Cassandra needs a break from her fast
paced life in Chicago. She had been planning on traveling
to meet her grandfather in the wilds of Minnesota but,
unfortunately she will arrive after his death. But, now she
finds herself part owner of a “Gift Shop” and cabin. She is
determined that she will spend enough time in the area to
see if she wants to live there full time. She has also
taken a vow of chastity until she is married, after two
times being jilted at the altar, or approaching the altar,
at least. Now, she is wondering about this vow when she
sees Leif. If only he wasn’t such a pig-headed jerk about
her being there, she might give up her vow.
Leif is a man with a troubled past.
But, one thing is for certain he loved Roy and Roy returned
the affection as if Leif was his own son, or grandson. The
one major thing that Leif seems to be is allergic to is
change and that is all that city slicker Cassandra wants to
do. In Leif’s mind, she wants to ruin Gateway. If only she
didn’t epitomize his fantasy woman in every way. He does
everything he can to try and send Cassandra away, including
a wilderness challenge that might just cost them both more
than they bargained for.
Who will win out in this battle of the
sexes? Will Leif realize what his life has been missing?
Will Cassandra step back enough to look at the big picture?
Bait Shop Blues is a
funny look at a number of stereotypes, first being that all
blonds are dumb, especially if they look like Marilyn
Monroe. The second is that all city folks want to forever
live in a city and are unable to take things a little
slower. While these two ideas are a constant thread
throughout the overall story there is a lot of fun and
laughter along the way. If you keep in mind that most women
are more stubborn than men then many of the scenes are of no
surprise to you but, they will make you laugh out loud and
think about how you would handle the situation. I was a
little surprised about the scenes that led up to the final
ending but overall I felt the book was a strong offering. I
think you will enjoy this step into the land of 1000 lakes
and Bait Shop Blues.