Can even the most seasoned traveler find a home on Rendezvous Lane?
‘Community spirit’ is not a phrase in travel junkie Taran Rossi’s vocabulary. As a former ‘third culture kid’ and now spicy street food connoisseur and social media influencer, he’s never really stayed in one place long enough to feel part of a community. And that’s just the way he likes it.
But a springtime stint house-sitting for his grandmother on Rendezvous Lane in East Nashville could lead to a long-overdue wake-up call. With the help of single mum Sandy Warner and her young son Chip, can Taran come to understand that sometimes it’s not about the place – it’s about the people?
Title: Spring on Rendezvous Lane
Author: Angela Britnell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 30, 2021
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Spring on Rendezvous Lane brings us a delightful romance between two perhaps unlikely people that in the end proves that any love story is really all about the people and not the location.
Taran has temporarily set aside his wandering lifestyle in order to tend to his grandmother’s home in East Nashville. She’s recovering from surgery at another location and has entrusted her grandson with her home… and her community while she heals. Perhaps he was reluctant to give up his travels, after all, he made a good living as a wandering spicy food lover and as an influencer to those who follow him on his social media accounts. But family need outweighs anything else, so for now, Taran will find himself not only stuck in one location while he discovers that a strong community does have a place in life — and one precocious little boy and his attractive mother also can add to his life in so many ways. Taran has never intended to settle down in one place, he never felt his wandering soul could flourish in that environment. Yet he also never expected love to be a deciding factor in that decision – or to have one little boy and one amazing woman take up residence in his heart so deeply that leaving them behind became impossible to imagine.
I adored little Chip. He certainly is a charmer and a scene-stealer in all the right ways. His acceptance and love for Taran are obvious and endearing… now the grown-ups just have to fall into place for his plan of having Taren for his dad to come true. Sandy is a woman I could certainly understand. While she’s not opposed to falling for Taran, she needs the stability of a settled life for her son. Sometimes the people we love just have to come first, especially when that person is a little boy who needs the time to grow into a strong adult. I never once doubted Sandy’s love for Taran but I did understand why she seems to hesitate at his wandering ways. The heart knows who it loves, it’s that simple, the complex part is getting those pesky humans to get on the same level of understanding what is best for everyone… which is usually forming a new family to find that future happiness together as a unit.
Toss in a lovely community finding unity in the fight against a land developer who has their eye on property near their homes and you’ll discover a delightful combination of emotional issues, community involvement, and one wanderer allowing himself to make a different plan… when it’s the right thing for everyone involved. Spring on Rendezvous Lane captured my heart early on and held it firmly in its grasp until the final page. If you love a thoughtful, emotional, funny at times romance then you’ll want to pick up Taran, Sandy, and Chip’s story real soon.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, ChocLit/Ruby Fiction. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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