He’s used to stories with no happy ending…
Aiden Hughes never expected to return to Birdsong, but after a scandal rocked his professional world the former hard-hitting reporter needs a plan B. Covering local events for the small town newspaper after chasing down national news is a huge step backwards. But when he interviews the founder of a dog rescue whose heart is bigger than New York City, he wonders if there’s more to life than his byline in a prestigious paper.
Emily McLane has always had a sweet spot for animals. She plans an ambitious adoption festival to fund the expansion of her beloved dog rescue, but she needs publicity. When a former local boy offers to help her design a promotion, she finds herself falling in love for the first time.
They both have big dreams, but Aiden’s will take him far from Birdsong. Will they follow their hearts or are they only falling in puppy love?
McKnight (What Happens in the Castle) and Fischer (Third Wheel) team up for an unfulfilling contemporary romance that pairs a big city journalist with a small-town dog rescuer. After Aiden Hughes is fired from his job as an investigative reporter in New York City, he heads to his aunt's home in Birdsong, Pa., to lick his wounds. He takes a part-time gig for the local newspaper and is assigned an interview with Emily McLane, whose love of animals evolved into a fledgling nonprofit called Pawsitively Rescue. Though Emily is immediately taken with him, Aiden, who doesn't care for dogs and hopes to return to his high-octane life as soon as possible, is hesitant to reciprocate. What follows is a by-the-numbers romance that sees the pair grow closer while Aiden uses his skills as a writer and photographer to help Emily grow her business. Aiden's struggle between his career aspirations and his growing feelings for Emily makes for a lackluster conflict, and the eventual resolution is too simple to be satisfying. Though the story's easygoing, the romance lacks heat, and the sweet happily ever after isn't enough to save it. Readers will be disappointed.
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Sweet Fall Romance
Aiden is forced to make a detour when his life as a political reporter crashes and burns. But the saying that some things happen for a reason is true when he discovers joy in taking pictures and writing human interest stories like Emily’s dog rescue and her motley crew of fosters. I love those type of stories the best and wish there were more of them in the news. I loved Maple, the handicapped chihuahua who races around on wheels. She was so joyful when she has so many reasons not to be. All of Emily’s dogs were special and I loved how Aiden featured them and all the wonderful things he wrote about the rescue, the dogs, and a special letter in particular he posts near the end of the book. But Aiden gets an offer to be a political reporter again and he has to decide if that’s still his dream. He does play with Emily’s emotions kissing her and acting like a boyfriend when he’s not sure if he’s going to stay in Birdsong. The dogs really stole the show in this sweet fall romance.