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Once again Roxanne Snopek has written an engaging, uplifting romance that is perfect for a lazy afternoon when you just want to unwind with a warm cup of tea and a book in hand. What I loved most about this book was that it tackled such a heavy topic - developmental disabilities - and didn't sugarcoat the reality of it. We saw both angles, that of the family member and that of an outsider with zero experience joining that family. While her first book in this series remains my favorite, I think this one gets so deep and made me want to be a better person.
Deirdre Cash is trudging back to her hometown of Marietta, Montana in shame. Having run off to New York City to become a high fashion model, blowing off the local modeling agency and her family, she is forced to admit that she failed. Desperate for a job while she wallows in misery, she happens upon a god among men, Isaac Litton, and his noticeably disabled brother, Mark. Her sister prods her into becoming Mark's caregiver while Isaac tries to run his business, but DeeDee isn't sure she is the right person for the job. Isaac doesn't think so either. Mark is smitten though, and DeeDee can't help but fall in love with them both. But when her agent calls with a new modeling opportunity, DeeDee must decide if her true calling is in Marietta or NYC.
It took a while for me to get on board with DeeDee as the heroine of this romantic comedy. She initially comes across as vain, spoiled, and selfish, all of which she most certainly was at some point in the recent past. And when she makes a joke about Mark at first glance, I was ready to throw my Kindle across the room. Only my love for Snopek's writing kept me going. I'm glad I did, because DeeDee underwent a massive transformation, and I loved every second of it. It was amazing to see her interact with Mark and truly believe in him. While Isaac was lovely and fun, this story was more about Mark and DeeDee. When she stands up for him against the town gossip, loudly and with gusto, I was literally cheering. It was truly inspiring.
I am eager to read more about this lovely town and its people. Hopefully Roxanne will be writing another in the series, but if not, I won't hesitate to read the next few books. Especially whenever Portia's story is written. Can't wait!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**