Lily is an absolute gem, feisty, determined, and with such a wonderful heart. She was dealt the aftermath of a bad hand, but everything she did, every life she touched, she left a mark, and it was for the better. The way she handled the aging cook, how she turned the tide for the elderly gent, her interactions with Trace's young man (such patience and care!), the temporary home she gave to the ducklings that followed her home (so to speak), and even how she handles things when they turn sour (totally saw the finger painting scene play out from a mile away!), all speak to a woman of substance, a woman rising above the crap-shoot life delivered determination, gumption, and a heck of a sense of humor. Trace was a total alpha, but in the best ways possible. He's handsome, hardworking, dedicated to his son, always there for his family, and willing to go the extra mile for those he cares for. He came back to the family business burnt by love, sealing that part of his heart off evermore, or at least until a particular Cajun-tinged redhead blew into town...or excuse me, biked with all her might into town. (I'm sorry, but that's a scene I won't be forgetting soon...) He never saw her coming, and yet his heart was ready for her all the same...even if it took a bit to kickstart it again.
In the end, did I mention I LOVED IT? Yeah, because I did, for as much the story as the endearing characters that inhabit the pages. My only qualm with the whole thing was how quick forgiveness was given after a particular betrayal of sorts...personally, I would have held out, or at least made them work for it, but I suppose love IS blind, and really, they were made for each other. What's that? Which two am I talking about? Oh, you'll see, but you'll have to crack the spine on this dynamite read yourself....I DARE YOU 😉...
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