Book & Author Details:
Desire by Design by Thea Dawson
Publication date: 14th July 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Celia Jackson, widowed mother of three, is re-designing her life. Literally.
With only her talent for art to fall back on, Celia is determined to recreate herself as a graphic designer. To make ends meet while she takes design classes, she accepts a job as nanny to the daughter of Richard Hawkes, professor of engineering at the local university. Richard is infuriating, arrogant and tactless by turns—yet Celia finds herself undeniably attracted to him.
Richard Hawkes, recently tenured and more recently divorced, lives only for his work and for his young daughter. His ex-wife made his life a nightmare before leaving him for another man, and he has sworn off romance forever—until his spunky, down-to-earth nanny paints a picture of a different kind of love.
But Celia won’t wait forever. Richard will have to put aside his pride and come to terms with his past if he wants to build a better future.
This is one of those books which is so much more than the synopsis hints at. I mean yes, it’s a romance between the nanny and the single father. But the characters are more layered, more real than one might expect.
They’re not perfect – Richard’s awkward, fumbling attempts at interaction; Celia’s guilt. But because of this, it is easier for the reader to make a more emotional connection to the narrative.
This story really drew me in. I enjoyed the back and forth between Richard and Celia and the addition of the children to the mix was an extra ingredient that bound the whole narrative together.
A perfect summer holiday read.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Thea Dawson has lived in Rome, Tokyo and London, and spent much of her twenties traveling around the world. Eventually she met the love of her life and settled down in the Pacific Northwest, where she now lives with her husband and three children.
After a checkered career which included stints as an English teacher, librarian and editor, she now writes full time, telling tales of romance and adventure.