Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her Washington hometown. She intends to get back to it - as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily. But leaving Apple Valley a second time won't be so easy. There's her grieving nephew, Alex, to consider. And there's Sheriff Cade Cunningham, the adolescent crush who could easily break her heart again if she let him.
To Cade, Tessa was simply his high school sweetheart's kid sister. But now there's no denying she's a beautiful and caring grown woman, one he'd like to get to know. Except that Tessa is determined to leave again. If Cade wants to change her mind, he'll have to show her that small-town life has its lovable side - and that he does too. Most of all, he'll have to convince Tess they're good together, and that every step has led her right where she was always meant to be.
©2013 Shirlee McCoy (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Maybe it was a nice read of family, love, old fashioned neighbors where people care and help. There is humor, fun and learning experiences. The days of old brought to today!
Again, I love all the characters; they each bring uniqueness to the story. Alex is an autistic child who lost his parents. I loved the way in which autism was portrayed and the intelligence of Ales. The author did an exceptional job with this area. (This was my first read from this author)
My favorite was when Alex was playing the piano in the church and Tessa was feeling the specialness of the song (Tessa is his Aunt and caretaker after the death of her sister Emily and her husband Dave-car accident.) Tessa asked what the name of the song was; Alex replying "it's Tessa's song"! A bond grew from there. Gertrude the Aunt who raised Tessa and helped with Ales definitely was a favorite!! She's a character!!!
I didn't read it in one sitting but I picked it up every chance I could. It never lost my interest.
I felt this book was well written! The story was very good and I am on to the second book. The narrator is excellent capturing tones of the characters bringing them to reality. It's was a book of old to me where neighbors are truly neighbors and seeing Tessa coming from a city and high profile job she found her nitch quickly. Very flowing nice story!!
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