Arlene Bowers is as tough as nails. She has survived a less than perfect marriage, managing to move past it to run her own diner. Her abrasive exterior has always been a way for her to hide behind the darkness and pain that she has endured, but a recent, violent attack and several disturbing phone calls have that tight hold on her emotions wavering.
Seb Griffin showed up in Cedar Tree eight months ago and was hired on at Arlene's Diner as a cook. An ex-con with secrets of his own, Seb walks a fine line. Since he began working at the diner, he's developed feelings for his fierce, stubborn boss, and the need to keep his distance from her, to protect her, is a daily struggle.
When it appears that Arlene's past has come back, rearing its ugly head while her defenses are low, Seb steps up and claims responsibility for Arlene, praying that he can keep her safe from whatever is coming her way.
So glad the audio for Hundred to One has come out, I had to listen, I love audio books! I think this is one of my favourite stories out of the series. Arlene is such a strong character, all brash and bite, she had such a rough ride throughout her life, but underneath she really is a beautiful soul and once she lets Seb in, they are a glorious couple. Her friendship with Emma is tight and a cackle a moment, when those two get together, the one liners are free flowing.
This book has such a great feel about it, small town, tight friends who would do anything for you, and the friends make lots of appearances in this book. Once again, we have an older couple with real life issues and health troubles, don't get me wrong, this read is still a great escape, even though there are some heavy issues addressed in this book. I adore the whole series. I thought the narration was great, I like both Tanya and Noel's take on the characters, I think Tanya's narration style actually improved for this book and was better than in the first book of the series. Definitely worth a listen.