Author: Jen DeLuca
Goodreads Synopsis: “Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?
The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?
This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.“
This was the perfect story for a summer read. It’s the kind of book you bring with you to the beach that you can’t put down. I laughed, I was moved and I utterly enjoyed this story from start to finish. This is that story that starts out with three different story lines, Emily who is going through the hardest breakup of her life and trying to piece her life back together. Simon, who has lost everything and feels as if he needs to control it all and Emily’s sister and niece who have to deal with not only the aftermath of this accident but fitting in within a town that wants to know them.
These characters use each other to get past their “demons” and it’s a wonderful story of how sometimes you need a little help and a little love.
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars
PS. I got this book through bookofthemonth but it was just released this past week, go out and get a copy!