After twelve years away, organized consultant, Penelope Walker, doesn’t expect to return to Blue Lake, Virginia. But when her parents unexpectedly die, she returns to her hometown and finds out that general contractor and former love of her life, Ethan Callahan, is back too. Their relationship transcended the typical high school romance and his mere presence is enough to have all those feelings of passion return full force. Only she can’t forget that Ethan didn’t show up for their secret elopement and left her brokenhearted.
It doesn’t take long for Ethan to realize he wants Penelope back, but he knows she won’t let go of the past that easily. When she finds out what her parents asked him to do all those years ago, she’ll never let him back into her life. Even though he did all of it for her.
Penelope’s determined to unravel the mystery of their shared pasts, while Ethan wants nothing more than to move on to their future. If these two former lovers can learn to forgive and forget, will they be able to remember that they had the best kind of love?
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As the title of this novel may allude, this was definitely more of your heartwarming kinda romance. The storyline was very aww-inducing and could thaw a frozen heart. I guess the small-town setting insists on a more wholesome feeling and this novel delivered. Our main girl, Penelope, returns home to the small-town she grew up in after the tragic loss of her parents. Perfectly great and horrible timing since she just got laid off from her super-fantastic dream job. As much as it sucks that she's dealing with her parents' deaths, it was great that she had the time off to truly deal with her grief as well as the loss of her job. What she doesn't expect that her first love, Ethan, has ALSO returned and has seemingly infiltrated every part of the life she had left behind. In a small town like Blue Lake and with him being her neighbour, Penelope can't seem to escape the man who once broke her heart.
Penelope, as much as she SAYS she despises Ethan doesn't really fight him off all that much. She goes on and on and on about how much she can't stand him because of what he did to her but in a blink of an eye will end up in his arms. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. She's a bit too wishy-washy for my liking, though, I do like her take-charge attitude.
Ethan seems to be a decent guy with a whole lot of baggage. That baggage slowly unravels itself through the novel and you go from not liking him and not understanding his actions to realizing that he's that much more of a stand-up guy. As Penelope unfolds later in the story, he's pretty awesome as she once thought...possibly more!
This was an enjoyable read, it was sad, it was aww-inducing and it had enough mystery (behind Ethan's story) to keep you turning the pages. It also sets up for Penelope's sister, Chloe, to have a story of her own--I wonder if each of the sisters will end up with their own book?
About the Author
Kerri Carpenter began writing in her grandmother’s kitchen at the age of seven in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A life-long fan of reading, she got lost in the worlds of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. She also assumed that everyone had characters and plots forming in their heads at all times.
Once she turned to romance novels, she couldn’t get enough of books with happy endings, so she started writing her own. Now, Kerri writes contemporary romances, usually set in small towns. She enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) poodle mix, Harry.
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