Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.
Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.I liked this overall. It is a small town romance, and par for the course in these, the town has it's quirky characters. Most of them add depth to the story, but I thought a couple of them detracted from it, and added a melancholy edge to it that I would have preferred was not present, as I think it took away from the central romance of Sofia and Burke.
I also had a couple of issues with the pacing of the story, as I thought it moved well in some places but suffered a little bit in the past in others. I thought, at least for me, if you are not going to meet a character until her funeral, then there needed to be a little less time spent on how others felt about her, aside from the central character.
Sofia and Burke were interesting, and their relationship was compelling...although more of a slow burn than I was expecting. While this is not a bad thing, I felt that the time to get them together possibly didn't give them enough time to deal with the realities of Sofia's health. If that makes sense...they needed, for me, more foundation before I was totally willing to believe in them as a HEA.
That said, the writing is strong and the characters are mostly believeable. I am interested to see where the next one in the series leads.