Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.
Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project—and an undeniable whirlwind romance.
But it’s not all smooth sailing. Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts to discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?
This story was sweet through and through. Someone recommended this book to me and I am so glad! I am making more of an effort this year to read more e-books (not my fave) and try more new authors. This book accomplished both of those items! I enjoyed this contemporary romance set in Laurel Cove, North Carolina. The characters were flawed, but experience growth throughout this story both spiritually and emotionally. There were so many moments where I was reading along and thinking “oh no, she’s totally going to do this and I will be annoyed” however I was happily wrong and at many pivotal points in the story I found the characters trusting God, forgiving misunderstandings and working through issues while being honest and open. Just so refreshing! The romance between the characters was fun, sweet, and one that you were rooting for. I appreciated that Livy and Jack each had separate issues that they had to work through before they could come to a place of acceptance and forgiveness. There was a lot of spiritual content in this story as the characters dealt with issues from thief pasts, but it was never heavy or to much for the moment. There were some flirty, almost pushing the limit, scenes of physical contact but I do feel that it was likely very realistic for a dating couple. I just might not recommend this particular book for a young teen reader. A little bit of a tense moment towards the end of this book which added an unexpected twist, but the conclusion was sweet and satisfying. I enjoyed this book and would gladly read more from this author!
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