Joanna is a young widow who is trying to move on with her life after her husband, Kyle, died while doing the job he loved, being a fire fighter. In order to move on, she decides to move back to her hometown where her Aunt Marcella lives. She secures a job at a local aquarium and decides to repair a broken duplex. Finally when she thinks she could move on, Austin, Kyle’s brother shows up in town. Austin offers to help her with the repairs and she reluctantly agrees. But Austin resemblance to Kyle is too much for her. Everything about Austin reminds her of Kyle. Every day they are together she begins to fall in love with him. But does she really love him for him or does she love him because he resembles her dead husband?
This book is a quick and clean read. I really like the fact that this book doesn’t have any graphics scene which makes the story sweeter in my opinion. So if you are looking for a quick and sweet story, this is for you. Austin and Joanna are attracted to each other but they can’t be with each other. For Joanna, she feels like she’s betraying Kyle by loving Austin and for Austin, he blames himself for the death of Kyle because he encourages Kyle to follow his heart and be a fire fighter. The death of her husband is devastating to her and the loss is unbearable. Throughout the book, I can feel Joanna’s pain. She loves her husband so much that she doesn’t take off their wedding ring even after time has passed and she feels guilty when she is attracted to another man who happens to be Austin. Both of them suppress their feelings they have for each other because they respect Kyle. It is very sad to see them like that because throughout the book, we can see they love and care about each other. This was a quick read for me because the story is pretty short and once I started to read it, I finished it after a couple hours. While this book is not the best book I had read, it’s an enjoyable read. It’s a very sweet and heart-warming story for me.
One year after Joanna Sullivan’s husband, Kyle, a firefighter, has been killed while battling a house fire, Joanna makes a desperate attempt to start over. She moves to a new town, embarks on a new career at the local coastal aquarium, and attempts to refurbish a dilapidated duplex. Then Austin, her husband’s brother, visits unexpectedly He offers to stay and help her with the much needed repairs.
Joanna soon discovers, however, that Austin’s presence is proving more disturbing than helpful. His resemblance to Kyle is uncanny, thwarting her resolve to put her husband’s memory to rest. Worse, she is strongly attracted to Austin. Austin, a veterinarian, shares Joanna’s love of nature, and the two find much common ground as they team up to help clean up the beaches and save the native birds and wildlife from the encroachment of civilization.
Can Joanna let go of her grief and love Austin in his own right? Or will he always remain the a painful reminder of her husband?