He’s obsessed with his art and with a woman who doesn’t want to love him.
Maybe he should be grateful. Without the constant frustration, Joseph McEldowney figures he might never have answered any artistic urge to express his emotions. Now carving life from wood is all that soothes him. Too bad he can’t carve out a place in this world where nothing matters except the heaven-sent pull he and Jillian Lansing have towards each other. She says he doesn’t fit her long-term plans. If that’s true, why should he torture himself with the short-term pleasure she’s offering? But how can he turn her away when he can’t get her off his mind? He loves her.
Jillian Lansing has been ambitious all her life. Despite helping care for her deceased brother’s children, she kept all her own big dreams and plans for a family of her own. Sure, they’ve been put on hold for the last few years, but her life is way more stable now. Her auntie duties are relaxing into something almost normal. Reesa and Shane are doing great with the kids, and now expecting one of their own.Her lifelong best friend’s pregnancy is another wake-up call for her. Despite both of them grieving the loss of their siblings, Reesa managed to find her perfect partner. So where is hers? She’s certainly dated enough trying to find him. And no, he definitely isn’t Joseph.
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Old friends and new characters
This is a well crafted, thought-out story. It celebrates the differences and similarities in our life experiences no matter what family or society has taught us to believe. Jillian is a self confident woman who can’t seem to stay away from Joe despite her family’s wishes. Joe is a carpenter who is having a hard time believing in his artistic abilities. The story is how they handle their attraction while dealing with family and the crazy Larson clan. Thanks for continuing this series, Donna.