The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over-and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love...
Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help her-and this recession-hit town-finally turn things around. But the mysterious new sheriff is the kind of lawbreaking temptation that's an even bigger challenge to resist...
Detective Rhys Shepard is only back in Nugget long enough to care for his ailing father. He's got a big-city promotion far away from this place that never accepted him. He does not need a sudden crime wave to solve. Or one leggy case of heartbreak stirring up all kinds of trouble and challenging his rules. Which might explain why he's suddenly finding it hard to leave..
The small town, Nugget, population 6000, is really what all small towns are imagined to be: little run down, needed an upgrade but fighting against the change, improvements, and diversity. It has some happy memories, lifelong friendships, gossip, newcomers, old timers, and a bit of crime.
The two newest members of town, police chief Rhys, and hotel owner Maddy, both are at the crossroads of their lives, not happy about the change they are facing.
The story moves slowly through the town, introducing its characters, with lots of history lessons embedded in the tale.
The romance between Maddy and Rhys is delicate, with all the adjustments in their new lives, relationship takes time to build, and feelings time to grow and to be trusted.
The story pulls you into the small town living, in its people, chatter, and events, opening a door to the new series, while sharing the story of the beginning of Maddy and Rhys's romance ~ three big spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Stacy Finz was an award-winning reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me