Lean on Me is the second in HelenKay Dimon’s Holloway series. Cassidy Clarke has traveled the world to climb some of the tallest mountains but she now finds herself in her small West Virginia hometown, broke and without direction. Unfortunately the town isn’t very welcoming since she bad-mouthed them during an interview. Unexpectedly championed by one of the town’s much loved sons, former classmate Mitch Anders, Cassidy finds herself accepting an offer of a place to stay . . . with him.
This is a pretty short book, a quick read at just over 100 pages. Cassidy is at a crossroads, but she handles it with grace and courage. Mitch is flirty, charming and fun. His interactions with Cassidy and his friends are funny and entertaining. For the most part he’s confident, in a witty and audacious way that makes him fantastic, but he has his own issues and that was my only problem with the story. I don’t know if it was because it is so short, but I didn’t feel like his romantic hang-up with Cassidy was given enough detail. It seemed to come on too quickly at the end but the resolution was satisfying and touching, as was the majority of the book.
As with most romance series set in small towns, this one is eccentric and entertaining. The inhabitants have a gossip grapevine that defies description and makes for some humorous, exasperating and embarrassing situations. Being the second book in a series, those who have read It’s Not Christmas Without You will get another glimpse of the inhabitants of Holloway, West Virginia. But if you haven’t, that’s ok – I haven’t and did not feel it impacted my enjoyment of this one.
If you are looking for a quick, humorous read, pick up Lean on Me. It’s full of romance, quirkiness and fun.