Shaw Daly left Coopers Creek for the big wide world, studied Art and made it to the top in marketing and sales. She achieved more than she ever thought to, even owning a 19C triplex in San Francisco; but life is empty and she no longer get any sense of achievement from selling things people don’t need. When she goes home to Coopers Creek to have some down time she is lost and empty, with no purpose in life.
Apart from a few brief trips and a semester abroad, Kate Elkins is the exact opposite, small-town girl who loves her job teaching first grade and is firmly and happily part of a social and family network. Taking a year off to care for her ailing mother is a sacrifice, but Kate knows It is something she needs to do.
When Shaw and Kate collide in the local shop memories of her school-girl crush flood Kate and so the dance begins. Attracted and interested but aware it can only be short term, both women want to explore their feelings while resisting anything painful.
A light and enjoyable romance ensues, enough natural angst from the expected timeline, with some nice side-lines, particularly Shaw’s unexpected family history. Shaw has an internal journey to realising what’s important and must grow into her real self. The portrayal of Kate’s mother and her care is well done and sympathetically drawn.
A classic traditional romance, easy reading, good dialogue and loveable characters; saccharine sweet in places, the sub-plots and setting save it. The editing could have been tighter in places early on, but overall an enjoyable summer read.
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