Novella Review: Say You'll Stay by Susan Mallery
After deployments around the world, army vet Lawson Easley knows there’s no place better than his hometown. And he’s determined to stay right here, forever. Too bad the first woman who feels like “the one” is just passing through. The more time he spends with Shaye, the more he knows that she’s the piece his heart’s been missing.
Swept up by the joyful summer festivities and Lawson’s obvious affection, Shaye starts to feel she belongs. Here, with him. She never meant to end up in Wishing Tree. Then again, she never meant to fall in love…
Say You'll Stay starts off Susan Mallery's new series called, Wishing Tree. I love it when a novella starts a series. It's a wonderful way to introduce us to a new town and the people that live there.
I really enjoyed seeing Wishing Tree from the eyes of Shaye. She was the perfect person to show us around. I like how Shaye feels the pull of the town and its people but tries to fight that feeling. She doesn't want to stay but can't help herself. She finds herself really enjoying the town and the friends she meets there. It doesn't help that she also finds herself drawn to Lawson.
Lawson is such a sweetie. I'm not sure he'd be happy with having himself described like that. He is a manly man. But when you see how he treats his grandfather you'll understand what I mean. He's a really great guy.
I love how the two of them fall in love. It's so slow at first that they don't even realize it. I felt for Lawson who wants to make a life with Shaye in Wishing Tree and is worried she won't stay but I also understand that Shaye wants a new start somewhere where she can get lost and just be another person among all the other people.