Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: Frank at Heart
SERIES: A Foothills Pride Story (Book 6)
AUTHOR: Pat Henshaw
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 95 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2017
Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband. Then handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry, come into his life. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.
It turns out I have been missing out on a really good book series if the previous books are anything like this one!
Frank McCord has been stuck in a rut! He inherited his family farm and hardware store, complete with the uniform his grandfather decided needed to be worn…“denim overalls, button-down shirt, and clip-on bow tie.” When an very attractive customer keeps coming in he starts to rethink his stodgy look. He also, for the first time in forever, takes a good look at his personal lacking non-business life. When the man’s son comes in looking for a job he finally gets to talk to the stranger. Christopher Darling and his son Henry are both openly gay. They have moved to the new town of Stone Acres to move on from their troubling past. When Christoper has serious questions about the remodel that was done before he purchased his new-to-him home he asks Frank for his opinion. One look at the redesign has Frank rushing everyone out of the unstable home. “Frank at Heart” is the story of how Christopher and Henry take up Frank’s generous offer to stay with him while the home is made safe and what happens when these two men are forced to look at the feelings that are blossoming.
I really liked Frank. I have somehow stumbled upon the sub genre, men with panic attack issues, again. The author treated the issue with respect and allowed Frank to maintain his dignity from this sometimes debilitating problem. Christopher was very gentle and caring man that I was very fond of. He took hold of the situation from the start, almost like he had a sixth sense but I accredit it more from his experience being a full-time dad to his son. He was also very intuitive and protecting of Frank right from the start.
The men seemed to have a true connection from the start. It was a bit insta-love, even if they didn’t act on it immediately. And speaking of acting on it, you do get a few kisses and some hand holding on page, however the sex is just referred to having happened and is completely off page.
I foresee myself with a whole new set of books to read on my vacation as want to know more about this town and the men that were referenced in the story. I didn’t find myself at a lost though, not knowing those men’s stories …yet!