- Expected Jun 16, 2020
Can you ever really forget your first love?
On her family’s flower farm in Northern California, May Anderson finds sweet solace from thoughts of what—or who—might have been by lovingly keeping bees and crafting candy and soaps from their syrupy honey to sell in her store in Hillsboro town center. The work keeps May grounded and caring for the hives is her favorite escape.
But now the one who got away is back in town. It’s been eight long years since May’s high school sweetheart Tom Riley drove down Main Street in his truck, leaving Hillsboro—and May—in his rearview mirror. Now he’s back and, try as they might, the pair can’t avoid each other.
As Hillsboro prepares to host the prestigious North West Food and Wine Festival, Tom and May are reluctantly called in to plan the big event. Tom needs May’s help to repair his bad-boy reputation and, with the whole town counting on them, May and Tom need to learn to trust each other again.
May is determined to protect her heart, but a lot has changed since high school. She can’t help but notice how the skinny boy she used to know is now a man who perfectly fills out his button-down, and Tom can’t seem to tear his gaze away from May’s sweet smile. It’s clear old feelings are surfacing again, but there is a secret keeping them apart and, until they find the courage to face it, their second chance summer will be only that…
A heartwarming story about first love, family and the importance of second chances. Fans of Jenny Hale, Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr will adore Sweet Pea Summer.
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