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Somebody Like You

Somebody Like You

A Darling, VT Novel

A Darling, VT Novel (Volume 1)

Donna Alward

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Welcome to Darling, VT, a small town with plenty of characters and a tradition of romance with Donna Alward's Somebody Like You, which Library Journal raves is "tender, sensual, and overflowing with New England charm."

A kiss to last a lifetime

Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden’s image on the famed bridge—local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love—as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to recreate the moment with the woman he once kissed: Laurel Stone.

Recently divorced, there’s nothing Laurel wants less than to pretend happily-ever-after with Aiden. As teenagers, their romance was no fairy tale—and Laurel has never quite forgiven Aiden for breaking her heart. But now that she is back in her hometown, and keeps bumping into police officer Aiden, Laurel can’t deny that there’s still a strong flicker between her and her old flame. Could it be that the Kissing Bridge is working its magic on Laurel and Aiden—and that all true love ever needed was a second chance?




Every single terra-cotta pot was smashed.

Laurel Stone blinked quickly, annoyed at the sting at the back of her eyes as she stared at the mess. She was angry. Furious. Most people would...


Praise for Somebody Like You

“Darling,Vt., is the quintessential New England romance-novel town. In a story that’s sweet and heartwarming without being treacly, Alward (Summer on Lovers’Island) builds believable chemistry between Lauren and Aiden while introducing enough friends and siblings to have readers preparing to settle into Darling for a long cozy stay.” – Publishers Weekly

“Alward’s small-town world building is really unparalleled.” – Straight Shootin’ BookReviews

“This is your food for the soul book… Donn Alward’slatest novel is sweet and sexy. It’s about second chances and first loves. As this is the start of a new series, I can’t wait to read the next episode.” – Heroes &Heartbreakers

“Alward’s fantastic series debut features aniconic small town with likable residents, complete with all the funny and frustrating benefits and detriments of living in a fishbowl. Her dialogue isthe perfect ratio of humor to drama, and she makes getting to know her starsand negotiating their relationship pitfalls fun. The ah-ha moments are priceless, and the kindness her stars show a homeless man is absolutelyextraordinary.” – RT Bookreviews

“Filledwith family and friends, hope, second chances, and love… I can’t wait to read the next two books, SOMEONE TO LOVE and SOMEBODY’S BABY.” – Romance Junkies

"Tender, sensual, and overflowing with New England charm, this appealing story is the perfect launch to Alward’s back-to-back series." — Library Journal

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About the author

Donna Alward

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!

Donna is the author of the Jewell Cove series and Somebody Like You, the first book in the Darling, VT series with St. Martin's Press. She lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.

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