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Review: Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Rains

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As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go…until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home?

Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife’s death. While he can’t deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won’t risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he’ll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.

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MY REVIEW

Springtime at Hope Cottage is a sweet romance that fills your heart with hope and leaves you smiling right until the very end.

Springtime at Hope Cottage follows the story of Josie and Tucker. Josie is all about business and doesn’t know how to disconnect from the world. She’s always on the go. So, when a trip to Sweetwater Springs ends up with her injuring her knee, Josie will finally be forced to take a moment and catch her breath. Being injured isn’t so bad if she gets to spend her time with Tucker, the town’s good looking physical therapist. Tucker intrigues Josie in many ways, but she’s not ready for love….or is she??? It’s been two years since Tucker’s wife passed and he’s finally starting to live again. He’s great at his job and his new home gives him what he needs; hope. So, while he can’t deny the pull he feels towards his new patient, Josie, he’s not quite ready to jump into the dating world. His heart is still battered, but Sweetwater Springs has a way of sneaking up on you and maybe just maybe it will be able to mend Tucker’s broken heart. There’s only one way to find out…

In a world of craziness, Springtime at Hope Cottage was just the story I was looking for. It was incredibly well written and captivating. The characters were real and easy to relate to. I loved seeing the friendships that Josie had and seeing that there was more to this girl than what meets the eye. I loved the slow build of the relationship between Tucker and Josie. While their chemistry was great, their hearts were guarded. I loved seeing the two of them get to know one another, build trust and explore the feelings they had for one another. Their romance was sweet and swoon-worthy.

Springtime at Hope Cottage is a terrific second chance romance. It’s light on the drama. Light on the angst. But, filled with lots of heart. The characters both have painful pasts and have to learn to move past them. In the end, this is the kind of romance that just makes you feel good and in the end, leaves you with a smile on your face. I enjoyed everything about this book from beginning to end and look forward to getting my hands on the next book in this sweet series.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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