A Holland Kiss by Dawn Michelle
Lily Mein, pronounced Mine, has been in love with Jay Heimershmitt for as long as she can remember. She is good friends with his cousin Jonas...who is just as good looking as Jay but just don't pull her heartstrings the same way. Her dream is to marry Jay underneath Dutch and Tulip...the 57' high mascots of Holland, whoever has married under them in the past seems to have had their marriages blessed by the couple. When suddenly she sees her dream being snatched away it sends Lily into high speed action. The town is considering selling the couple because of the upkeep cost.
We follow Lily on her journey to save Dutch & Tulip, the cute little kissing dutch couple. Only when they were first set up 50 years ago a miscalculation has kept them a few inches away from kissing. As Lily wins the battle to keep them she must than raise the money to restore them, find a way for Jay to love her instead of the gal he is now dating, put up with the town watching her every move because she is a second grade teacher, laugh at her eighty some year old neighbor Ruth and her antics and on top of everything else...someone in the safe town of Holland is now vandalizing Lily's home, car and threatening to destroy her beloved statues.
You can't help but feel for Dutch and Tulip. Every day for 50 years Dutch has asked Tulip for a kiss and she replies by telling him he must give her the flowers first.
Being from a Dutch background and growing up seeing windmills and “Dutch & Tulip” in the yards, I could relate to this story. I really enjoyed it. Dawn wrote it in such a way that my heart went out for the couple when Dutch couldn't wipe Tulip's tears or hold her. She also keeps you on your toes trying to figure out if Jay or Jonas have feelings for Lily or not. I hear there may be a sequel coming as well and look forward to that. I never heard of Holland, Indiana but it really is a town in the Southern tip of Indiana. In this book, unsure about real life, it's a German community not the Dutch community that is in Holland, Michigan. This story is told from Lily's, Dutch's and Tulip's points of view.
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