Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released on April 6, 2021
A woman that has lost everything(of a lot of pretty much nothing)and a man that has never had much to lose find each other. Simplistic I know, but I would categorize this as enemies to lovers so the premise isn’t overly simple. Different as night and day, the two end up being exactly what each other needs making for a delightful read.
Maybell works as an event coordinator for a lodge waterpark in the Smokey Mountains but is still treated as the former maid she had always been for a decade. Promoted in name only, she yearns for something else. Anything else. When she learns that her beloved great aunt has died and she has inherited a huge house on acres and acres of land, she walks out of work and immediately goes to the land. There she finds the house she loved as a child is now a wreck and the interior is even worse due to her aunt’s hording in her later years. She also finds Wesley, the groundskeeper whom her aunt has given an equal share of the inheritance. Neither were told of this beforehand and the news is scary to Maybell and has equally upset Wesley. There’s no money to speak of, but the two have big plans of what to do with the house. Two very different dreams with nary a compromise to be had. The question here was, will they learn to work together and agree on what to do? Or better still, will Wesley even talk to her at all?
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these two main characters. Maybell finally has the chance to fulfill a dream and make something of herself. She also gets lost in a rich fantasy world in her mind whenever something bothers her. Wesley has a problem with major social anxiety. Instead of dealing with Maybell, he seeks to be rid of her and tries to ignore her. Of course Maybell is having none of that and pretty much drives him crazy talking to him constantly as they start clearing out the house. The thing is that Wesley is the most handsome man she has ever seen in her life. She is smitten, but realizes that Wesley wants nothing to do with her. However, having said that, you start to realize that her aunt left the house to both of them for a bigger reason-matchmaking?-at least I thought so.
Set in Tennessee and Loch Ness, Scotland, this book was kept interesting with long treasure hunts left behind by her aunt and uncle, arguments about what to do with the house and finally the slow burn romance. There’s a few other characters but not many. One, a woman she worked with at the lodge, I would consider the villain of the book and that’s a whole other story. I have a feeling that Wesley is going to end up being on a lot of book boyfriend lists. He is just the best when he is able to be himself. His extreme social anxiety was heartbreaking at times though.
So yes, this was a delightful read and I do recommend it to adult romance readers. My thanks to Net Galley for the copy of the book in return for an honest review.