Monday, December 17, 2018

The House on Main Street (Apple Valley #1) by Shirlee McCoy

I am such a sucker for a pretty house and a winter wonderland. Basically, The House on Main Street was all OMG Anna! You neeeeed me!
The Gist: Tessa's found herself back in her small hometown--the last place she wants to be-- caring for her young nephew after her sister's death and cleaning up all of the messes she left behind. Not to mention coming face to face with her childhood crush? Well. It's a lot for a girl to handle on a good day.
I really loved Tess. She's a strong woman doing the best she can. It was easy to like and feel for her as she deals with the loss of her sister, the life she had to gie up and her new reality. Cade was great, too. He's a stand up guy who loves his town and all of the crazy people who live there.

Their romance was sweet and slow burning as he slowly gains her trust and is there for her family as they deal with their grief and moving on. I really liked them together and was rooting for them. And appreciated it when he called her on her shit (she'd said some sexist things). It was nice to see that addressed. Some steamy smooching is as heated as it got.

The added elements of salvaging her sister's disaster of a home/business, mending a relationship with her elderly aunt and being their for her nephew who was severely autistic provided so many layers and emotional little twists.

All in all, The House on Main Street was excellent. It was easy to fall into this world and town. I wanted to spend time with them. Wanted to cheer them on and see them find their way. Wanted to jump in and be a part of everything. I'll definitely read book 2.

Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her Washington 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 Sheriff 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 grown 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. Most of all, he'll have to convince Tess they're good together, and that every step has led her right where she was always meant to be.

Amazon | Goodreads | McCoy on HCBS
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