Annie Sharpe needs a fresh start. Her kids are grown up, the restaurant she owns with her husband Max runs quite well without her, and she just caught that same husband in an embarrassing affair. Fed up with her sham of a marriage and looking for an escape, Annie answers an ad to be a winter caretaker of an elderly woman’s historic home in the seaside town of Willow Bay. When she arrives, she immediately falls in love with the house, the town, and all of its warm and quirky residents. Annie can really see making a new life for herself in Willow Bay, unless her soon to be ex husband spoils her plans, or the homeowner’s nephew sells the valuable property to a developer.
I loved everything about this book – from sweet and often hilarious townspeople (the ladies in the bawdy Victorian Book club come to mind), to the cozy descriptions of the house and the town, and finally the scrumptious details of all the delicious things Annie cooks and bakes in the small cafe she opens. I found myself really rooting for Annie to find the strength to kick her ex husband to the curb once and for all and find love and happiness again. If you’re looking for a funny, cozy, and warm-hearted read with just the right amount of romantic sizzle, this book is for you.