Trish Biltman finds romance on a quiet Pennsylvania farm in Jenni Bara’s novel, More Than Fine.
Thank you to Amy Dodd of Romance Me With Books for sending me an Advanced Review Copy of More Than Fine in return for an honest review. The Amazon links used here are affiliate links — I will receive a small commission from Amazon for any purchases you make.
More Than Fine follows Trish Biltman, a single mother who has been hiding from her abusive ex-husband for the past two years. Unfortunately, despite her best efforts, her ex finds her and their children again — and after he almost kills her in a car accident, Trish goes to stay with her best friend’s brother, Grant Evans. The quiet life on Grant’s farm is exactly what Trish and her family needed. It’s the second book in the ‘Becoming an Evans’ series but I read this as a stand alone.
Romance isn’t my usual genre but I’m so glad I made an exception for More Than Fine. It’s an incredibly well-written and touching story.
Jenni has an amazing way of writing which makes the characters feel so real, with lots of small human touches to her characters. Trish is traumatised and still recovering from her abusive previous relationship, and this is very sensitively and accurately written. When we first meet Trish she is very nervous, hates physical contact and flinches around fast movements. She’s uncomfortable with alcohol and is very much off-grid to try and stop her ex from finding her and her family. I loved reading her journey as she learns to love again and become comfortable around new people.
Grant is also a great character. I didn’t actually like him much at first because he’s quite short and a bit abrasive, but as the novel progresses and he opens up I really warmed to him! I especially liked how he compares Trish’s nervous behaviour to that of a nervous, abused horse. It was very touching, and makes perfect sense when you later find out that he rescues horses in his spare time. I loved that he is very gentle and careful around her, and he is so thoughtful — noticing her body language and remembering things she says!
I loved that Trish and Grant’s inevitable romance is sweet, and that neither rushes into anything — it made the whole thing very believable and enjoyable to read. This is a wonderful read and feels like the ideal read for autumn/winter, too, with lots of references to cold weather and warm fires!
She’s running from her past, he’s hiding from the world when suddenly their lives collide.
Trish Biltman has spent the last two years evading a past she fears. Tucked away in a small seaside Jersey town, with her two young children, her life is simple. Until the day a photo from her best friend’s highly publicized wedding shows up on Page 6, and she finds herself once again on the run trying to keep her family safe.
Since his divorce, Grant Evans focuses his time and attention on his secluded Pennsylvania farm. His solitary life is fine, until the quiet, brown eyed Trish and her adorable—but loud—kids need somewhere to go. Since his farm is their only option Grant reluctantly opens his doors to them.
Both Trish and her kids, begin to thaw the ice that held Grant’s heart captive for years as he teaches her to trust again. But the darkness from her past comes back, threatening their relationship, just as Grant starts to believe life can be More than Fine.
About the author, Jenni Bara
Even as a young child Jenni Bara would conjure up all kinds of tales with her endless imagination. She’s improved her skills since the days of scaring her younger cousins with ghost stories, but her love for books and stories has never changed.
In her everyday life, she is a paralegal for family law writing unhappily ever afters for people every day. So in turn she spends her free time with anything that keeps her laughing including life with her four kids, or five if you count her husband!
All joking aside she is blessed to have not only a very supportive husband but super supportive parents as well as a loving extended family, always happy to share their opinions!
Her favorites spots all have the best views of the sunsets and she loves to share the views through photos. She just began her career as a romance author writing books full of life, love, and laughter.
You can find out more about Jenni on her website and on BookBub, or follow her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates. She also has a Facebook group where you can connect with Jenni and other fans of her books.
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