In Sweet Girl Undone by Denise Swanson, Lucy Wheeler is fed up with being taken for granted. She’s done with being nice and dependable. The first change she wants to make in her life is her love life. There’s just one little problem: her high school sweetheart, Reverend Curtis Campbell is the minister of her church and he’s the only man Lucy wants to be with. Curt dumped her in college via text message and Lucy has never forgot that. Lucy decides to confront Curt and fond out just exactly why he dumped her. The two start dating again but Curt is worried Lucy doesn’t want to be a minister’s wife and that Lucy might distract him from what his congregation needs. Can Lucy and Curt put his doubts and fears to rest and find true love?
When I first read the blurb for this novella I was intrigued and worried. I know pastors have personal lives but it’s not something I think about. It’s also rare in romance for a hero to be a minister. However, Swanson does a great job of respecting Curt as a man of God while at the same time delivering a sweet romance.
Curt was very frustrating throughout the book. First of all who dumps someone via text??? Secondly he kept thinking he didn’t deserve to have a personal life. He also kept thinking that Lucy wouldn’t want to deal with the extra scrutiny of being his wife. Fortunately he got his head on straight and redeemed himself by the end of the story.
It was fun watching Lucy come into herself and become secure in her role as Curt’s significant other. She stumbled a few times but in the end she got her much deserved HEA.
Sweet Girl Undone is the first book in The Change of Heart series. It is a quick and very sweet read that will leave you smiling. Readers who enjoy small town romances will not only enjoy this novella but the rest of the series as well.
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About the Book:
Author: Denise Swanson
Release Date: October 4, 2015
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC received from Author
Special education teacher Lucy Wheeler is sick of being taken for granted. Sick of people thinking that they know what’s best for her. And sick of being the sweet one. It’s time to break free from that role. It’s time for a do-over. But no matter what her best friend says, dating her ex-boyfriend, Reverend Curtis Campbell, is not the kind of do-over she has in mind.
Although Lucy and Curt grew up together, they didn’t start dating until the end of their senior year of high school. Then once they went off to different colleges, Curt changed. He withdrew to the point that he almost seemed embarrassed to be with her. Curt was so preoccupied with being the perfect minister, Lucy never felt like she had his full attention, and when he stopped returning her calls, she convinced herself it was for the best.
Lucy Wheeler has haunted Curt Campbell’s dreams. When he ended their relationship in college, he told himself that she deserved so much more than he could ever give her—a comfortable life and a husband who would never have to make her take a backseat to his parishioners’ needs.
When Lucy corners Curt in the supply closet and informs him that she is forgiving him for dumping her and is giving him a second chance, he knows he shouldn’t take it. But when she orders him to pick her up that night, he can’t resist.
Will things be different this time? Or will Curt’s ministerial duties come between them again?