For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.
Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.
Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
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Walsh (Hometown Girl) takes readers on a calm, sweet journey in this contemporary Christian romance set amidst the cold winds of Harbor Pointe, Michigan. Quinn Collins was raised by her father after her mother left when she was nine years old. Quinn, who has never forgiven her mother, is determined to get her attention by reopening the flower shop her mother abandoned 20 years before and entering a flower competition that her mother judges. Although Quinn doesn't lack gumption, she is prone to avoiding risk and is struggling with the flower shop preparations. Grady Benson is the exact opposite a bad-tempered world-class skier and consummate risk-taker who is recovering from a series of professional losses. After Brady gets into a squabble at a local restaurant and is court-ordered to fix damage he caused to the kitchen, Quinn agrees to help him with the repairs in exchange for his help fixing up her flower shop. The romance element is superficial; their relationship is long on regrets and broken pasts and never quite provides the satisfaction of a happily ever after. Despite this, Walsh's charming narrative is an enjoyable blend of slice-of-life and small-town Americana that will please Christian readers looking for a sweet story about forgiveness.
Another beautiful story!
Courtney Walsh never disappoints! She has a way of painting her towns so well that you wish they were real so you could pack a bag and go for a visit!!
The characters are so relatable to real life. In every book I’ve read of hers, I’ve found something similar to myself or a lesson to be learned from their growth throughout the story.
I would highly recommend any Courtney Walsh book!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.