Love is a very fragile thing. How quickly love turns to hatred or even worse indifference unimaginable if the source of that pain is the very people who are supposed to love you unconditionally - your parents.
Parker Welles grew up as a privileged little girl. When that life suddenly took an unexpected turn it ultimately changed the course of Parker's well orderd life. Harry Welles turned a blind eye towards his only child and even with the birth of his only grandchild this estrangement continued. Harry's attorney and right hand man James Cahill was thrust into Parker's life as her absentee fathers substitute at important life cycle events, even the birth of her son Nicky. James seemed detached, aloof and Parker considered him the son her father always wished for. James was conflicted with this high paying job as a yes man to a businessman whose ethics and family values didn't mesh with his own, it was need, not greed that kept him with Harry Welles as a family responsibility outweighed his own personal goals. With the exception of one unexpected spontaneous tryst James and Parker went out of their way to keep their distance, neither admitting their mutual attraction. James's nickname for Parker was princess and even with a commercially successful series of children's books whose proceeds all went to a charity she was unable to sway his opinion of her as a spoiled snooty rich girl who referred to him with distain as Thing One. Score one for Parker.
Now a new chapter in Parker and Nicky's life is about to start when her father is sent to jail for insider trading and the government has seized everything including the trusts set aside for Parker and her son. The only thing left was a house in Gideon Cove. So sight unseen Parker sets out to claim and hopefully flip the house, use the proceeds to start a new life with her son. The house is in major disrepair and with limited funds Parker's work is cut out for her. To make matters worse James has followed her. His motives are honest, he feels guilty for his involvement with her father’s treatment of the trusts. But even more so he wants to see if there is any way to recapture the magic of that one time they had together.
The first hurdle is to not see each other as extensions of Harry Welles. They have to admit that what they yearn for is someone to love them, flaws and all. Working side by side they realize how they’ve misjudged each other. The next step is to admit their attraction and become friends. Looking beyond the carefully set facade to the vulnerable person within takes time, trust and desire while they work together to rebuild a house and their lives.
Yeah for Kristan Higgins for yet another honest story about family dynamics. Sensitivity mixed with wit and compassion abounds in this latest trip to a very small town and it's rather eccentric population.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kristan Higgins is back with a hilarious and heartwarming new story about a rich girl who discovers that a little hard work may be just the thing she needs....
After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns-a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled...even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.
Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist's assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn't the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn't the only thing that needs a little TLC....