Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 6, 2019
Source: Free Book
I wasn’t expecting much going into a book with a new author, but what I found was a family I want to be a part of in Alaska. The Bailey’s will wrap you in craziness and leave you wanting to be one of them.
What happens when you meet your one night stand who turns out to be the temporary principal where you teach? A bumbling mess of making mistakes. Austin Bailey is a likable guy with a side of scoundrel. Set to have a baseball career, he gave it all up when his parents were killed in an accident leaving his eight siblings on their own. Moving back home, he split the duties between himself and his sister, Savannah. Savannah took over the family business, while Austin became the parent his siblings lost. Now he is set to move on with his life to become a college coach when his youngest sibling, Phoenix and Sedona, are set to graduate high school. But when the local gossip mill has a picture from the night of passion he had with a stranger in his jeep.
Holly has come to Alaska after quitting her soon to be tenure position in Florida. Lying to her mom, she heads off to find her father, taking on a temporary job to be principal when the current on takes maternity leave. When her first day in front of the school comes with the story of her one night stand, who happens to be introducing her, she throws up all her walls. Avoiding him seems to be key, but that becomes hard than it looks. Little problems crop up putting Austin in a bad light, but others put her in a bad light. All the while she is gathering her courage to confront the father she has never met.
This small Alaskan town is a place we all should visit. The Bailey’s are the founding family so everything is everyone’s business when it pertains to them. Especially after their parents are gone. Grandma Dori is a force to be reckoned and Uncle Brian helps out as well. Slowly, bit by bit we meet each family member and get an idea of their personalities. The interactions pull you in and give you a sense of awe that this family dealt with a blow that would hurt any family, but they pulled together and made the best of a bad situation. The biggest thing Austin conveys is he never gave up his dream, he chose his family over everything because that is what meant the most to him.
Holly was a woman after my heart. She never jumped to conclusions, but dealt with everything with a level head if not a broken heart. At first I thought she was cold, but through several interactions you find she is just thoughful. Her best friend back at home was a hoot when they talked or texted. While Austin lives with his emotions coming out at times as comedic like he is protecting his heart. His one goal is to be a college coach, but he also has to figure out what means most to him.
This couple aren’t old by any means, but they are the oldest of the group. Maturity help them through this situation they find themselves in while the gossip column keeps everyone in town abreast with every part of their relationship. This was an adventure in Alaska with a family who has each other’s back and love accepting new strangers into the fold. Grandma Dori has wise advice and a sharp tongue when needed and when she isn’t around, you can always get the 4-1-1 on everything from the gossip column!
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