Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?
Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.
As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities...and her first love.
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“Diverse characters, a Southern setting, and electric chemistry will keep readers emotionally invested. Adolescent sweethearts Cruz and Zoe maintain a sizzling connection that hasn’t dimmed in the slightest despite five years apart. But it’s little Gracie who adorably steals the show; her precocious cuteness is so well written that it’s always endearing and authentic, never saccharine. While specific attention is not drawn to the consequences (or remorse) for past mistakes, a careful read reveals the author’s subtler approach to the same end. Repentance may not be overt, but the message of sin’s destructive power is clear as it plays out in the lives of the characters.”
RT Book Reviews (4 stars)