High-powered Boston attorney Emma Madison is celebrating her latest courtroom victory when she gets a call from a number she doesn’t recognize. Area code 803 home. Juneberry, South Carolina eight hundred miles, twelve years, and a lifetime away from Boston. Emma’s father has had a serious heart attack. Emma rushes to his bedside, and a weekend trip threatens to become an extended stay. She has to work fast to arrange the affairs of his small-town law practice so she can return to her life and career in Boston.And then Michael Evans shows up. They’d shared hopes, dreams, and a passionate love as young college students during a long-ago summer. But Emma walked away from Michael and from Juneberry to finish college and start a new life. Michael has never forgotten her.Enveloped in the warmth of family and small-town life and discovering that she still cares for Michael Emma knows she’ll have to make a choice between the career she’s worked so hard to build and the love she left behind.
My Two cents worth:
Determined and sophisticated Emma Madison worked hard for her status as a top Boston lawyer. Wealthy, respected, in control of her own life, she forged ahead keeping pace with the rat-race of successful city-life until a call from her past pulls her back to the little town of Juneberry, South Carolina. Home is as far away from Boston’s energy as grits are from organic Vermont veal – two totally different worlds.
The call about her father’s sudden heart attack shocks Emma’s memories and emotions to a time and a place when she knew love. She’d allowed her family, friends, and high school sweetheart drift into her past without so much as a good-bye. Back home, she’s confronted with all the things her city life leaves out….life: cozy meals by the fire, a friendly chat over morning coffee and muffins, lazy days for fishing, and especially….Michael Evans.
Her brief visit to Juneberry forces her to realize the important things in life. Is she willing to leave the renewed bonds behind to return to the cold, lonely life of ‘worldly’ success or will she realize all of her dreams are still waiting for her where they’ve always been. Home.
This was a sweet book. Chris Coppernoll brings spiritual depth to this story through the lives of Noah and Emma’s two best friends, Samantha & Christina. I really enjoyed reading Samantha and Jim’s scenes. It is definitely a hometown romance, warm, welcoming, with a slow and easy pace. Nothing to fast, exciting, or overwhelming in this book, except maybe one ‘near death’ experience. It’s a pleasant read with a satisfying ending.