After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns--a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled...even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.
Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a TLC...
I must be the only person in the world to not like or love this book. I know the problem has to lay with me. When I started having a "disconnect" with the book, I looked at some of the reviews to see if it was just me. Apparently it was. For days I found myself struggling to get through this book. Unfortunately, I didn't even finish the book. I ended up reading only 33% of it. Yes, I know that's bad. I'm sure the book gets better. I mean come on, everyone else seems to like it.
From the part I did read, Parker is a borderline brat. She's thirty-five years old and is in the position she's in because of herself. Her father, Harry, goes to prison for insider trading. In a way to attempt to cover his tracks he uses all of his money, the money in trust for Parker, as well as the trust money of Parker's six year old son, Nicky. Harry was able to get all of Parker's and Nicky's money because she never put the accounts in her name. She even signed a document giving her father full control to do as he wished with the money. In addition to all of their money being gone, the Feds seized the house Parker was living in because it was a family home, and something that Parker hadn't personally paid for. Because of this she blames James, Harry's personal attorney for NOT telling her what her father was doing or telling her that she needed to control her own money.
I'm pretty sure James is a great guy. Heck, I know he's a great guy. He ends up following Parker to Maine, to help her get her inherited house in shape and isn't being paid to do so. He's dedicated his entire summer to helping her instead of looking for a new job for himself. I gather James is hiding some kind of secret. Maybe it really isn't a secret, but for some reason he feels he owes everything to Harry. I'm sure that's revealed at some point in the book.
I don't feel it's appropriate for me to give a rating on a review I wasn't able to get into or even finish half way so I'm not. I will say I'm hoping to attempt to read this book again and hopefully the next time I pick up this book, I will be able to read it, finish it, and enjoy it.
Release Date: Available Now
Book Length: 430 pages
Reading Format: Available in eBook and paperback
Author’s Website: Kristan Higgins
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