Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina UK
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
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Blurb: Maple sugar kisses…
Lucy would do anything for her mom…but she never expected to end up promising to leave her. After her mom got sick, Lucy dropped everything to take care of her, working all hours in a greasy diner just to make ends meet and spending every spare moments she had by her mom’s hospital bedside.
Now, Lucy is faced with a whole year of living by her own rules, starting by taking the first bus out of town to anywhere…
Except she didn’t expect to find her next big adventure just around the corner! Especially when on her first day in town she bumps into grumpy, but oh-so-delicious Clay amidst the maple trees. Surrounded by the magic of Ashford, Lucy has the chance to change her life forever and finally discover a life she wants to live!
Fall in love with Ashford, Connecticut in this dazzling and beautiful romance from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin.
Review: I fell in love with the comfort and coziness of this book much like my Aunt Dimity‘s and the wonderful world of Sarah Addison Allen‘s books. They are just enveloping, with sweet thoughts and snug embraces…soft and warm, happy and bright. Though don’t think the subject matter is all happy happy, joy joy because it’s pretty drear. Lucy’s mother has ALS and is very ill and she’s been taking care of her for a long time. They’ve lived on whatever money she can make from her ill-paying jobs, along with the tips from her waitressing. But Lucy’s mother–ever a wanderer–pushed her out of the nest very abruptly. She wanted Lucy to have a life outside of taking care of her, and she knew the only way Lucy would leave was if she made her.
So Lucy gets on a bus and leaves Detroit, but with her money the farthest she can go is Ashford, Connecticut. On the bus ride, she becomes friends with a wonderful woman from Ashford named CeCe, who gives her a chocolate gingerbread man and tells her that people never want to leave there. Lucy slowly learns why in this gentle story.
As Lucy settles in and finds a job to earn money so that she can travel to Paris and attend a famous art school, she becomes more and more enmeshed in the town’s atmosphere and serenity–absorbing into herself the much-needed peace and quiet. CeCe and friends make life fun and exciting, and she feels like she’s part of a big family–something she’s never had before. She’s really going to hate leaving.
The one jarring note about Ashford is her boss. She’s a farm hand to one very surly maple tree syrup farm owner, who’s determined to prove to her and himself that he can do it in his own. In the past, Clay has lost everything because of love and he’s determined not to ever do it again–until Lucy walks into his life. There’s just something about her…
Will these two let nature take its course out among the maple trees, or will they let their pasts ruin the day, this time for good?
Everyone’s stories are so well-developed–and they are people with presence, who resonate in the plot line with meaning and life of their own–that I didn’t feel like I was missing anything! Until I searched out the date for this book’s publication… and found that there were many previous novels detailing the lives and relationships of the place. What a surprise and something to look forward to–I get to read more about the place! Great read. Thanks!