Better Together, City Owl Press, a romance in e-book, copyright and written by Jessie Gussman.
Plot: Harper Bright, is the daughter of a woman married to the uncle of Wyatt Fernandez, a young man raised by his uncle when his father, owner of an exclusive ski resort in Chili, was too busy to raise him. As such, she had always considered him as a half-brother whom she had grown to enjoy as a wonderful and trustworthy friend. During the growing years Wyatt often was off on exciting, frequently perilous trips on various continents, financed by his father, returning to his home at the uncle’s Pennsylvania farm between trips. Dual participation in a local adventure with unexpectedly dangerous results suddenly changed Harper’s feelings with respect to Wyatt to a deep love. He had harbored similar feelings for more than ten years. Now both were hesitant to express their attitude for fear of ‘losing their best friend’. The situation exacerbated when Wyatt’s father pressured him to return to Chili to help him with the family business that was to be his eventually. He does not want to leave Harper with whom he is convinced he can not do without. Similarly, Harper definitely does not want to move to Chili for several reasons. She has gradually advanced to a PhD in nutrition, with a vote soon to be taken with respect to her promotion to tenured Research Professor at the university. Furthermore, she had an underlying fear of leaving the security offered for which she had worked so hard. And actually she did not even like to travel far from the farmland home in which she had been raised. Yet, she believed she was so emotionally attached to this man she could not do without him either. The steps taken by the two to solve their dilemma provides the substance of this tale.
Discussion: The author provides an interesting situation where two totally opposite individuals experience the growth of a sincere love interest arising from development of a friendship that gradually had grown through a number of years. It further describes the insecurity such persons might experience in attempting not to injure the remarkable relationship already developed by moving too rapidly to the next level. The settings are skillfully done and the characters believable. A caveat from probably the only reviewer who found some of the interaction between the protagonists somewhat ‘overextended’. However, this is a story that will greatly appeal to lovers of heartfelt accounts of ‘nice’ people working through problems together to attain a mutually desired goal.
4* 5* for most romance devotees; -1 apropos this reader’s caveat.