I loved this book. The main character Grier has a successful business in New York as a person that helps people with their images and their style. She is given a wonderful opportunity to be part of a contest that will provide a Duke with a date from her hometown. Grier never expected to go back to her hometown. It was part of her past that she had no desire to revisit.
When she goes to her hometown she discovers that people and times have moved on. Things have changed and people have changed. Grier fights to hold on to the anger and pain of the past even though she sees things have changed with her mother especially.
This book makes you think about the relationships that are in the past and how willing you are to realize time makes a difference.
The characters are very personable and you really get to know them. Ms. Cooper brings this small town to life with rich characters and deep emotion. It is a great read. I struggled along with Grier as she made good and bad decisions, even when she had to face the results of those decisions.
There was romance that was sweet and Bobby Jack was such a good guy. He was thoughtful and considerate and a true hero. I rooted for them to find a way to be together. There were sad parts of the book that actually made me cry. I wanted Grier to find happiness and peace with her past. I wanted her to be happy.
The book is worth the read. It is very well written and I am so glad that I read it.