After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled
even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.
Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC
In My Own Words:
The ultimate betrayal would be being betrayed by your parents, and Parker Welles learns this first hand when her father is caught, tried and convicted of insider trading. In order to pay the money back that he owes, he had to liquidate everything, including Parker's trust fund, her son's trust fund and selling all of their possessions. The only thing left to her name is a shack that was left to her by an old aunt. Shack might be a little bit to generous of a term.
James Cahill is Parker's father's personal attorney, and as far as Parker is concerned, he is the devil himself. Knowing that James helped her father leave her and her son with nothing, he isn't earning many points for himself by asking if he can help fix up the shack to sell.
So many ups and downs Parker and James go through in the weeks it takes to rebuild the house. Getting to know each other and become friendly, staying friendly might take a little more work. When secrets start to unravel and crazy family starts popping up, they are lucky to keep their sanity much less a friendship or anything else.
"Do you know I've gained eleven pounds since last year? You hit thirty-five and bam, all those things you ate in your twenties launch themselves on to your ass."
From the beginning till the end, I had a hard time putting this book down. There isn't really any huge plot you have to figure out. No bad guys hiding behind any bushes (unless you count crazy family members). But this was an enjoyable read. I loved that even though everything was taken from her Parker didn't just say "oh me, what to do now?" She pushed up her sleeves and got to work. James had an uphill battle from the start, but was persistent and genuine. I LOVED how she called him Thing-One. I got a giggle each time I read that. The complex but easy friendship that Parker has with her son's husband was refreshing and real. Such a great comfort read.