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International Bestselling Author Ava Miles presents a sweet and emotional friends-to-lovers story about the power of new beginnings between two people who never imagined finding love again.
The last thing international photojournalist Lucy O’Brien expected when she returned to her hometown was for her mother to ask her to shoot photos for a ‘Calendar Girls’-like calendar….
Of course, it’s all for a good cause—raising money for breast cancer. Lucy agrees to help—ribald photos and all. It’s not like she’s told anyone her secret reason for coming home: that a recent trauma overseas threatens her livelihood. But her longtime BFF, Dr. Andy Hale, isn’t letting her keep secrets from him. He understands heartache. After losing the love of a lifetime, he’s now a widower raising a young son.
Everyone in town is wondering if the boy-next door and the zany traveler will finally move from friends to lovers. At first, the sparks of attraction fly amidst their easygoing banter over ice cream cones. But there are deeper feelings at work here, and both must uncover the seeds of their new beginnings together, realizing there’s nothing more powerful than love and friendship to pave the way.
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Another amazing story by Ava Miles. I was captivated from the start and did not want to put it down. This book makes you feel like you are really there. An excellent read!
Great book- Realistic and heartfelt
This the 9th book in the Dare Valley series. It can be read alone or as part of the series.
Ava Miles has done it again. I love all of the Dare Valley and Dare River books.
This story tells us about Lucy O’Brien, a famous photojournalist and Dr. Andy Hale. They have been best friends since little kids and have sort of have feelings for each other but never acted on them. Their mothers keep hoping they become more than friends and help try to push them together. Lucy and Andy are both dealing with their own issues and challenges, Lucy recovering from injuries as a photojournalist who covers war stories overseas may not be able to go back and take the award winning pictures she is known for; and Andy the loss of his wife to cancer and raising their son while doubting his abilities as a doctor. Will these two be able to make things work in their work lives and together? While facing those challenges their mothers who are also best friends come up with a crazy idea to make a “Calendar of New Beginnings”- a calendar of men and women mostly nude to donate money to breast cancer.
Ava Miles always makes you feel as if you are with and/or are one of the characters. You know in your heart how the book ends, but it is always the twists and turns as you go that make the story so worth reading. I have loved all these stories and have yet to be disappointed. It is so easy to connect with the characters and everything is real life related and seems to just hit home.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own.
Andy and Lucy’s story is an emotional, romantic and heartwarming read
Andy and Lucy have been best friends since they were children. That’s not to say that they never felt more than just friendship, they just never revealed that to anyone, not even each other. Their careers forced them apart physically, but they never lost that friendship, even when Andy fell in love, got married and had a son. Unfortunately, Andy lost Kim to cancer a few short years later. He’s had to struggle to try to move on from her, but is in a much better place. Lucy spends most of her time traveling from one country to another as a photojournalist. Taking pictures that tell a story is who she is, not just a job. When an after an attack injures her eyes that affects the way she sees and can take photographs, she returns home to heal and and to try to figure out where she goes from there. Andy and Lucy’s friendship picks up as if they hadn’t been apart so long, but neither of them expected that seeing each other again would bring back those feelings from long ago. They both struggle with the attraction, but the love behind it makes it easier for them to give in. Lucy is afraid that Andy won’t be able to handle it if and when she decides to go back out into the field, and struggles with making long term plans, while Andy can already see the rest of their lives together. He just has to make her believe in them and he does a beautiful job of showing her. Another great book in the Dare Valley series, Andy and Lucy’s story is an emotional, romantic and heartwarming read.
I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.