Wait For It
A woman looking for a new lease on life moves to Arizona where she rents a guest house on a gorgeous property with a mysterious owner—a man who teaches her about resilience, courage, and ultimately true love, in this funny, bighearted novel about hope and healing from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.
Stuck in a dreary Boston winter, Annabelle Martin would like nothing more than to run away from her current life. She's not even thirty years old, twice-divorced, and has just dodged a marriage proposal… from her ex-husband. When she’s offered her dream job as creative director at a cutting-edge graphic design studio in Phoenix, she jumps at the opportunity to start over.
When she arrives in the Valley of the Sun, Annabelle is instantly intrigued by her anonymous landlord. Based on the cranky, handwritten notes Nick Daire leaves her, she assumes he is an old, rich curmudgeon. Annabelle is shocked when she finally meets Nick and discovers that he’s her age and uses a wheelchair. Nick suffered from a stroke a year ago, and while there's no physical reason for him not to recover, he is struggling to overcome the paralyzing fear that has kept him a prisoner in his own home.
Despite her promise to herself not to get involved, Annabelle finds herself irresistibly drawn to Nick. And soon she wonders if she and Nick might help each other find the courage to embrace life, happiness, and true love.
McKinlay (Paris Is Always a Good Idea) delivers a disappointing rom-com. After Annabelle Martin's ex-husband unexpectedly re-proposes, Annabelle realizes she needs a clean break and a graphic design job at her best friend's company in sunny Phoenix is the perfect fit. But her new digs in the guest house of a beautiful mansion come with their own issues: her crotchety landlord has a long list of rules and prefers to communicate via passive-aggressive notes rather than meeting in person. Aggravated by these restrictions, Annabelle blatantly breaks rules hoping to draw him out of seclusion. When this plan works, she's shocked to discover her landlord is the young, gorgeous Nick Daire. Nick withdrew from the public eye after a stroke that weakened his legs and occasionally made it necessary for him to use a wheelchair. Despite his reluctance to socialize and painfully depicted self-hatred, Nick feels drawn to his vibrant tenant. When Nick's sister asks for help with a business venture and Annabelle is tasked with bringing in a big client, their needs align, forcing the pair to work together. McKinlay's writing is punchy, but the rushed romance strains belief and Nick's disability is often insensitively handled. These unfortunate flaws outweigh the chemistry between the central couple.)