Alys Murray returns us to the northern California Full Bloom Farm to discover May’s next chapter with
Sweet Pea Summer
We first met the Anderson sisters (Harper, Rose and May) in The Magnolia Sisters, and we’ve moved from the fast-paced and often prickly Harper onto the gentler and far more restrained May. When she and Tom broke up after high school, Tom moved on to other places and learned new things, while May has been ‘stuck’ doing what is expected, worrying about everyone but her own opinion, and simply ignoring what she didn’t want to see. Remaining mute about the break-up left Tom as the “bad guy”, and in this little town, the rumors and ostracism are pointed and complete.
But the story isn’t over: and May is still undeniably attracted to Tom, even as he’s upset with her, and the town. Not so upset that he refuses to keep her secrets, but his winery, started by his grandmother, is failing without the local’s support, and he’s months from losing everything. Adding to the mix, Tom’s finally seen the May he loved buried under the May that is now- buttoned up, rigid, running from her feelings and even hiding the truth.
Slowly but surely the two start to discover who they are now, and find the sparks are still there –but there has to be trust between them, and to find that, May has to face her worst fears and admit to a lie of omission made all those years before. With plenty of input from her sisters, parents and even the town, a last-minute assignment as the two plan THE festival that will put the town on the map and give both the flower farm and Tom’s vineyards a boost, there’s plenty to unpack as both find a way to the truth of them.
Title: Sweet Pea Summer
Author: Alys Murray
Series: Full Bloom Farm #2
Also in this series: The Magnolia Sisters
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance -Adult, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Small Town
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 16n June, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Can you ever really forget your first love?
It’s been eight long years since May Anderson’s high school sweetheart Tom Riley drove down Main Street in his truck, leaving Hillsboro—and May—in his rearview mirror. Now he’s back and, try as they might, the pair can’t avoid each other.
As Hillsboro prepares to host the prestigious North West Food and Wine Festival, Tom and May are reluctantly called in to plan the big event. Tom needs May’s help to repair his bad-boy reputation and, with the whole town counting on them, May and Tom need to learn to trust each other again.
May is determined to protect her heart, but a lot has changed since high school. She can’t help but notice how the skinny boy she used to know is now a man who perfectly fills out his button-down, and Tom can’t seem to tear his gaze away from May’s sweet smile. It’s clear old feelings are surfacing again, but there is a secret keeping them apart and, until they find the courage to face it, their second chance summer will be only that…
A heartwarming story about first love, family and the importance of second chances. Fans of Jenny Hale, Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr will adore Sweet Pea Summer.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.