She has a million reasons to leave.
Can he give her the one she needs to stay?
Cat McGuire's return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Sure, she missed the crisp pine-scented air and the comfort of having her family around her. But being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is--and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn't help that hockey-pro Luc Simard is back in town, too. Luc was her childhood crush, the hometown hero who never noticed her, and yet somehow he still makes her heart skip a beat.
Luc's homecoming has been bittersweet. He's lost his wife and his career, but there's no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids' hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete--until Cat arrives. The shy girl he always wanted to protect is now the gorgeous woman who's stealing his heart and making him believe in second chances. But how can he convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?
In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional story about finding love in the most unexpected of places from Jen Gilroy.
Luc and Cat were friends, sort of, in high school. And, now they are both back in Firefly lake for reasons that are not really of their own choosing. Luc is back home due to the loss of his wife and his career and Cat is back for the closeness of family after some setbacks and to hopefully help her daughter, Amy, who is struggling in school.
I liked Cat and Luc and I thought their friendship was solid. But I struggled a little with the relationship. I believed it, but Luc seemed not to have dealt with his past and the result of that made it harder for me to believe in their connection. In this case, I thought the pacing of the reveal, of the author letting Cat and the reader know exactly what happened to his wife, was too drawn out. I wanted them to have a little more time to deal with the relationship they were starting instead of the focus on the past he had not really let go of completely.
There was a twist at the end that I totally saw coming, and I think that also colored this title for me a little, as I was essentially waiting for this twist to happen for most of the book.
I did enjoy the book, and I do recommend it. There are some holiday themes in it as well that make it a fun read for this time of year.
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