After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.
The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.
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The return to the seaside town of Black Dog Bay from Kendrick's most recent novel Cure for the Common Breakup adds to the highly charming adorableness of her latest. Following a bank-breaking divorce and ill-advised last ditch effort to hit him where it hurts by purchasing an expensive FU'-V", Lila Alders is forced to move back into her childhood home, with her recently widowed, mother Daphne, who never lets anyone see her without perfect hair and makeup. The time Lila had hoped to use figuring out the rest of her life while gorging on M&Ms and wine at the nearby The Whinery ends up being used to help rid Daphne of her penchant for brushing problems under the rug namely, by forcing her to acknowledge her extremely tumultuous financial situation. With the help of a multitude of friendly neighborhood ex-boyfriends including Lila's first love turned property manager Ben and ex-Marine Malcolm, Lila ingeniously decides to use Daphne's stock piles of (expensive) vintage clothing, to get her mother out of debt. Lila and Daphne's road back into financial security and to becoming responsible for their own happiness is filled with witty banter, unpredictable trials, and most importantly, renewed love for things old and long forgotten. While the characters and some of the storylines from Kendrick's previous book do continue, readers will be just as taken picking up with this novel.