“ Life has finally gotten sweet for candy store owner Charlotte Caine. She's lost a bunch of weight and has turned over a new leaf in life and is ready to start living. When her teenage crush, Spencer Gregory, returns home under a cloud of scandal, Charlotte is determined not to fall for any of his charming ways.
Spencer has lost a great deal over the last few years. After admitting to a problem with prescription drugs followed by a stint in rehab, he was arrested under serious drug charges only to get off on a technicality. Then his wife died and people suspected that he had something to do with it. His career was over and his reputation in shreds, he was shocked to get a call from our favorite grouch otherwise known as the Angel of Hope, offering him a job running the new rec center in Hope's Crossing.
Buoyed by the opportunity, Spencer comes home to Hope's Crossing with his twelve year old daughter Peyton. Spencer had a tough childhood with an alcholic mother so he isn't overly optimistic about what the next six months will hold. To his surprise, Hope's Crossing has changed alot including Charlotte Caine.
Both Charlotte and Spencer have full plates. Charlotte has her business, her new heathly lifestyle and her brother who was seriously wounded in Afganistan. Spencer has his new job and his daughter, who he just can't connect with. But they come together over an idea start a program helping wounded veterans and their families.
Right off the bat I'm going to say that Willowleaf Lane is just as enjoyable as earlier books in the Hope's Crossing series. I'm a big fan and was not disappointed by RaeAnne Thayne's latest effort.
The character of Charlotte really hit home with me. As someone who has struggled with my weight for what feels like all of me life, I saw so much of myself in her. Sometimes when authors have characters with weight issues, they're not very sensitive or thoughtful. Ms. Thayne was wonderful about that, so much so that I want to track her down and give her a big hug and a thank you. (In a non-stalker way, I assure you.)
I liked the ending very much and can't wait for my next trip to Hope's Crossing.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Meghan R wrote this review Monday, May 27, 2013.