A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy featuring kilted musicians, Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, and an unlikely love story.
Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it's been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she'll even find The One.
When Stacey imagined "The One," it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she's not sure what to make of it.
Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey's shock, it isn't Dex—she's been falling in love with a man she barely knows.
DeLuca follows Well Met with this cute but shallow rom-com that sets a Cyrano de Bergerac style plot against the backdrop of a Renaissance fair. At 22, Stacey Lindholm was on the road to a career in fashion merchandising in New York City when her mother fell ill and Stacey moved back to small-town Willow Creek, Md., to help out. Now almost 27, she feels her life stagnating in a routine broken only by the yearly Renaissance fair she and her friends help organize. For the past two years, Stacey's scratched her sexual itch with one of the festival musicians, Dex MacLean, in a no-strings-attached arrangement that only lasts the few days he and his cousin are in town for the fair. Then one drunken night, she sends him a message that kicks off a yearlong exchange of flirtatious texts and emails that gives her insight not only into him, but into herself. With this year's festival upon them, the pair are due to meet in person once more but it turns out that someone else has been writing Dex's sweet nothings. The laughs are frequent and the plot charms, but Stacey's myopic self-pity detracts from the story. Still, the fresh setting and unusual twist make this well worth the time of any rom-com fan.
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A Book With A Smile
I really loved the continued story of the friends from this little Renaissance Faire town. I missed my chance to “meet cute” at my own Ren Faire this year but Stacy’s charming little love story was a great reminder of those lovers of the faire.