Review | Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Raines

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Springtime at Hope Cottage (2)“Springtime at Hope Cottage has been exactly what I didn’t know I needed.”

Published: March 5, 2019

Publisher: Forever

Pages: 399 (Mass Market Paperback with bonus content!)

Series: Sweetwater Springs #2

 

 

5 Stars

 

She’d found herself here at Hope Cottage, and she’d realized that she could have more. 

 

When opposites attract…

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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I need to give a huge thank you to my friends at Forever Publishing for sending this my way at the beginning of the year. I don’t know why I put this novel off for so long, but it was perfect and exactly what I needed! I’ve fallen in love with this series, and I can’t wait for the Fall when the next book comes out!

The fact that I loved this novel both did and didn’t surprise me. I say this because even though I gave a full five stars to it’s predecessor, Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, Contemporary Romance isn’t my favorite of the romance genre. I tend to like my romance a bit steamier, with more angst and sexual tension that I feel like I get from New Adult or Dark Romance. That being said, there’s something so sweet and refreshing about small town romance stories, especially if you’re looking for an escape from your every day life. No, this wasn’t as dark or angsty as I usually like, but it was an escape for me; a cozy, swoon worthy romance that refreshed and renewed my appreciation for Contemporary Romance.

The thing that drew me to this novel in the first place was the fact that it was idyllic as hell. A small town physical therapist meets a big city journalist, give it to me. It’s a subtle enemies to lovers story in the way they were complete opposites in the beginning and didn’t like each other, but overall it had that trope that we all love and adore. Take this and set it against the sweetest little mountain town and you have a recipe for the perfect Summer escape.

Don’t let the sweet cover art fool you, this is much more than a love story. There are some revelations in this that had me internally screaming at my desk at work while reading, and it’s these little twists and turns that really push this novel to the edge for me. Both Tuck and Josie were these perfect and yet flawed main characters, coming to terms with what they both want and need, and it’s a battle that I think most can relate to.

This had me laughing, swooning, and crying all through out the book. I couldn’t put this one down; I was reading at every spare moment I could and even the moments I shouldn’t have been (I think my fellow nerds can relate to this lol). I honestly loved this book and I love this series. The author has such a way with tone and pacing that makes these novels a complete knockout.

I cannot wait for my next visit to Sweetwater Springs, I’ll be counting down the days!

Happy reading

 

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