Description In the aftermath of a devastating breakup Emmaline Bartlett flees the city leaving behind a faithless boyfriend and her half-interest in their successful restaurant. A normally determined redhead, Emma struggles to repair her self-esteem and accept the revelation that toppled it. Risking the last of her reserves to convert a trio of weathered outbuildings into a rustic Italian bistro, she soon discovers that winning over locals and building profitability is easier than denying her growing attraction to the property owner's nephew. Conner Mitchell, ruggedly handsome despite wounds more visible than Emma's, isn't living the life he expected since quitting the rodeo circuit to help run the ranch. Devoted to his aunt, he is as suspicious of Emma's motives as he is resentful of the hunger she immediately inspires.
Just as Emma gains enough confidence to share her secret, her old life comes calling with the unexpected arrival of her ex. To complicate matters, a series of baffling mishaps and anonymous complaints threaten the restaurant's reputation.
Now both Emma's new, simmering relationship and Sweet Corner's future could be in danger.
Maggie's Review: 4 Stars I've always been a sucker for books that have a protagonist that suffers from heartache and self-doubt, and an author that takes a seemingly broken person and shows how they can rebuild from that state of brokenness. This was a really enjoyable read. I loved the main characters: Emma and her "brokenness", stoic Conner, Nell the steadfast, and flirtatious yet dependable Bella. Not to mention the story had me at the edge of my seat with the building of trust, the loss of new gains, and the tension between characters. Great chemistry, a bit of mystery and intrigue, plus a dash of that needed self-doubt and heartache to make it feel authentic yet redeeming. I look forward to reading more from this author if/when they publish again!
Please Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A big thanks to the author for sharing their work!