Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible. The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.
The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…
Grant retreats to a large mansion previously owned by his passed-away grandparents after a particularly nasty divorce. Ironically, he himself is a lawyer. This book has quite a few tropes in it (the lawyer is the one who is divorced, he ends up dating a reporter against his own advice, etc...). Grant believes he knows what he needs to know about his family, but he's in for a whole story of surprises after meeting local reporter Jami. Jami insists upon exploring his family past and opening up the mysteries behind the mansion. Although parts of Jami made him uncomfortable, Grant still decides that he may be in love with her. Throughout the book, quite a few events occur that make it seem like the two may not remain together and their relationship is fraught with problems.
I preferred stable, aloof Grant's character over Jami's stubborn, obnoxious ways. I had difficulty connecting to either of the characters and feel like that took away some of my enjoyment of the book. The book is short and can be finished in one sitting. The author's style of writing will remind you of old-fashioned love stories (which I thoroughly enjoyed). A few of the surprises even managed to sneak up on me. I enjoyed the ending and would recommend this to adult, female readers.
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