Champagne and Lemon Drops is set in the fictional town of Blueberry Springs, a small town where everyone knows each other and are very much in their business. The nearest town is called Dakota, so maybe this place is somewhere in the Dakotas? The location is not very clear, except that Fall comes early and winters are severe.
Oz and Beth are about to get married, when Oz suddenly feels the need to ‘find himself’. Beth is shattered and very much on the rebound and is smitten by a handsome, ambitious, not to forget rich doctor at the place she works. The attraction is mutual and she soon finds herself on a flight, and not just one of fancy. Beth continuously compares the two men, which gets nauseous for the reader after a while. If you started one relationship without completely ending your previous one, you might relate to the main character here. Beth’s sister, her best friend, her grandmother, the sales clerk at the store, the diner owner – all give their two cents’ worth and try to influence her. But nothing can disturb the timeline Beth has planned for her life.
The title is explained half way through the book when one man is compared to fine champagne – expensive and desirable but not really likeable and the other is compared to a lemon drop, something you cannot live without. And I do not agree with ‘No one really likes champagne’, something Beth’s friend keeps telling her. Champagne and Lemon Drops is more the rambling of a fickle teenager than a soon to be thirty woman. This contemporary romance is a light read that may not resonate with everyone.