Love Finds You (Helena Grove #1) by Ivy Alexander


Love Finds You: The Helena's Grove Series Book 1


Synopsis:

Jennifer Berkley is a straightforward, ambitious, soon-to-be lawyer in the fast, driven city of New York. She doesn’t have the patience or time to deal with people who can’t or won’t give her what she wants. When her father asks her to visit her aunt in Ohio as her last dying wish, Jen is immediately resistant, but reconsiders when her father makes her an offer she can’t refuse. 

Jen finds Ohio a much different pace than New York, and is beginning to enjoy country life when she meets Zack LaFaye, a good-looking, helpful man who is adored by her aunt. Each encounter with him leaves Jen flustered and annoyed. The question is glaring: does she have feelings for him, or does she hate him so much that she can’t decide? 

Amidst a country backdrop, Jen discovers feelings and experiences no city girl is prepared for. As the summer unfolds, she finds herself questioning everything. Using her skill and training as a lawyer, Jen uncovers a trail of deceit she didn’t see coming. With a vengeance, she is determined to find out the truth. Someone is lying to her, but who? 

Love Finds You is full of charming intrigue, with twists and turns that will leave you breathless as Jen must decipher her feelings, and the truth.

Review:

Love Finds You was an odd read. Jen has the strangest way of thinking about things. I was constantly confused and just like wait what? How did you reach that conclusion? Why does everyone else think that as well? This makes no sense...it was very strange. I still enjoyed it even though the thought processes of everyone didn't make any sense. Some spoilers ahead.

Jen's dad convinces her to go to Ohio for the summer to visit her dying aunt. An aunt that she hasn't seen since she was five. She shows up in Ohio, in the country, and immediately loves it and her aunt. They get along great, but man Jen is stupid sometimes. Everyone tells her to not wear her heels for what they have planned so what does she do? Wear her heels. I mean why not? Really she seemed like this exaggerated stereotyped city girl who seemed like she was much younger and more naive than someone in her mid twenties.

She starts hanging out with Zach a few times and she has a love hate relationship. He annoys her, but she is also attracted to him. He starts questioning why she is here one day since he has never seen her before. Her aunt is like family to him and he will go on and on about how amazing she is and how she has always been there for him and his sister. So obviously he cares about the aunt greatly. So since no one seems to know that the aunt is dying Jen starts to question what is going on. "Using her skill and training as a lawyer" she figures it out. I'm sorry, but that is just hilarious. She didn't do anything that anyone with half a brain couldn't have done. It made me laugh when I read that in the synopsis above. Anyways, she finds that her father sent her there under false pretenses and her aunt is loaded and her dad needs some of the money. Her first thought it to leave, but she loves it there and cares for her aunt and somehow Zach telling her he won't let anyone hurt her aunt equals he is trying to scam her aunt! He is trying to weasel his way into her aunt's good graces! Cause from everything Zach said that makes sense...

So then she gets over her crazy, they go on an actual date which is nice. Then suddenly they are in love. It didn't work for me. They didn't spend enough time together to get to that deep of feelings for each other, at least the way it was written. But whatever.  So Jen is so upset cause she cares about him and her aunt, but everyone will hate her when they find out what she did! How she is a liar and a horrible person. Why? Well that is more of her crazy thinking. I have no idea why everyone would be angry with her, or think her a liar. She wasn't. She didn't know her dad's plan, and when she did it wasn't like she was going to try and go through with it. So...how is she a horrible person? Well she breaks down and confesses her love to Zach after she tells him what happened and he is so angry. How could she come here and get close with her family? How dare she come to care about her aunt! How dare she come when she thinks the aunt is dying! The nerve of her...somehow this is like she is the most terrible person ever because her father lied to her. Somehow that makes her a liar and a cheat and just the worst. I didn't get it.

The end, where the aunt is like Zach you need to go get her. Yes, she did some bad things but she didn't have a momma to show her the right way was equally confusing. How was anything Jen did bad? How was she the horrible one? She was sweet and nice and protective of her new family. Yeah liar. Terrible person. We need to forgive her...It was so weird. I didn't get it. I was just like this does not make sense. She did nothing except come here and connect with her family. There is nothing for her to be sorry for except maybe that her father is a terrible person. Other than that...she did nothing wrong.

Anyways, that's the story. Entertaining even though it is confusing and the insta-love and quick ending didn't work. Still an enjoyable read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

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