In this touching new novel by New York Times bestselling author Jill Gregory, a woman comes face to face with a love from her past and finds the chance to heal… Fifth grade teacher Mia Quinn expected a tranquil summer in her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, sewing for her quilting group’s exhibition fundraiser and caring for her rescued dog, Samson. But all her plans for a relaxing break are thrown out the window when Travis Tanner—the boy who broke her heart in high school—returns to town with his ten year old adopted step-son.
A former FBI agent, the boy Mia once knew is now well over six feet of male muscle—and he still has the power to make Mia lose her train of thought with just a glance. When Travis asks her to tutor his troubled son, Mia quickly discovers that the sparks between them are hotter than ever. As danger comes to Lonesome Way and family secrets come to light, will Travis and Mia realize that love can be even better the second time around?
Stock characters, clich d plot points, and a secondary story ripped from the headlines do not serve Gregory well in her second Lonesome Way romance (after Sage Creek). Tired of red tape, former FBI agent Travis Tanner returns to his small Montana hometown to start a security company; reconnect with his 10-year-old stepson, Grady, and get the boy back on track academically; and maybe strike sparks with his high school honey, Mia Quinn. But Mia, an elementary school teacher who is Grady's best hope, comes from a long line of jilted women and has enough on her plate: her prickly great-aunt needs help but won't acknowledge it, and her secretive teen niece is an uninvited summer houseguest. Gregory's storytelling lacks nuance compare sugar-sweet Mia to Travis's ex-wife, who ignored her son and made him get rid of his pet hamster. The niece's overdramatic story line reads like a cautionary article from Seventeen and exemplifies the book's inauthenticity.