After having her self-esteem and self-worth crushed by her former boyfriend, Livy Johnson vows to begin the healing process and find herself again. To start the process, she buys her Gram's former house with the intent of restoring this cherished home filled with happy memories from her childhood including memories spent one summer playing with her childhood friend, JB- a.k.a. Jack Bowdon. After running into each other at Jack's aunt's inn where Livy is staying, the two not only get re-acquaint, but find their friendship is very quickly turning into a very grown-up romance. As the two pursue the "adventure" of new love, hurt and insecurities from relationships past threaten to crush their budding romance, but instead become a strong binding force making their love and commitment to each other even stronger.
This was a book that I could not put down! Livy and Jack's progression from friendship to a dating relationship happened very early on, and it was apparent from the beginning that they were very well suited for each other. They are smitten with each other and were adorable together! And as far as their physical chemistry goes- as we say here in the South- Lawdy mercy! Steamy, but with no sex or crossing lines (even though they were tempted, they remained pure)! ;) I enjoyed watching Livy's character progress as she becomes more self-assured and Jack's role in helping her see how beautiful she was both inside and out. So sweet! Unlike most romance stories where there is some type of major tension threatening to tear apart the couple, I appreciated that Tysinger used the trials Livy and Jack faced to actually strengthen their relationship with each other. Lastly, Tysinger's conclusion of the plot with Livy and Claire was a refreshing change of pace and a superb example of extending another grace and forgiveness. Well done to Teresa Tysinger on her debut novel! Can't wait to read more!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the author or publisher in any way.
Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She also offers graphic design and marketing services to other authors through her freelance business, Good Day Publishing. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings. To learn more, visit her website at https://teresatysinger.com/.