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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Gingerly by Rachel Hodges will have a very strong appeal to fans of chick lit and contemporary romance. Twenty-seven-year-old Caitlyn McIntyre has been divorced for a year now and it seems her life is far from getting any better. She is running late on the rent and is three days from losing her job. Then a real estate developer on Saint Simons Island, Nick, is suddenly in dire need of a nanny for his son with autism and Caitlyn sees the perfect opportunity for redemption. The only problem is that she is irresistibly attracted to her boss. But there are far greater fears than that…
We all know the cliche: the drop-dead handsome womanizer and the intelligent, passionate woman. We do encounter that cliche in Gingerly, except that the author transforms it into something original. Caitlyn is faced with a lot of difficulties, a redhead who doesn't seem to know how to get her life together. The magic begins to happen in discovering Nick and his world. The author has the gift of exploring the emotions of the characters and allowing the romance to grow, creating awkward moments between the key characters while building the tension. The humor is plentiful in this novel, from situations to dialogues and attitudes. I loved how Caitlyn develops quickly from a woman without a foothold to someone who begins to find meaning and direction, thanks to work that allows her to serve and stay connected to the man who makes her feel different. This novel is tightly plotted and superbly written, filled with realism and humanity. A refreshingly beautiful read.