Alyssa Linn Palmer has written a beautiful, feel good romance with her book City Kitty and Country Mouse. I read this with a bowl of blackberries and raspberries on my desk and I’m sure they weren’t as good as the ones in the tale.
This book tells the story of two very different people who come together and fall in love. But is love enough when you have such different lives? Kitty is a corporate lawyer in Calgary who is totally focused on making partner in her firm, to the point she works every waking moment and has no personal life. Lucy runs the family farm, Country Mouse, located about an hour’s drive outside the big city. When the two meet, there is instant attraction, but their lives are so very different, and Kitty is focused on her job. It seems impossible for the two to become a couple even with that strong attraction.
I was very impressed with how the author developed Kitty in this novel. She begins as this almost robot-like person, totally focused on her work and her obsession with becoming partner. She has no life before she meets Lucy, and even after they meet, she still worries about her job. I really enjoyed watching Kitty slowly realize what she is missing in life.
The setting, especially the farm, is lovely and well described. I sometimes wondered about how fast the two came together as a couple, but it does work in the overall tale. I loved Lucy’s mom and hearing about how she immigrated to Canada as a young bride. Knowing that story actually helps the readers understand Lucy’s character.
I was a bit surprised at how quickly Kitty and Lucy became intimate in the tale. It happened very quickly, but it worked, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
I enjoyed reading City Kitty and Country Mouse. If you like to read romances that make you feel good when you read them, then you night like this one as well. Just make sure you have some fruit to nibble on as you read. I suggest organic blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.