Something happened ten years ago that tore apart the friendship and possibility of something more from Kate and Mick. Mick ran off to University in Dublin and made every excuse in the world to avoid coming home. Now with both of his parents are dead and he has no choice but to return and deal with the farm and his father's will. An unusual addition to what should have been a straightforward will has Mick in a state.
Mick and Kate are both grieving the loss of Mick's parents. For me Mick was a hard sell. I didn't like him from the beginning. No matter what has gone on in the past or how uncomfortable you might be around some people you once knew, when your parents are gravely ill and dying you don't leave the care of them to someone else and then get mad at them for being closer to your parents than you are and get mad because your parents included that caretaker in their will. Mick was selfish, immature and I just flat out didn't like him.
Kate on the other hand took care of his parents at no charge. She put her career on hold and ran the farm and countless other things. Now she finds she is still dealing with the farm despite the fact Mick should be the one taking charge. He won't sell the farm even though he doesn't want it. He won't let Kate have the dog she was bequeathed and he wants to make love to her, but he doesn't want any emotional ties. So, Kate has to fight off her feelings for him and even though he hasn't been very nice to her. Even so she is still willing to help him with the farm. So, who is the more mature person? Does Mick really deserve someone like Kate? Frankly I felt Kate was better off with someone else as Mick pulls one bonehead move after another.
Mick has a lot of growing up to do. I would like to say that Mick improved as time went on, but he still tried to run away and leave Kate in a bind. One disaster after another befalls the farm after Mick leaves.
Kate was a really good girl with high principles, morals and character who works hard and she really cared about people. Her heart gets broken over and over by Mick and his childish behavior. Still she listens to Mick spill out his sad story about why he stayed away from home all throughout his parent's illness. I would like to say this was something really heavy and we could have Mick's character redeemed in some way, but sadly, I wasn't buying it. I'm not making light of the troubles he had, but they weren't big enough issues to warrant the complete desertion of your parents. After he explains why he left and refused to come home I was thinking "Oh, cry me a river." I mean, really, didn't you become a man in the last ten years? Plus, once he was back home he still tried to shirk his responsibilities and left the farm to the first no good person he found so he could get back to Dublin. No, he was just not all that impressive.
There was a really funny part in the book when Mick is accused of fathering a child and he comes up with a way to test the woman claiming to be pregnant.
He does of course apologize to Kate for all he put her through, although a simple “I'm sorry” just magically erased years of hurt and all of Mick's bad behavior. He still needs to back all that up with his actions. He does manage to be a hero to Kate in a dangerous development, which gives him a shot of self-worth. But, he never really acted as though he was suffering from a lack of confidence. In fact he was pretty cocky most of the time.
I'm sorry to say this one just didn't do it for me. I loved the Irish locale and the soft brogue in the speech was a nice touch. It's apparent this author is well versed in Irish authenticity, which really does add to the story telling and shows the talent Kemberlee has,
I just couldn't wrap my brain around Kate's ending up with a man who was really a coward while she was such a prize. I'm still kind of fuming a little about that.
Obviously, this author is well loved and I can see she is a good writer. I have a couple of other books by this author and will certainly continue to read her work.
So, after a little thought I'm going to go with a rating of 3.
Mick and Kate thought they were falling in love. Kate hadn't been just the girl next door. She'd been Mick's life, and he hers. When an unforeseen force draws them apart they're left with wounds that refuse to heal. Now, ten years on, Mick's father's will should have been straightforward, except his addendum was like ice water in Mick's face.
It's essential that Mick and Kate work together to save his family's farm. Mick doesn't count on his new manager being accused of murder, and Kate doesn't expect a dangerously seductive woman from Dublin to claim Mick is the father of her child.
Kate thought she was falling in love with Mick all over again; however this newest revelation is too much for her. She is determined to finally say goodbye to her childhood sweetheart forever, but Mick has other plans for Kate's future. And none of them involve goodbye.