Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Synopsis: Lucy Brewer would never have guessed that her best friend, Duffy McCready (of McCready’s Bait Shop & Funeral Home) has been in love with her since they were kids. Fear of rejection and his own romantic complications prevented Duffy from confessing his true feelings in high school, so he stood by and watched her wed Wayne Bowman right after high school. Wayne had always been a cheapskate, so it comes as no surprise when he suffers a fatal accident while fixing his own truck.
Even as her family and friends invade Lucy’s life and insist that the new widow is too fragile to do much beyond weeping, Lucy is ashamed to admit that life without Wayne is easier, less complicated. After all, no one knew what a relentless, soul-grinding trudge marriage to Wayne had been. Only Duffy can tell she’s hiding something.
In need of a fresh start, Lucy asks Duffy to put his cabinet-building skills to use, transforming the town’s meat shop into a bake shop. As the bakery takes shape, Lucy and Duffy discover the spark that pulled them together so many years ago. Could this finally be the second chance he’s always hoped for?
Review: I think what I love about this series is that the characters have so much depth. I love that we really get to know them, and see how who they are really dictates the situations they find themselves in.
Okay, so I have been waiting for Duffy’s story since his crazy relationship with his ex was mentioned in the first book (Sweet Tea and Sympathy), and I was not disappointed. Even with his mistakes, I just can’t help rooting for him! Duffy and Lucy just seem to belong together, and their story was so enthralling. Duffy’s CRAZY ex, Lana, is a real piece of work. Lucy handles her really well, considering. She also handles her mother-in-law fairly well, and THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING. I just really appreciate how undramatic Lucy is. Her and her son deserve a happy ending, that’s for sure.
And as always, the wacky and wonderful McCready’s are just so much fun. I honestly love this family, and really enjoy when each of their very unique personalities pop into the story and kind of take over. I recommend binging this whole series!
Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!
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