Life is about choices. Well at least it should be since it’s a free world as they say. But not everyone is lucky enough to follow their dreams, make their own choices – plot their destiny. In BABY IT’S YOU Jane Graves tackles a difficult problem and somehow makes the solution sound easier than it actually is. Laugh out loud is a characteristic of dialog in a Jane Graves story. And in BABY IT’S YOU the characters are so real you would swear you know them.
Here’s the deal. Kari is a rich seemingly spoiled young lady who has pretty much coasted through life so far. But when it came to actually marching down the aisle and marrying a guy that was hand selected by her father Kari decided to take action. Of course becoming a runaway bride isn’t necessarily the most mature way to cancel a wedding. Everyone gets to make mistakes and have the chance to fix them. This was one mistake that Kari couldn’t figure out a fix, the only remedy was to sneak out before anyone could possibly step in to stop her.
Kari knew her father was going to be royally pissed and needless to say once again disappointed in this daughter that just didn’t measure up to his high standards. Marrying Greg would have somewhat elevated his opinion of her. But even that fell short of what Kari was really dying for.
Luck was actually on Kari’s side, even if at first she started second guessing her grand escape idea. She couldn’t have wound up in a nicer town, Rainbow Valley, whose inhabitants were only too eager to help her out.
Arriving in a soggy, muddy wedding gown during a rain storm after just totaling her car made her first impression rather questionable and as far as Marc was concerned he wondered if this woman wasn’t just plain crazy.
But so what, doesn’t every life need a little bit of crazy in it.
Marc’s life has been too structured. He was the rock of his family which consisted of a younger brother and sister and his daughter. Angela was the surprise that rocked Marc’s world and set his life and destiny. He became a single – very young teenage – father and care taker of his two siblings. Add in the responsibility of maintaining a vineyard and wine company – you quickly understand that there was no room in his world for a life of his own.
Marc was unprepared for this whirlwind Kari to come into his life. But that’s what makes life so wonderful. There are times when the best thing to happen to a person comes about quite by accident. But now with the arrival of this very spontaneous woman Marc is going to having to face some difficult decisions. Choices – the ones he never had the chance to make. Hopefully he will make the right one.
BABY IT’S YOU starts out with what seems to be a rather silly premise. But true to Jane Graves style you are about to enter into a world that is engaging, heartwarming and exasperating all at the same time. Graves tackles some rather tough issues in what initially looks like a charming book about a wedding that wasn’t. Though her writing we witness the growth of many of her characters. Graves leads us on a journey about finding self-worth and love through her use of catchy and at times biting dialog and amazing character development.
With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life, and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill country . . . and lands on a tall, dark, and gorgeous winery owner's doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms?
For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He's devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown-until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?