Emma Montague is an ex-pat who escapes to Connecticut in an effort to reinvent herself. A former investment banker, she wants to live a simpler life rather than drown in the toxic environment associated with the corporate world. She also needs a break from her stuffy upper-crust parents who want her to marry a man of stature, or as they say… a PLU, people like us.
In the waterfront town of Westport Emma rents a beach cottage from Dominic. He’s a handyman and single dad raising his six-year-old son Jesse whose mother Stacy abandoned them both. Soon after, Emma and Dom become romantically involved despite objections from Jesse who is less than thrilled with the idea of sharing his dad’s affection.
Emma tries her hand as an interior designer which proves to be a fruitful new career path. Over time, Dom and Emma grow closer even though they come from two very different backgrounds. Emma tries earnestly to sway Jesse by adopting a kitten from the shelter which the two “share” whenever he comes next door for a visit.
As with every union, the two have their struggles especially with the arrival of Stacy. The absentee mother appears out of the blue wanting a second chance to become involved in Jesse’s life. The sudden turmoil forces Emma and Dominic to decide if they are willing to stay together despite Dom’s complicated past.
The best part of the book takes place during the last disc which I had debated listening to for the story dragged on for chapters. A tragic accident, which I hadn’t seen coming, causes Emma to re-evaluate her circumstances. I shed tears as the story came to a conclusion, secretly wishing that the author had expanded upon Emma’s emotional journey as she searched for true happiness and peace. This is the first book I have listened to by Jane Green, and I have to admit that I was truly charmed by her British accent. While the story lacked luster, the heartfelt ending has convinced me to give Jane Green another try.