Gemma Whitehall helps people tie the knot as the local registrar, but watching loved-up couples exchange their vows serves only to highlight what’s missing from her own life. Gemma can’t ignore the fact that life – and love – are slipping through her fingers.
Sam Ranworth has spent the best part of a decade building walls around himself after tragedy struck. The last thing he wants is to get tangled up in Gemma’s messy life.
When Gemma rents the ramshackle cottage on Sam’s neglected country estate, neither of them can ignore the spark of attraction. Can they leave the past where it belongs and take a chance on happiness?
Source: NetGalley and One More Chapter Rating: 4/5 stars
The Bottom Line: I’m starting to feel like I may be reading books all wrong ☹ Yet again, I find myself quite enjoying a book that doesn’t seem to be fairing so well on Goodreads. Outside of one wonky plot twist, I found this book to be a fun little read. Gemma is a perfectly delightful if harried human trying to do the best for herself and her son. Sam is a former cop looking for a second chance in life. When Gemma, her son, Sam, and his aging father all come together on the grounds of Sam’s recently purchased estate, things get awfully interesting. Sam and Gemma find a new relationship and Gemma’s son and Sam’s father make the most unlikely but completely endearing partnership. There’s nothing new or groundbreaking here, but the story is solid, and the characters are interesting. I wouldn’t move this one to the top of your TBR, but I wouldn’t leave it at the bottom either. It’s worth a try and can easily be read in a sitting or two.