorkshire to find Harriet, the only other person Niamh knows will be missing Richard.
There’s an instant bond between the two women and even Niamh’s uncle Tim who has come to bring her home can’t help but be attracted to Harriet and her soft easy-going caring nature. A complete contrast to his over-bearing selfish sister, Tim can see what his brother in law saw Harriet and that makes him feel incredibly guilty.
I think the title of this novella is so fitting as all three of our main characters are seemingly alone and searching for somewhere and something to belong to and the little town of Trewton Royd seems to work its magic and help them all find away to heal and move on with their lives.
Despite the grief running through both Harriet and Niamh I did find this quite an uplifting story which shows its best to open up and share your grief and deal with in head on rather than hiding away from everything hoping its not really happening.
I love that Rhonda Baxter has manged to fill this short book with so many details of the characters backgrounds which really added depth and colour to the story and I’m now on the hunt for more books in this series.
Thank you so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour and sending me a copy of Belonging to review.
About the Author
Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).
Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.
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