by Jane Green
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Goodreads: When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.
On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.
Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.
But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.
Kritters Thoughts: I have not read all of Jane Green's books, but of the books I have read, this one has vaulted to the top spot.
Emma has quit her New York job and moved out to to the country to Connecticut to live a different kind of life. Dominic has lived his entire life in this town in Connecticut and when he rents out his grandparents cottage to Emma he has no idea how this tenant will change his life.
I loved the concept of this book that at any age you can make a drastic change in your life and send your life down a different path. It was almost a coming of age, but coming into a new age!
I also loved that even at any age your parents have influence over the decisions you make. I loved how when Emma returns to her parents home she is still impacted by their opinions of the potential future she sees for herself.
I am not sure if this is correct, but the entire time I read this book I remembered an interview of Jane Green where I feel like after the end of her marriage she decides to get away rents a cottage and ended up marrying her landlord, so maybe internally I was giddy that this book was inspiration from her own change in her life. Anyone know if I am correct?
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.