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This was such an amazing story! This book taught me so much about healing, letting go, and living life for yourself and not for others. It had such a beautiful message to share with readers, and I can't wait for you to read it too. Tracy Ewens has apparently been writing books for a while, and I feel like hitting myself for not finding her sooner. Her writing style flows nicely, her characters have a lot of depth, and she gives background without interrupting the story. It's easy to follow along, meet many new characters and remember each one, and by the end of the book, you want to laugh, cry, and jump in the car to drive to Bodega Bay. Which in my case is a real struggle, because I could actually drive there. It's really not that far.
Millie Hart is an author, famous for her romance novels, and she needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. She decides to take a four-month writing trip to Bodega Bay, not far from her home in San Francisco, to focus on her new book, a more "serious" work that is sure to please her father, who laments her choice of career constantly. Thinking her assistant rented a quiet cottage by the ocean, she arrives to find it not so quiet at all. Because next door is a glassworks shop, and they blast loud music all day long. Marching over there in her pajamas may not have been the best idea, but she just needs some peace and quiet to write! The last person Drake Branch expects to see in his shop is the renter next door. Six years ago, he was in a motorcycle accident and lost his left arm below the elbow, and his resulting PTSD has made life a bit difficult. Hence the music - it drowns out the sound of grinding metal from the other shop next door. He doesn't want to deal with the tourist who claims to have serious work to do, but the more he gets to know her, the more he finds her charming...and tempting. Love may not have been in the cards for either of them, but it may be exactly what they both need.
I loved Millie and Drake so much! Drake was a bit irritating at first, being quite rude to Millie and not wanting to give her a chance. He just wanted to be left alone. But Millie's kindness, charm, and general good-naturedness eventually rubbed off on him. She was determined to get on his good side, and she knew he had one...somewhere. She had a hard time staying mad at him about the loud music, and once she understood the reason behind it, she was determined to make it work for both of them. Millie had a lot of troubles on her own, particularly with her father and his constant demands of her to meet his exacting standards. He never liked that she wrote romance novels, no matter how successful she was, but with her mother gone, she wanted to maintain a relationship with him. It was hard watching her struggle with living up to his expectations, and I loved how supportive Drake was for her when things weren't going well. And when Drake's struggles came to the forefront, Millie was there for him too. They were each other's support systems - they made each other stronger. It was such a wonderful thing to read about.
Now I need to go get all of the other "A Love Story" books. There are so many, people. You're set for a while.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**