Even though Meg Anderson's hell-raising days are over, coming home to Anderson Butte isn't easy, especially when her impossible-to-please dad is the mayor and her do-gooder siblings run the place. But with another job lost and the gorgeous father of her daughter trying to make contact after disappearing three years ago, a break is definitely in order. Hopefully the little town filled with big, juicy secrets can help.
After being off the grid for years, Josh Granger, a man with his own secrets, wants Meg and his daughter back. But first he has to get past townspeople as protective as a pack of rottweilers. He's not the man Meg thinks he is, but he can't tell her why... not yet.
As Meg slowly warms to Josh, it's clear the old spark is still there. But when his secret is exposed - along with Meg's own shocking revelation - will it tear their family apart again, or bind them forever?
©2015 Tamra Baumann (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
slow start to this book but after the first couple of chapters I really got into the story. my only really big complaint was the narrators lack of inflection during the story. I'm still glad I read/listened though.
No big surprises here, but a little romance, mystery and family drama made this an enjoyable listen. The narrator was good and did not distract from the story. The ending delivers, so no complaints or disappointment.
As an avid romance reader who starts at 3 stars when a book is average, it's saying something that this one rates a 4 for me.
The plot here is an interesting one. At the outset, we know that Meg is a single mom who's returned to her hometown. She is a free spirit whose antics gained her the disdain of most of her small town - which is essentially owned and run by her family. Her guy Josh has left her as soon as he found out she was pregnant and she's running from him so she won't lose her daughter. The idea here that she was going to fall in love again - with him, the guy who had hurt her so badly - was something I wanted to see an author pull off. I was pretty skeptical.
I was really surprised when she did it. This speaks to the writing, which has a strong emotional punch. The plot is so-so. There are a lot of elements included that require suspending your disbelief: Meg is a helicopter pilot? And so is Josh? Meg takes Josh back when he continues to lie to her? Their daughter immediately loves her daddy? Meg's old friend hates her so much that she publicly shames her?
Despite those flaws, Baumann gave us a small town to love. Close knit, a town that keeps secrets and defends their own fiercely, even when the one they're defending is someone they don't hold highly. It's full of cliches but not the standard cheesy ones. A wise grandmother with a gun was just the right mix of gruff and protectively loving. Meg's dad never changes too much to become unreliable; he stays true to his initial character. And while Meg seems to trust far too quickly and for the wrong reasons, it works because of her own insecurities and past.
All that said, you really do have to suspend your disbelief and just be entertained. If you're looking for a realistic story here, you'll be disappointed. But if you just want a quick, fun read that introduces you to an interesting town full of great characters, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Kate Rudd is fantastic (as usual) as the narrator on audio. She voices each character with the exact amount of emotion and mood. Their personalities are distinct, probably more so because of the way she relates them. This book is likely less believable in print; Kate Rudd brings a lightness to the story that is easy and fun without being silly. It was a pleasure to go right along with things and not question them because of her narration.
This story introduced me to a town that I'm interested to know more about. Bring on the companion novels. I'm in, especially if Kate Rudd is narrating!
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Good solid romance, I really liked the hero and his determination to stay in his daughters life. Of course there's angst but it's not over the top. I will try another book in the series and see if it holds up. Oh yeah and no cliffhanger! Thumbs up.
This book is a good easy listening and happy book. A small town girl with a bad reputation that falls in love with a man that leaves her. She returns to the small town to get away only to be followed there by the man that left her. The story uncovers all the reasons in a fun way that keeps you interested and all the characters a very likable=)
I loved the town, the characters and the story, but I could have done without the detailed love scenes. Those scenes added NOTHING of value to the book and they just felt forced. I would have given this book 4 stars without those scenes, only 3 with them.
First book by this author that I've read and I loved it. I loved Meg right from the beginning. Great story line with all kinds of fun twists. Strong characters. this book sets up everything you need for a great series.
Kate Rudd did a fantastic job an I hope she narrates all the rest of the books in this series
"Humour, heart and great audio narration."
Not overly schmaltzy, funny, strong female characters, realistic men and most of all an absolutely brilliant narrator, able to perform a great range of female and, even more impressively, male voices. Looking forward to next books in the series.
Surprisingly good. Good performance that was not annoying. The heroine is a tad annoying but comes good in the end. A few twists that I did not expect making it interesting.
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