Kat Jones writes sweet contemporary romances that center around cozy hometowns, troubled characters, and families finding true love—always with a smile and dash of laughter. Kat resides in the North East with a patchwork family of her own, including three ornery kids and husband who loves to tell corny jokes.
Buck Washington wonders where his Aunt Cora has found the woman to rent the Victorian home nestled in Hope Springs, Alaska, and furthermore she has brought along with her an over-exuberant little boy. Buck aware of his aunt’s persuasiveness knew his new neighbor was a fresh target for Cora’s insistent matchmaking.
Edie Matthews’ first introduction to Buck wasn’t a pleasant one. She tangled with him over his remarks about her son and later finds herself pray to Buck’s super soaker water pistol.
Sick with a cold from her unexpected dousing, Eden is beleaguered by the constant comings and goings of Aunt Cora. No one knocks in this small town or bothers what time of the day or night it is when they come to call. Buck slowly wins her over as he learns to love the whirlwind she calls her son. Buck brings her roast meat and once she’s ready to meet the rest of the town, mostly family, he introduces her.
Both knowing they can’t enter into a relationship because they’re both still married, Buck to a partner who left him shortly after their marriage for a more appealing life than a small town in Alaska could bring and Edie is on the run from her abusive husband, his beatings, and the law. The boy she claims as her son isn’t hers. She’s kidnapped him to keep him safe and she’s all too aware of what she must do to achieve that goal.
But the two manage to fall in love. Their both hurt from past relationships and ghosts from their past until one day Edie’s past comes to Hope Springs and tracks her down. Her ex-husband arrives and it is up to her to keep her son safe even if it means surrendering the only hope she had of a normal life with Buck.
Kat Jones writes a wonderful story laced with laughter and comical situations while facing the deadly serious topic of spousal and child abuse. The story is well written and has a heart warming solution. Anxious moments keep the reader turning the page fearful that Edie will be found out.