After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career.
But Sophie’s labor of love becomes a bone of contention for her new neighbor Jason Bowers. The local landscaper has big plans for growing his business—until Sophie scoops up the property he’s got his eye on. And no amount of buyout offers or badgering from him will get her to budge. It’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. But when they’re paired up to work on a community project, they agree to put their differences aside, and sparks begin to fly. Then Sophie’s cheating ex suddenly shows up, looking for a second chance—and threatening to make Jason a third wheel just when his hotheaded feelings about Sophie were turning decidedly warmhearted. All Sophie wants is a new life and a true love. But what are the odds of having both?
This book is part of the Chesapeake Diaries series and takes place in the small town of St. Dennis in Maryland, as are all of these books. I have read all of them and I guess I will keep reading them as long as the author keeps writing them. They are all heartwarming romances and while I don’t read many “just romances” any more, this is one series that I really enjoy. I have also read most of this author’s women in jeopardy, suspense novels, which is why I started reading this series in the first place. I find her to be a very good story teller, whether it be romance or suspense.
Sophia Enright is a big city lawyer with a real jerk of an ex-boyfriend. After she catches him in a compromising position, she decides she needs to get away from everything. She goes to St. Dennis, the home of her grandfather, brother and his soon to be wife. Jason Bowers is a landscaper and is fairly new to St. Dennis. After his brother and business partner dies in Iraq, he moved his business to St. Dennis to be closer to his only relative, his nephew.
As with all of these books, I really liked the romance but even more than that, I really liked that most of the characters have had their own book already, so you feel like you are catching up with characters that you already know and like. All of the characters are either family, knew each other all their lives or are new to town and need their happily ever after.
Of course there are things that go wrong in the relationships in these books. True love doesn’t always run smoothly and all that. How boring would a book be without some strife! So that’s something else I liked about this book.
For all those that like to cook, the author has included the recipes that have been mentioned in the book. Another plus, there’s actually a sort of ghost story involved in a small, but very charming way.
Was there anything I didn’t like about the book? Not really. The romance was good, the characters-with the exception of her ex-boyfriend-are all good characters, and the story was very readable. So yes I liked the book and would recommend it to all people that like heartwarming romances with a few sexual- but not explicit- situations. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest and fair review.