From the minute the book began I was engaged by the lead hero, Rick, his motley crew of family members, and their remote location in Vermont. There’s something about the heavily wooded location of the town, and slower pace of life that wrapped me in a cocoon and held me captive.
Rick is a rugged gentle man with rough edges, and a secret that’s shaped him for life. I loved his adorable awkwardness, and the mysterious air he held. Watching him blossom and open up I feel a little more in love with him every chapter that passed. In love with the land and the bakery and maple factory he runs, he has no intent on selling out to the big name company that wants to buy him out and build a five-star resort. What he’s not immune too however, is the pitch woman, Lily.
The granddaughter of the former owner of the land that sits next to Ricks’, Lily is a city girl with roots in California. She has a love of travel, fashion, and gourmet restaurants. Her only goal is to buy out Rick’s property and sell it along with her share to the company she works for. With Ricks’ determined refusal to sell, she’s forced to stay in Vermont much longer than she’d like. The wilderness scares her, and the ghosts from her past rise up at every turn, forcing her to face her fears. The relationship she develops with not only Rick, but his family shows her things aren’t always as they seem.
I loved taking the path to love and self-discovery with Lily and Rick. They had unique back grounds and careers I found extremely interesting. This is a well written story of triumph, love, discovery, and adventure. I can’t wait to read more in the series.