Back to the Good Fortune Diner (Harlequin Super Romance Series #1828)

Back to the Good Fortune Diner - Vicki Essex I liked a lot about this book. The characterization in particular was excellent. Everyone had a personality, insecurities and quirks that were their own. Both the hero and the heroine had difficult relationships with their respective families and, as is typical of Superromance's issue-driven books, trying to live up to their parents' expectations while living their own lives their way drives much of the conflict in the book. It's a conflict that I found easy to relate to, and I really enjoyed seeing how these people navigated it.What I didn't really enjoy was the fairy tale dust the townspeople all put on their Cheerios in small town contemporary romances. Everyone they meet is smiling, cheerful and so happy to have escaped the city for the wonderful countryside. I also grew frustrated with the flimsiness of Tiffany's dilemma. She wants a job in publishing so as to not waste her English degree. What I didn't understand is why she had to give up Chris and live in NYC to have it. I mean, yes, that's the most obvious path, but she never even entertains the idea of freelance editing or looking for a position that allowed her to work remotely. The book needs this to be a zero-sum situation, and I didn't see it that way.