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Just for Appearances by Jenna Rutland
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Ten years ago, Rachel Clarke and John MacDonald were high school sweethearts, until Rachel sacrificed her heart for John’s future. Now, Rachel is a divorced mother of three energetic boys, who is finally ready to get on with her life.

She just accepted her first full time job in years. She just needs a nanny to take care of the boys for the summer and so far is not having any luck finding anyone. That’s where John comes in. His mother, Carol, has been serving as surrogate grandmother for the boys and she suggests John for the job. In return, Rachel will help John improve his reputation with the people of Lake Bliss, so that they will back the kids center he’s going to build.

Just for Appearances has all the makings to be a really good, wonderful story. It just falls short with unaddressed details and issues, being predictable, and not truly original. It’s been two years since Jenna Rutland debuted her first novel, Just for the Summer. I was on pins and needles waiting for this book. I have to admit that I feel a little let down that this book doesn’t come anywhere close to the the caliber of the first book. With the three boys being the catalyst for John and Rachel coming back together, I really thought they would have played a bigger role in the story than they did.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
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Jenna Rutland
“When you love someone, you're willing to give up damn near anything for them to be happy.”
Jenna Rutland, Just for Appearances

Reading Progress

March 31, 2015 – Shelved
March 31, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
April 1, 2015 – Started Reading
April 1, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015-reads
April 2, 2015 – Finished Reading

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