By Stacey Donovan
Setting: Denver, CO
Paige lives life on her own terms. She rents a vintage cabin and is grateful for everything she has. She makes sure her first-grade students receive the attention they deserve. Her parents are a big part of her life. They’ve helped her get this far, but she wants to support herself. In terms of goals, she hopes to become a children’s book writer and is hoping her manuscript doesn’t get stuck in the slush pile.
Her heart is nearly broken when she learns from her landlord, Harry, that he’s going to sell the cabin and move to Albuquerque to be closer to his daughter and her family. She’s happy he’ll have the opportunity, but at the same time knows that she has to leave the one thing she’s most proud of. Perhaps it was an unreachable dream, but she considered what her chances were in buying the cabin.
Perhaps it’s fate, but one day while going to the café to buy cupcakes for her class, she meets Dylan. They really have nothing in common. He’s in finance and can only focus on earning his way as vice president. She has a natural desire to care about others. But something clicks when he sees her and he volunteers to pay for her purchase. Their brief connection may have ended there, but there’s a tie that binds them.
When the cabin goes on the market, Paige decides to fight for it, hoping that the money will come through with the sale of one of her manuscripts.
Then Dylan learns it was once his grandparents’ home, where he was happy when he was young. So, it’s clear what the conflict is. Now they have to figure out what to do. The cabin brought them together, but can it bring them real happiness? Read the book to find out.
After reading years of romance, it is very different to read something “sweet” rather than “hot.” I find it kind of nice to have things toned down once in a while instead of totally descriptive sex. I could relate to the characters’ life challenges and cared about what happened to them. There was a good balance of emotion and conflict. Only thing unrealistic is thinking the book deal would come through when she needed it the most. It doesn’t work that way in real life.
Three and a half children’s books out of five
Jan. 27, 2019