The Kissing Tree

The Kissing Tree - Prudence Bice I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first heard the blurb of The Kissing Tree. I thought that it sounded like a sweet story, and when I read it, I was pleasantly surprised because it was even better than I thought it would be. Not only did it have an incredibly sweet and romantic story line, it also had feisty characters with amazing chemistry! I also loved the historical element of the story!I loved Georgie! She was such a fun heroine and she was so spunky. The only downside to her was that she was too accommodating to society... but I understood why, it was customary to the time period she was in and how she was raised in New York once her family moved there. I loved that for the most part Georgie didn't let what other people thought dictate her actions. Occasionally she did, but usually only because she didn't want to hurt anyone. She's feisty, but she isn't vicious, and I loved that. :) I also loved her Irish temper, as her grandfather calls it, it made me smile every time she would get all worked up!Ridge...oh, Ridge. Seriously, what an amazing name! With an awesome name like Ridge, you kind of assume he's going to be a sexy and boy was he ever! I loved Ridge! He and Georgie are fantastic together! They're a steamy duo, and boy could you feel the steam of their kisses. ;) The best thing about Ridge though, is that he was more than just a pretty face. He's smart, definitely charming, and he only has eyes for Georgie...so freaking adorable! :DAlong with Georgie and Ridge, my favourite character was Georgie's grandfather. He's awesome! He tries to play matchmaker, and tells about Irish stories, which I loved! :D I also loved his relationship with Georgie, they are so close, and I think that's wonderful to see in a story, especially when contrasted with Georgie's relationship to her Aunt, and even her mother, who is kind and loves her, but is rather closed off emotionally...I won't tell you why though. :PNow, before you start thinking that this is just an historical romance between two people who are too stubborn to admit that they love each other...I have to mention that it's so much deeper than that! It's about finding your true home, and with that discovering what home really means. It's got some action in it, too, some pretty crazy action I might add involving banks. Also, the whole black and white relationship status between Georgie and Ridge is much more complicated, you add in suitors, the time period, relatives, and other meddling outsiders, and it makes for one complicated relationship.Overall, I thought that The Kissing Tree was a fantastic story, and I really liked it. :) The characters are fantastic, and I think that it's a refreshing take on an historical romance that's set somewhat to the style of a Western. The Kissing Tree mixes genres, keeps things exciting, and incorporates an Irish story passed down the generations into the local legend of the "Kissing Tree" where Georgie steals her first kiss from Ridge. If you enjoy a teasing romance, with not-too-sweet characters, The Kissing Tree is perfect for you. :)