Olivia Miles' books always give my heart a little squeeze. Beautiful and touching. Hope Springs on Main Street was the perfect read for a Fall afternoon and a lovely second chance romance as childhood friends finally realize they may have been meant for more.
The quick of it is that Jane's ex-husband is a complete fucking asshole and Jane is trying to move on and keep it together now that she's a single mom. And her life has just gotten even more complicated when the scummy ex's best friend comes back to town to deal with his own demons and despite calling it quits on the male population sparks start to fly...
Jane and Henry were wonderful. They're good people and both a bit gun shy after suffering through divorces. Jane's was very recent and dealing with her ex is a daily battle. I seriously wanted to just scoop her up and give her a big ol' hug. And beat the hell out of the ex. He made me...have #rageface. Jane though. Gah! a single mama and fighting hard to give her little girl a good life and stability in the face of so much change. And Henry. Oh heavens. Henry was gorgeous and kind and exactly what Jane and her little girl needed in their life. A man who was good down to his toes despite the demons from his childhood he was still fighting.
There's not much in the way of heat other than a little kissing and heavy petting. Everything else is behind closed doors. But the slowly growing connection between them was lovely and sweet and had me sighing a number of times.
I loved how much they cared for their families and friends. That connection and love was heartwarming and made the story even more special. And how Henry was with her little girl. It all just got me right....there. Ya know?
It's not all fluffy though. There are some heard things both Jane and Henry deal with. The devastation of a marriage ending, with friends caught in the middle of the split, with old gossip and painful past memories and stigmas. It was heartwrenching watching them deal with their demons but wonderful seeing their inner strengths (even when they couldn't see them).
All in all, Hope Springs on Main Street gave me all the feels. Miles has a beautiful way about her writing and of showing hope, strength and love triumphing over all. She's one not to miss!
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Jane's still kind, beautiful-and far too good for the buddy Henry Birch tried to stop her from marrying years ago. Laying eyes on her now is like a much-needed ray of sunshine. Back in town to sell his family's old house, Henry wants to close a bad chapter in his life and move on. But time with Jane and her sweet daughter has him flirting with the idea of happily ever after-if he can convince her to take a second chance on love . .
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