Sweet Home, Alaska: Book 1
From the publisher:
A woman struggling to raise her daughter alone in a small Alaskan town finds her simple existence upended when the father of her child returns. . . .
Sweet Home, Alaska, was once a thriving, idyllic town, where A Stone’s Throw Hardware and Haberdashery and the Sisterhood of the Quilt were the cornerstones of the community. Then, in one fatal moment, two young lives were cut short, and everything changed. Now the Stone family businesses have closed, the diner is in the red, and the population has dwindled to 573.
After the tragic accident that took her sister’s life, Hope McKnight discovered she was pregnant, and gave up her dreams of college to raise her daughter. When Donovan Stone returns to sell his family’s properties and to cut final ties with Sweet Home, he’s shocked to find Hope still there–and a single mother. The pull between Hope and Donovan is as powerful as ever. But so are the secrets and lies stemming from that long-ago tragedy. Will they be able to overcome the past, or will the heartbreak of bygone days destroy their love again?
Patience Griffin is a new-to-me author but I am obsessed with books set in Alaska, so this one made it to be to-be-read pile. Unfortunately, it got lost there for a little while, and then I read it and it got lost in my to-be-reviewed pile, but I finally made it!
Hope and Donovan have some shared history that is tough to overcome. His brother and her sister were in a fatal accident. He blames Hope, and they drift apart for good after he moves away. This is set in a small town in Alaska, with all the nosiness of the residents and the severe economic downturn that has hit many small towns. But when Donovan returns, he realizes his feelings for Hope never really went away, despite his anger.
This is a warm, wonderful romance and there isn’t any sex to speak of, so for those of you who prefer that, here’s your book. I loved the setting and these characters, and I’m happy to report that book 2, Once Upon a Cabin, comes out in November. I will try and be more prompt about reading and reviewing.
5/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
ONE SNOWY NIGHT by Patience Griffin. Berkley (February 23, 2021). ISBN: 978-0593101476. 336 pages.