Sweet but not Gooey, is how I titled this review on Amazon.
This is a charming story of big city gal Jemma who takes a temporary job in a small country town as a substitute teacher. She arrives woefully unprepared for the weather, the roads, and her sometimes charming/sometimes gruff neighbor, Wyatt. And his sweet daughter, Bailey Rae.
I enjoyed this sweet romance a lot! Jemma has some sass and she didn’t let being in an uncertain and unfamiliar situation get her down. Wyatt was guarding his heart, but allowed himself to be drawn to his pretty neighbor, who also happens to be his daughter’s new teacher.
I’m not usually a fan of child characters being labeled “precocious.” To me, it’s a way for the author to get away with writing a child with adult sensibilities. I cringed when Bailey was described as precocious. But, I have to say, I didn’t hold it against her. She was still enough of a child that I ended up not minding the label. Bailey worried about her dad being lonely. She had some insecurities, but also some confidence in her self.
Overall, I really liked this book and I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but it did not induce me to review the book favorably.