Returning to Magnolia Sound was never part of the plan. Then again, Parker Bishop rarely had one. Yet after confessing her love to her best friend right before his wedding, she needs time to lick her wounds from the disastrous scene that unfolds. After the unsympathetic welcome she receives from her parents and siblings, Parker finds herself absentmindedly driving through town in search of a place to stay.
That's when she spots the flier and a familiar name…
Ethan Harlow enjoys the peace and quiet. Unfortunately, finding a moment of it becomes impossible when the flier he posts for a roommate brings Parker crashing into his life. Of course, he remembers her from high school. It's impossible to forget little miss popular who was always the center of attention. All he wanted was to split the rent and keep to himself. Instead, Parker transforms his home and makes him question the dreams he gave up out of fear of stepping out of his comfort zone.
The attraction they feel to one another makes crossing the line from roommates to lovers seem inevitable. But the more Parker encourages Ethan to pursue his dreams, the less likely it becomes that they can have any kind of future together. Can they find a way to claim their happily ever after or will their individual paths make a future impossible?
Delightful!! This was such a fun story I didn’t want it to end. Ethan and Parker are perfect for each other. From the minute they meet it’s fireworks. They way they were both able to work through their own self-confidence while also helping each other was inspiring. Another HEA for Magnolia Sound!!
Finding Your True Self
Parker Bishop’s life was always changing because of her family dynamics and her feelings of never settling down or being good enough to please everyone. Returning to Magnolia Sound after a disastrous encounter with her best friend, Tyler, and his pending wedding, she finds herself alone again with the unsympathetic responses from her family. Parker encounters an old, nerdy friend from her high school days, Ethan Harlow, and she crashes loudly into his very quiet, peaceful life that he didn’t see coming. It began as a roommate and friend that was going to let Parker stay until she got herself together. It is an amazing journey of two lost souls, alone in the world, who help each other find their way. They, each, have to make choices that will change their lives and future. Magnolia Sound is a series of books that are connected but can be read separately. Amazing characters and story, once again!
Terrific small-town contemporary with big heart
Four and a half stars
Always On My Mind by Samantha Chase is part of the Magnolia Sound series. It stands alone well, but appreciation of the familial and community relationships benefit from enjoying the series in order.
Parker Bishop and Ethan Harlow are unlikely roommates. Classmates in high school, they moved in different social circles and it isn’t until Parker retreats home to Magnolia Sound after her friendship with her best friend Tyler implodes and Ethan is looking for a roommate to ease his financial situation that their paths cross again.
Samantha Chase does a great job with these two seeming opposites, and as they slowly build a friendship and acknowledge a significant attraction, readers get to see how much these two have matured and are able to be brave with their lives and hearts. Ms Chase does a terrific job of letting us see their vulnerabilities as they open up to each other, and they find they share chemistry and more.
Always On My Mind is a terrific small-town contemporary with the joys of community living!