Nick Jenkins is back from Afghanistan, recuperating from a bombing that killed his best friend, Spencer, and left several in the group injured. He came cross-country to the Pacific Northwest to get away from his hovering parents with the intent of bringing Mooch, Spencers dog, to Callie and then moving on. Yet as soon as he spends some time here, he is not sure he wants to leave.
Callie was Spencers best friend. She is between jobs, staying in Snowberry Creek and making some decisions about Spencers Victorian home, which he left her. She wants to honor his memory and is thinking about turning it into a bed and breakfast. While Nick makes some decisions of his own, he helps Callie get the place ready.
As they work on the house, get closer emotionally and let another wounded friend, Leif, stay, there is added danger. Someone is stalking the grounds, causing problems, and Nick is determined to protect Callie.
My take: What an emotionally charged story about survivors guilt and finding a place to call home. This is an enjoyable small-town romance with a military hero that I thoroughly enjoyed. The touching push and pull of the relationship is engaging and insightful. Nick is so worried that Callie was Spencers girl, he backs away just as they start to get close.
I really love Alexis Morgans voice; she writes with such feeling and realism that you can truly understand what the two are going through as they heal emotionally, find love and remember their friend.
My rating: I highly recommend this book for those who want a romance with military heroes.