on January 1st 1970
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Sadie Harris is desperate to find a job that makes more money than her current job of waiting on tables. She is going through a messy divorce from a controlling and manipulative man who happens to be a police officer in town. She is willing to take any job so that she can better support her young son who she is hoping to get primary custody.
Dawson Reed is desperate to start his life over. He just spent one year in prison for his parents murder. He didn’t commit the crime, but the town does not care, in their eyes he is guilty. He returns home with a desire to farm the land and bring his developmentally disabled sister home and enjoy their lives.
Sadie accepts a job from Dawson. Her duties will be cleaning the house, cooking meals and helping to look out for his sister once she moves back home. Sadie faces backlash from her soon to be ex-husband or taking the job.
As Sadie and Dawson begin to get comfortable with each other and get to know each other, the story takes off. Obviously this book is a romance but there are also other themes to this book as well – starting over, love, fear, crime, emotional abuse bordering on domestic violence, violence, etc.
I really enjoyed this story. It was a very fast and engaging read. There was a little “meat” to this story as it dealt with various issues.. I found it hard to put this book down as I wanted to know more about both of these characters individually and as a couple. I liked how they began with a tentative employer/employee relationship to a friendship that grew into romance. The story was very believable and the pacing of the book was spot on.
Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.