A broken engagement only gaveMolly Montgomery additional incentive to follow her dream job from the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Keys. Now, as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services, Molly hopes the messiest thing in her life will be her sticky-note covered desk. But fate, in the form of a newborn left in the restroom, has other ideas. So does the sheriff who comes to investigate the “abandonment”. When John Hartwell folds all six-feet-three of himself into a tiny chair and insists that whoever left the baby is a criminal, Molly begs to differ and asks what he’s doing about the Island’s real crime wave (if thefts of items from homes that have been left unlocked could be called that). Not the best of starts, but the man’s arrogance is almost as distracting as his blue eyes. Almost…
John would be pretty irritated if one of his deputies had a desk as disorderly as Molly’s. Good thing she doesn’t work for him, considering how attracted he is to her. Molly’s lilting librarian voice makes even the saltiest remarks go down sweeter, which is bad as long as she’s a witness but might be good once the case is solved, provided he hasn’t gotten on her last nerve by then. Recently divorced, John has been having trouble adjusting to single life as well as single parenthood. But something in Molly’s beautiful smile gives John hope that his old life on Little Bridge might suddenly hold new promise, if only they can get over their differences.
I picked this book up not realising this was the second book in a series, however that didn’t appear to make much of a difference as it comes across as very much a standalone novel. I also had no idea this was a best-selling author who also wrote The Princess Diaries books either. The story revolves around Sheriff John Hartwell and Molly Montgomery. John Hartwell grew up in Little Bridge and has now returned with his daughter, following the break up of his marriage. Similarly Molly Montgomery moved to Little Bridge following a relationship break up and also the offer of a job at the local library. Their paths cross when Molly finds a baby left in the library restroom.
The storyline is a little predictable and doesn’t offer the reader anything new, however this is a really fun and easy read, incorporating a romance and also a mystery to solve. The romance appeared a little flat and there could have been more a little more build up and tension. Initially there is far too much quarrelling going on and very little in the way of chemistry or sexual tension backing this up.
The other characters are all lively, likeable and well developed. What I liked most was the adorable relationship John had with his teenage daughter, he would do anything for her, including performing in a show in her dance troop. Being an avid reader I loved reading about Molly’s passion for books and could relate to the fact she had them piled up up everywhere in her home.
An enjoyable read, perhaps a little lightweight in terms of what I look for in a good romance novel, but if you’re looking for a quick escape on a summer’s afternoon, this book would be perfect for you.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK
Publication Date: 11 August 2020
Rating: 3 Stars
Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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