|Pub Date: 10-19-21|
Adult - Contemporary
April Parker is a single mother who has called Willow Creek home for the past twelve years. Despite living here for so long, April has never felt like she truly belonged in such a tight-knit small-town community. April has never been the type to let people into her life and prefers to do things on her terms. Now that her daughter is leaving for college, April is determined to move away and has enlisted the help of her friend Mitch with some home improvement projects to get the house ready to sell.
I hyped this book up so much in my head. Before I even cracked it open, I had it in mind that it was going to be my favorite of the series. Was it good? Yes. Did it live up to my expectations? Not exactly. I liked the premise and am never one to turn down a fake dating trope, but something was missing. I think that came down to the characters. We've gotten snippets of April and Mitch in the previous books, and they seemed interesting enough (especially Mitch with how loud and confident he is), but I don't think they worked as main characters for me. April was very guarded to the point where she came across as cold, and I kept waiting for the moment where Mitch would make me swoon. It wasn't until about halfway through before I finally found myself clicking with them, and then I did enjoy their character growth. Their relationship did feel like the most mature and natural of the books so far, which I also appreciated. While I may not have loved this as much as I'd hoped, this is still one of my favorite series, and I'm excited to see where it goes.