5 stars! I read this book in a day as I couldn't put it down. I love second chance romances and this one does not disappoint. Noah is so sweet and even from the beginning you can tell that he is trying/tried so hard to keep Harlow. One click this now!
Noah and Harlow fell desperately in love, and married young. Really young, and while they both loved each other dearly, love on its own isn't enough to make a marriage work. To make it work you need to back those feelings up with actions that reflect them, and when everything came to a head, Noah's actions were ... not enough.
Faced with that, and knowing that she deserved better, Harlow picked up and left. Not only did she leave Noah, but she left town for the bright lights of New York, leaving behind the grandmother who'd raised her, and a much younger brother who still needed his fair share of raising.
Years later, that grandmother gets sick, and that little brother is still in need of adult supervision, prompting a return as abrupt as her departure, and that's where things start getting all sorts of complicated.
This delightful novel has a wonderful cast of colorful characters, some of whom have apparently featured in other novels in the series, but were introduced in such a way that I certainly didn't feel I was expected to know things I didn't for not having read those other books.
The tension between the two main characters is superbly awkward, Despite not having seen each other for years, there's clearly still chemistry there, yet neither seem particularly sure how to navigate their new circumstances, particularly given that Harlow is now guardian to fourteen year old Ethan, up and coming football star, and Noah is now ... Coach Murphy.
Author Jessica Prince beautifully captures the innocence and claustrophobia of living in a small town. The freedom from the rat race of the big city, traded off against the inability to simply mind avoid that one person you'd really like to not see, since even just walking past them on the street means facing up to demons you thought were long buried.
I really enjoyed the way this book transitions seamlessly from light and funny, to heavy and serious, the subplots involving best friends and particularly how the plot kept revolving around two characters other than the two main ones, Ethan and Grammy.
In the end, a heartwarming tale about love and family that brought tears and smiles in slightly disproportionate measure. I've no hesitation in recommending it.