A story about healing from past hurts and accepting love and support. The whole cast of characters make the story enjoyable. The "difficulties" and things going "wrong", were a bit overdone, for my taste. Apart from that, it had some good wisdom and growth take place. And, of course, a HEA ending.
Brought up by a mother who blamed Naomi for wrecking her life and was never slow to say so - or to make any other derogatory comments, whether true or not - Naomi fled Chapel Cove as soon as she could to make a new, and completely different, life elsewhere. She was determined never to return, and even the news that Mateo, the only man she had ever kissed, had returned home and was still unmarried didn't tempt her to leave her highly paid and much enjoyed job in Austin. But then Aunt Ivy, who had been more of a mother to her than her actual mother, had a heart attack and needed care for both herself and her bookstore - and Naomi can't say no, however much she might want to. Coming back to Chapel Cove was never in her plans, so why does it feel right? As she spends time with Mateo and the old attraction returns, remaining gradually becomes a possibility - if she can overcome her mother's brainwashing...
This is the first of the Chapel Cove series that I've read, but I'm definitely planning to read more! (And note that, while the stories presumably do intertwine to some extent, I had no problem with reading this out of order.) With the author's usual good writing and enjoyable storyline, as well as some problems to overcome in the relationship and a few quirky characters (Oscar was a hoot - if birds count as characters?), this made for a fun read with the potential for plenty more couples to be paired up in future, though Naomi and Mateo had their own satisfactory 'happy ending' (it would be good to see more of how they go as a couple in future books...). I look forward to seeing more of the world of Chapel Cove and hope it will be soon.
Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.