Should’ve Said No takes us to Thistle Bend, a small mining town in Colorado where everything is just too perfect. And then again, maybe not!
Lindsey Simms is a young, wholesome American girl who has been jobless for a year. So when an opportunity comes along to run a small museum in a small town in the middle of nowhere, she doesn’t stare it in the eye. She just rents a truck and gets there soonest. On reaching, she learns that the ‘aunt’ who hired her had an ulterior motive. There is a centuries’ old feud in the town and Aunt Tansy wants Lindsey to rewrite history. Yes, not that big a deal.
We are told right away that Lindsey is adopted so this aunt, a distant relative, is not really an aunt. The book goes back and forth on this point. at some places, Lindsey feels obligated toward her relatives and then sometimes, she thinks she is not really related to them. I am not entirely sure why the adoption angle should have been introduced at all. Tansy could still be an aunt by blood. Lindsey still need not enter the feud.
There are some good characters like the eccentric sisters who never invite anyone home but have blessed Lindsey with a scrumptious tea. And then there is Carden. The poster boy billionaire who is a philanthropist, an ideal good boy who does his grandma’s bidding and is just too good to be true. He handles a big ranch and business, and paints other people’s houses in his spare time. How could you land a guy better than that. Don’t worry, he is cynical, but then he falls for our girl at first sight.
The story is a romance with a backdrop of the feud. The possible resolution or truth behind it adds some intrigue to the otherwise sweet love story.
So the characters have their share of conflict and pine for each other in a four block town where they run into each other all the time.
And inspite of any sarcasm I may have used here, I liked the book. it is a feel good read, and sweet! That ‘s all I want to say. A sweet you can indulge in without any calories.