Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her hometown. She intends to get back to it as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily.Read more...
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Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her hometown. She intends to get back to it as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily. But leaving Apple Valley a second time won't be so easy. There's her grieving nephew, Alex, to consider. And there's Cade Cunningham, the adolescent crush who could easily break her heart again if she let him.
To Cade, Tessa was simply his high school sweetheart's kid sister. But now there's no denying she's a beautiful and caring woman, one he'd like to get to know. Except that Tessa is determined to leave again. If Cade wants to change her mind, he'll have to show her that small-town life has its lovable side and that he does too.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Tess McKenzie fled Apple Valley, Wash., for a career as an interior designer in Annapolis, Md. When Tess’s sister, Emily, is killed in an accident, Tess inherits a Victorian house in Apple Valley, a failing antiques store, and guardianship of her autistic nephew, Alex. She’s also stuck with Gertrude, the crotchety aunt who raised her. Her childhood best friend and crush, Cade Cunningham, is now the sheriff; he’s stunned that former tomboy Tess is now a beautiful independent woman. For Alex’s sake, Tess stays in Apple Valley, but can Cade get her to feel at home in the sometimes stifling and insular town? Romantic suspense author McCoy (Fugitive) allows the pedestrian smalltown romance plot to be overshadowed by the cipher that is Emily. To Tess, she’s the sister whose mistakes Tess had to fix; to Cade, she’s the lover who betrayed him. Was she irresponsible, naïve, scheming, loving, angelic? Other characters seem dull in comparison to the one who never appears in the book at all. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency. (Nov.)