True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano
I was in a bit of a unique situation when I was asked to review True Love Way by debut writer Nancy Scrofano. I actually virtually be-friended Nancy via our blogs. She runs the fab site Chick Lit Bee. When Nancy had finished writing True Love Way, she asked me for a manuscript critique. I happily obliged, enjoyed her story, and was excited to see what happened next. My other good friend, Lucie Simone, runs an indie publishing company, Simon and Fig, and took on Nancy and her story. And…here we are! Nancy can now add “published author” to her long list of accomplishments. So, let me jump into my review.
The heroine of this story is Marlo Spencer, a retro-loving gal who is addicted to classic TV shows. And who has been holding out for her Mr. Wrong for too long. When high school boyfriend Josh finally reconnects with Marlo after twelve years of silence, Marlo doesn’t waste any time driving from Malibu to her hometown of Napa. Her best friend Nik makes the journey with, as his family and sister – Savannah, Marlo’s close friend – also still live in Napa. Marlo loves seeing Savannah and her daughter, as well as her parents, but she is really there for Josh. Could it be after all this time that they will finally get together? But Marlo’s happy homecoming doesn’t go anywhere near planned, when old secrets are revealed, friendships are tested, and Marlo figures out where her heart truly lies.
I thought this was a really fun chick lit read. Scrofano has a talent for creating characters, and I felt like Marlo and I could be pals. I even love me some I Love Lucy like she does. There was drama, romance, tears, and love. The only thing I didn’t like so much was that I felt the big secret was fairly obvious. I don’t want to give too much away, but I felt about five foreshadowing cases could have been removed so there was more of an actual shock when readers discover the secret. Other than, really great debut. I’ll be looking forward to more from Nancy Scrofano!