Charlotte Garrison has moved to Apple Valley, Washington, to open a bakery and live a quiet, solitary life. She moved there after her husband dies and she is devastated. Not because her husband died but because of her husband’s betrayal. He had a whole different life, complete with a wife and children, that Charlotte knew nothing about. She moves with the hopes of putting her past behind her and living her life alone, so that no one else can hurt her. She has friends and neighbors that she is close with, but she will not allow any man to get close to her again.
Max Stanford is a town deputy who is a love-them-and leave-them type of guy. He has no intention of ever settling down. But when three year old Zuzu, his ex-girlfriend’s child, lands on his doorstep, he realizes he may have to rethink his philosophy on love and romance. His ex claims that Zuzu is his child, and although Max doubts the truth in that statement, he finds that the little girl has wormed her way into his heart. And after Charlotte helps him with caring for Zuzu, he thinks he might like to make room for her in his heart also. But that will not be easy, because Charlotte is a dead set against commitment as he is.
The Cottage on the Corner is a book about family, friends, romance and second chances. The writing style flows smoothly and this is an easy book to read. It is a clean book but that does not mean it is not romantic. In my opinion, this type of book, where I can use my imagination, is much more romantic than those books that use sexual situations to get that point across. The small town setting and the characters made this a sweet read, but not a sappy read.
Shirlee McCoy is a very descriptive writer and while reading the story, I felt like I was right there in Apple Valley. Whether she was writing about Charlotte’s baked goods, or Zuzu’s temper tantrums or the Nativity scene in town square, I could easily picture them in my mind. In my opinion, that’s a sign of a great author.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet story of romance and family. I believe this is the second book in the Apple Valley series, and I cannot wait to read book one. I want to spend more time with the citizens of Apple Valley.
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read The Cottage On The Corner.