Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Cottage on the Corner by Shirlee McCoy

Charlotte is starting over.  She's going to open her own bakery just as soon as she has enough money to do it.  That's enough to keep her busy and give her something to plan on and build up.  She never expected the town deputy would enter her life.

Zebra Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

Charlotte lost her husband and found out he'd had another family altogether, which devastated her.  The new bakery will fill that need.  After all, Max won't let anyone get close after his problems with his ex.  Max was doing fine on his own and didn't have plans to change that until he suddenly finds the ex back in his life long enough to leave him a three year old girl who she claims is his daughter.  She takes off, he has a child he's never seen before, and he has no clue how to dress her or what to do with her and he's not sure she's his. If Charlotte wasn't already sweet on him, she would have been after she saw this precious little girl, Zuzu.

With other town members helping, Max and Charlotte start spending some time together with the child.  Sparks start flying and suddenly it's no chore to help Max and Zuzu, it's love.  

This is a sweet romance set in a small town and was a fun read.  Zuzu is typical little girl.  Charlotte can handle her and Max is learning.  He's also learning to love again.  Happy endings make me smile.

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