Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison isn’t one of them. When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map–and hopefully finally repay the financial debt Hannah’s mother caused the town. But at first no one supports her efforts–not even her best friend, Luke.
Luke Johnson may have grown up in Heritage, but as a foster kid he never truly felt as if he belonged. Now he has a chance to score a job as assistant fire chief and earn his place in the town. But when the interview process and Hannah’s restoration project start unearthing things from his past, Luke must decide if belonging is worth the pain of being honest about who he is–and who he was.
Small-town realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents–unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them. When a developer sets his sights on the historic homes in Heritage, Hannah turns to her best friend Luke for help. Will Luke risk his future and confront his past to help her succeed?
A copy of this book was received for review via Fleming H. Revell Company. In no way has this influenced the review. The opinions expressed in this review are of the reviewer only.
In her first novel, Tari Faris has created characters that are believable, a plot that is engaging and a romance that is worth the read. One of my favorite things about it is the setting of Heritage with it’s small town vibe and location by the water. There are many historic homes and Hannah is trying to save them while most are willing to watch them be torn down. It was fascinating how the author wove the theme of letting go of the old to make way for the new both emotionally and physically. It is a romance, but it also deals with belonging, finding your own path and not being held back by your past or your heritage. Not only are the main characters developing but there were quite a few secondary characters intertwined in the story. With that being said, I am interested in who the next book’s story will follow. Those who like to read Becky Wade, Denise Hunter and Melissa Tagg, will find this book to be a great choice. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series.