She never wanted to come back. He never wants to leave. The town of Maple Falls has plans for them both.
Riley McAllister is living the dream in New York City . . . if the dream means being a struggling mixed-media artist, part-time food delivery driver, and having a carefully curated social media to hide all of the above. She refuses to admit defeat and move back to small-town Maple Falls, but when her grandmother breaks her leg sliding into third base during a softball game (she was safe, by the way), Riley reluctantly agrees to go home and help the woman who raised her—while secretly hoping she can convince Mimi to sell her house and yarn shop and move in with a good friend. Then Riley can return to her new life in NYC, on her own and for good.
But Mimi has her own plans, which include setting Riley up with local baseball star Hayden Price, who returned to Maple Falls after an injury ended his major league career. Now he works at his father’s hardware store, coaches the church softball team, and worries about the declining town. It’s not the life he dreamed of having.
With a little meddling and a lot of kindness from the town, Hayden and Riley find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other as they discover the true meaning of home.
Welcome to Maple Falls, where everyone knows your name and your business.
This is a cute story with a lot of depth.
Riley has a lot of baggage that she has never really dealt with and when everything unravels for her she doesn’t know how to deal with it.
Hayden is a wonderful hero, patient and kind, just what Riley needs, but doesn’t want.
I will say it wasn’t until the last 25% of this book that I was really “hooked”. But it really was a good read with a cast full of wonderful characters I hope I will get to see more of in the future.
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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.