Mia DeAngelis knew it was time to make a change. Wanting to provide a better life for herself and her ten-year-old nephew, Ben, she took a chance and moved to the small town of Compass Cove, New York, on Long Island’s north shore. Now, the college librarian is adapting to a new job, a new town, and living with her feisty seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Mia is determined to make it all work, hoping the coastal hamlet gives both her and Ben the sense of community, family and belonging they both want so much. 

Adam Miller, a retired NFL quarterback, has come back to Compass Cove to start over after an injury puts an end to his high-octane life. Home never figured into his plans, but when the spectacular crash to earth forces the former superstar to return to his family, Adam must build a new life from the ashes of his old one. Settling into the small town routine proves to be a challenge, but his job coaching at Jennings College gives him a sense of purpose while keeping him connected to the game he loves. 

It won’t be easy, but with the help of a few meddling family members, and a little bit of small town magic, these two lost hearts might find the love they so desperately crave.

Titles in the Compass Cove series include:  Then Came You –

Title:  Then Came You
Series:  Compass Cove #1
Author:  Jeannie Moon
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 28, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I was hooked on following this series from the magical, a bit mystical introduction of the history of Compass Cove and one loving, deceased husband pointing the way for love to find his wife once again.  It’s that kind of legend that makes small towns so special, and will grab my attention from the very start.

Mia and Adam have returned to Compass Cove for very different reasons, yet they both end up at the local college.  Mia is the guardian for her young nephew, Ben, and believes that the best place to raise him is in her home town with its slower pace, neighbors who know and actually care about each other (even if some are particularly noisy) in a caring community of family and friends.  She wasn’t looking for romance, she had her hands full – but then she hadn’t counted on one handsome football coach either.

Adam had to face the end of his football career due to an accident.  Returning home to Compass Cove simply made sense.  He no longer wanted the living on the edge lifestyle he once had, the college offered him work in the field he loves and it was past time to simply slow his life down a bit.  A romance with the college librarian wasn’t on his radar, but then falling in love rarely is.

I had such fun with Then Came You.  Mia and Adam are not without their faults which only made their story that more realistic.  Adam definitely has to do some learning about life outside of his star quarterback role – there were moments when he was totally clueless about why his actions or comments were just too much.  Mia has a lot of responsibilities, yes, but she also needs to learn how to let go and simply enjoy the moment.  Ben will help her with that, as any young boy is a constant source of mischief, laughter and a few tears.  Their story is full of lively, interesting secondary characters, some who will have their own tales told one day.  The world building is light as in not overpowering, we learn about the town through dialogue and interesting narrative.  I always appreciate slowly learning abut a community without an information dump.

Then Came You did what a first story in a series is supposed to do… get my attention and leave me wanting to know more about everyone I’ve met.  I would recommend this one to any Romance reader – and I’m definitely looking forward to returning to Compass Cove for the next story.

*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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