Why do some people run away from life? Some explain that they aren't running away but running toward a better future. Leaving behind all you know is a drastic step and for some they spend all their life looking back. The House on Main Street by Shirley McCoy is all about leaving options and minds open.
For Tessa neither scenario fit. Sure she ran away from the only home she knew to follow her own dreams. She made a place for herself in the interior designing world that suited her so well. She had a deep love and respect for antiques which gave her insight into possibilities for remodeling those rare finds. The fact that she could make a good living from what she loved was in itself remarkable.
She had her share of doubts. Having been raised by an aunt along with her sister Emily she had been loved and cared for in the best way aunt Gertrude knew. Aunt Gertrude believed in tough love and all Tessa remembered about her childhood was the mind blowing arguments with her aunt.
Tessa also remembered how difficult her relationship with her sister had been. Emily had issues. Tessa was a naturally born care giver. But when your heart is in danger sometimes the best idea is to run. In matters of the heart Emily had been competition for the one guy Tessa had deep feelings for. As a teenager it might have just appeared to be a crush but Cade was Tessa’s brick throughout so many years and events. The fact that Cade had decided that Emily was his choice for the love of his life had an unexpected impact on Tessa and her relationship with both her sister and her best friend. Emily was beautiful but she was also high maintenance. It was the latter of these traits that would spell doom to Emily and Cade’s future together. Her quick marriage to Dave put a swift halt to any expectations Cade might have harbored.
Tessa came home on rare occasions, back to Apple Valley. Apple Valley is a small town where there is no possibility for secrets. Eventually everything is just out there for all to see. Tessa had no plans to ever return with the exception of her rare visits to see her sister Emily and Alex her nephew. Emily and her husband ran an antique store that was more junk then antiques. Their marriage faced many challenges not the least was Alex who was autistic. They did everything possible to get through the wall that seemed to surround their son.
Nobody could have foretold of the horror of Emily and Dave's death as a result of a drunk driver. Tessa was unprepared to take on the responsibilities and problems they left behind. Leaving her job, her home Tessa returned to the very place she had left behind. Life doesn't always work as planned. Tessa immediately is faced with great challenges mostly to her heart.
Home is where the heart is but Tessa has carefully shielded her heart all these years keeping herself at arm’s length from anyone who could breach that barrier. Being back in Apple Valley was going to challenge her resolve.
There is a time when you have to stop judging yourself finding yourself lacking by the standards of other people. Truly this is usually a bad habit and most times the person you see in the mirror is better than you give them credit for. People aren't always outspoken with their praise and feelings. That's why people come away from relationships think they are lacking. In The House on Main Street Shirley McCoy reminds us just what is important in the grand scheme of life.
Shirley McCoy brings out the best in her cast of characters who don't always desire her generosity. There are times when you really want to hate a character but to McCoy there is always some redeeming quality. Hope floats.
Interior designer Tessa McKenzie has built a good life far from her Washington hometown. She intends to get back to it - as soon as she sells the cluttered Victorian house and antiques shop she inherited from her sister, Emily. But leaving Apple Valley a second time won't be so easy. There's her grieving nephew, Alex, to consider. And there's Sheriff Cade Cunningham, the adolescent crush who could easily break her heart again if she let him. To Cade, Tessa was simply his high school sweetheart's kid sister. But now there's no denying she's a beautiful and caring grown woman, one he'd like to get to know. Except that Tessa is determined to leave again. If Cade wants to change her mind, he'll have to show her that small-town life has its lovable side - and that he does too. Most of all, he'll have to convince Tess they're good together, and that every step has led her right where she was always meant to be...