The New York Times bestselling author returns to Mystic Creek, Oregon, with a story about finding an unforgettable love just around the corner. . . .
When a favorite customer on his delivery route needs a favor, Tanner Richards agrees to help without a second thought. The last thing he expects is to face off against the man’s spitfire granddaughter.
Crystal Malloy is near her breaking point. Her beloved grandfather constantly skirts the rules at the retirement center where he’s recovering from surgery. She’s caring for his escape artist dog, even if it means abandoning her salon customers, and she has no time for a romantic attraction to the handsome new stranger.
After Tanner’s reassigned to Mystic Creek, Crystal can no longer ignore how much she misjudged the man’s good intentions. She has known too much sorrow to easily open her heart, but she can’t deny that Tanner and his children could gift her with a happiness beyond compare—if only she can forgive herself for the past and accept that she’s deserving of such a love.
Anderson's fourth Mystic Creek contemporary makes good use of its lengthy word count as it explores the familial connection and separate love lives of Crystal Malloy and her grandfather, Tuck Malloy. Tuck's friend Tanner Richards, a handsome single father, sneaks beer and tobacco into Tuck's assisted living community at Tuck's request, but the cantankerous administrator catches him and threatens to kick Tuck out. Under duress, Crystal reluctantly files a complaint against Tanner with the courier company he works for, but he quickly forgives the apologetic Crystal after she stands up for Tuck at the center. Tuck, who's only at the facility while he recovers from an injury, is eager to break free of the "prison," with its bad food and nosy staff, but when he meets regal, down-to-earth, and beautiful Essie Childers, a fellow resident, his opinion of the place changes. Crystal believes she's unworthy of love, but Tanner fights for a future with her. Meanwhile, Essie's greedy son threatens her newfound happiness with Tuck, but Essie's a formidable opponent to his schemes. Delightful characters (including Tuck's intelligent dog, Rip) and amusing dialogue will make readers anxious to revisit charming Mystic Creek, Ore.