Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.
But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.
While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas.
In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn’t so far away.
I am trying to diversify my reading a bit lately and this was the perfect opportunity for branching out. A modern twist on a Jane Austen style plot. I was wondering how this could work and not be a mirror image of the story, but the author does a great job of modernizing and making the story unique, while also giving a nod to the tried and true Sense and Sensibility plot line. The book is written in first person from the point of view of both Jane and Callum. I liked the dual point of view! It offered variety and a chance to experience the story from the other side periodically. I admired Celia, Jane and Margo for pulling together and making things work when things became difficult. I have to say that I enjoyed Callum’s character the most. He was dealing with a lot of issues due to his injury and it allowed the reader to see his struggles and form a connection with that character. I feel like I was instantly rooting for Callum. Contemporary romance fans will really enjoy this novel. If you are looking for a book with romance, relationships, heartache and manly heroes to the rescue then you will not be dissapointed!
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*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.