Thursday, 3 November 2011

Homegrown Muse by Sally Bennett

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Lyssa Smith is a hard-working and dedicated employee who researches the environmental impact for and against new construction developments. She assists Dane Callicott, a member of a family of wealthy property developers, build a highly controversial  hotel resort – one not totally approved of by his investors because of its empathy with its environment. Believing that the future of property development will be dominated by respect in a greener environment, he considers a new, similar project, but will need Lyssa's assistance to help him achieve his aims.

It all sounds quite straightforward, but Lyssa is very much her own woman; she is a little nonconformist, (from an unconventional family as it happens) and is not, not by any stretch of the imagination, backward in coming forward and has to deal with Dane's controlling mother, assistant, calculating work superior and ex-fiancĂ©e.  Dane and Lyssa are of course also intensely attracted to each other, but because of their extremely different backgrounds, Lyssa is reluctant to capitulate to his (few) advances.

Misunderstandings, deceit, family secrets, unscrupulous behaviour by colleagues and interfering narrow-minded mothers (and fathers) all contrive to stand in the way of greener construction ideals and of two people who should and ultimately want to be together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Sally Bennett has a very natural, easy-going but intelligent style and I was captivated by her writing. I liked Lyssa – she is independent, willing to make sacrifices, unimpressed by materialism, talented and gorgeous, naturally.  If I'm honest, I liked all the characters – not because they were 'nice', but because they were so expertly drawn, that I could visualise, without difficulty, their appearances and personalities.  The plot was neatly structured and the ending leaves you pleasantly satisfied.

An author I shall be seeking out further, without a doubt.


I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

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