As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go…until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home?
Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.
Includes the bonus short story “Last Chance Bride” from Hope Ramsay.
Titles in the Sweetwater Springs series include — Christmas on Mistletoe Lane – A Wedding on Lavender Hill (#1.5) –Springtime at Hope Cottage – Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs (#2.5) – Snowfall on Cedar Trail –
Title: Springtime at Hope Cottage
Series: Sweetwater Springs #2
Author: Annie Rains
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I love a small town romance, it takes me back to a time when my life was slower, a bit calmer and richer for the experience of growing up in Small Town, America. Add to that fact that Annie Rains always delivers a believable, relatable, interesting couple with their own unique issues to be faced and you have a winning combination.
When big city girl, Josie comes to Sweetwater Springs for a visit with her friend she didn’t make the best first impression on Tuck who had been asked to provide “taxi” service for his friend’s friend. Fortunately for them, first impressions can be altered – if the people involved care enough to make that happen.
Things begin to simmer when Josie is injured and is sent to the best physical therapist in town… Tucker. Their chemistry is obvious but their romance is also the slow burn type. Each has issues, reasons for keeping their distance romantically – but can they actually manage to do that becomes the question.
I enjoyed SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE so much. This romance has truly believable characters, some quirky, others just the nib-noses you’d expect in a small town (or anywhere really). I fell in love with Sweetwater Springs in the first story and my enjoyment of this particular small town has only grown. Tuck and Josie make a believable couple mainly because of their differences and how life has treated them along the way. There are choices to be made, but for the right reason, that can lead to a lifetime of happiness. If you enjoy a really good love story with characters you’ll soon consider friends, then this is the romance for you. I would not hesitate to recommend this story or series to any Romance reader. You’ll be captured by this small town’s charms and one loving couple.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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