Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.
As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt.” Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.
I love this book. I had fallen in love with the McKinley family in Barefoot Summer so I was excited to read Jade’s story. I felt for Daniel in the book with him being in love with Jade but not wanting to ruin their friendship and thinking he couldn’t have her. I also liked that the book had the element of Jade’s pregnancy in it which was different from most of the books I’ve read in this genre. The characters are relatable; both major and minor characters. They made me laugh and I felt like I knew them.
However, I did have some questions about certain things in the story that I thought were going to be answered but they weren’t.
This book would be good for romance readers and for those who liked the first book of the series. You don’t have to read the first book to understand this one but I would recommend that book as well.