Monday, August 28, 2017

Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

Julia is the local librarian.  She's living in the family home now.  Both her parents are dead.  Her life is steady, quiet and almost boring.  She decides she should change that.  But she never envisioned a renter that would shake up her life and two boys who would change her life...

HQN and Edelweiss let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).   It will be published September 26th.

When her friend suggests she rent out the upstairs apartment, she thinks that would be a good idea.  She could use the money to pay off her new furnace.  What she doesn't expect to get is a man who is waiting for his new condo to be finished.  He's just a temporary renter.  But Jamie has a big reputation of being a ladies man who likes to love 'em and leave 'em.  Just what she doesn't need.

Then she notices two boys who spend their time at the library until closing.  They walk home, they keep to themselves and they don't appear to be eating well.  She gives them a ride home and then finds they are living alone.  Their mother has PTSD and she went for a doctor's appointment and never came back.  Julia calls Child Protective Services and the boys are collected.  She requests they stay together wherever they are sent.  When she finds out they are going to separated, she says she will take them temporarily.  Now she has three men in her life to worry about.

She and Jamie each have their own sad histories and the boys have their own.  It's a good thing she has a big house.  Jamie ends up helping her with the boys because he came from a big family.  Before long, she's fallen in love with them all.  But she can't keep the boys, an aunt and uncle come to claim them.  Can she keep Jamie or not?

This has a sweet ending and it's nice to see happier times in life coming for all.  It's a very pleasant romance read.

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