Continuing with her series "The Impossible Bachelors", Kieran Kramer's Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage centers around Jilly Jones, bookshop proprietress and Captain Stephen Arrow, neighbors on the rather appropriately named Dreare Street. The sun rarely shines on the thoroughfare and the neighborhood seems overly populated with struggling inhabitants and the rumored curse on the street tends to enhance the depression experienced by all who live there. Stephen prides himself on having escaped the fate of his fellow Impossible Bachelors and looks forward to selling the house but has resolved to enjoy himself and his newfound freedom regardless of what his prissy bookseller neighbor says but that doesn't stop Jilly from attempting to exert her influence on the irrepressible yet attractive Captain. A childhood filled with deception has soured Stephen forever and made him extremely intolerant of lies, a fact that will affect his blossoming relationship with the self-contained Jilly who has quite a few significant secrets that she is reluctant to share. Jilly marshals her incurable optimism to rouse the neighborhood and carve bonds of mutual respect and support but her past may catch up to her before she exert a permanent effect. The ultimate question will be whether Dreare Street has the greater effect on Jilly and Stephen or will it be the other way around?
The requisite elements for an intriguing romance are present but the delivery is a little stilted in this addition to the series. An interesting solution to the weather was the highlight of the story but unfortunately many of the characters are a bit underdeveloped and the story tends to meander. A heartwarming glimpse of the importance of attitude and the spirit of cooperation when faced with apparently insurmountable goals. A light frothy read.
Every woman dreams of saying “I do.” Jilly Jones did—and years of a deeply imperfect marriage followed. Now living in London and working in a charming bookshop, the free-spirited Jilly is perfectly content with her newfound independence…until she meets a dashing naval officer who sparks her longing for a real happily ever after.
Captain Stephen Arrow is just home after years of service, and he’s in no hurry to give up his hard-won freedom. The meddlesome bluestocking Jilly Jones is exactly the kind of woman he doesn’t need…But there’s something about her that keeps drawing Stephen back to the bookshop. With her sparkling wit and understated beauty, she seems like a surprisingly real match for Stephen. But will a scandalous chapter in Jilly’s past stand in the way of their heated attraction? For this bachelor, nothing is impossible…