His Little Lanie
Keri Ford, author
Just a girl in love with a guy who doesn’t know she exists. The story of Lanie Lange’s life. She rescued Eriksen from drowning when they were teenagers, but she wasn’t supposed to be there. He suffered a head injury in the accident, and he doesn’t remember her involvement. Another woman took credit for her rescue. Eriksen’s back in town now, and Lanie is dying to tell him the truth about that night. There’s just one problem. She has no proof. Eriksen Sanders got caught up in the moment and found himself married to the wrong person. Divorced and moved home, he’s aiming to get focused and help bring about the new vibe to Happily. Only there’s something about Lanie he can’t figure out. An unexplainable pull and gut feeling that he’s met the woman before. Determined to find out, he does his best to corner her for the truth, but she constantly slips through his fingers. In the waters of Maiden Lake, they find common ground. There the secrets about more than either of them expect begin to unravel. His Little Lanie is a small town contemporary romance retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid.
This sweet contemporary loosely adapts elements from Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale “The Little Mermaid.” Lanie Lange has never told Eriksen Sanders, her secret love, that she was the one who saved him from drowning years ago. Now that he is divorced and back in town, will Lanie finally confess? Ford creates a simmering tension between the two protagonists as they try to understand and manage their quiet attraction to one another. Although moments of repetitive overexplaining and odd syntax slow the narrative at first, it does become more fluid as the story progresses and the characters develop. Lanie’s interactions with her family reveal her tender nature and genuine family affection—something that Eriksen has trouble with in his relationship with his ex-wife. Ford’s flair for lush language and metaphors shines in the Maiden Lake scenes, bringing out the calm strength that swimming gives Lanie, drawing out her relationship with Eriksen, and creating mystery surrounding his near-drowning incident. Classic tenderness and sexual tension mix well here. (BookLife)