Tessa is returning to Hope Falls (a new town in this series, similar to Harpers Crossing); Jake hasn’t seen her in 13 years, ever since she left him and town all together without a word.
Tessa came back to finalize her grandma’s will, then discovers the house she inherited is in debt for $30K. Yikes! Guess she has to stay in town until she fixes it up and sells it. Not that it was such a bad thing. I mean, Jake wasn’t 17 anymore—he was a MAN and a firefighter. HOTTIE! Jake was Tessa’s first—first kiss, first time, first love, first proposal. What happened? Why did she leave such sweet man-candy? Ah, she left to see the world. Understandable. But there’s actually more to it than that.
I didn’t blame Jake for being pissed. They both had plans and she just left like a coward. No wonder his heart turned to ice.
Like the Harpers Crossing books, characters all have the same history, childhood, and memories. Everybody knows everybody, each paired off with their significant other, and they are all family. And, like the previous Shawn novels, each couple has their own electric chemistry and compatibility. Jake and Tessa have this special kinship and bond—they were practically made for each other. Once again, Shawn captivates us with heartwarming stories and endearing characters.
My rating: 4 stars