I really wanted to love this book. It has a great story and great characters and I love the single parents trope. I like the way the drama was developed but my only problem was with the dialogues. These characters were so mushy lovingly sweet that I felt like I was going to get a tooth cavity! Andy and his group of friends are such decent human beings, they were too good to be true! They were nosy and gossipy and they had some funny moments, but when they show support they sort of pile it on too much. Then by contrast, when Andy tells off his soon to be ex-wife, he’s harsh and loud. Way over to the other spectrum of feelings.
This is the first book I read by this author, and this seems to be part of a series. The other couples have had their stories and they seem like a closed-knit group. I love these stories but the mushy part is exploded and the conflict part underscored, IMO. Also the lawyer scenes need to be more real. When Andy is at the negotiating table with Heather and the lawyers, he ends up talking more than his lawyer and that’s not the way things happen in court.
When the book starts, Andy caught his wife having sex in their bed, in their house, with another man. Andy throws them both out of the house and announces the end of their marriage to Heather. He also announces that he’s keeping their twin boys with him and will ask for full custody. Then he drives over to the coffee shop where Christine works and informs her of what happened.
Christine is also a single parent, with a teenage girl. In her case, she widowed some three? Years ago. They commiserate and start a flirtation that goes on to a close friends relation and keeps on developing. Andy had always been attracted to Christine but hadn’t acted on his attraction because he’s a faithful husband. Now that he’s going to serve divorce papers to Heather, all bets are off and he’s pursuing the woman of his interest.
As they get closer and their kids meet and bond together, the lovey-dovey mood of the book continues ad nauseam for quite a while. Then Heather comes back to give trouble and throw a stick in their gears. Now they have to fight with the aftermath of the havoc Heather caused and even more, deal with an important bit of information that Christine hadn’t told Andy. It was a great book even if sometimes I got annoyed at the sweetness, but the characters, specially the kids, made up for the extra sugar. For readers who love small town romances and very positive books with little angst, this will be a great read for them.