*This book is part of my personal library*
When it came to Vivian Burroughs’ unique connection with nature, her grandmother always said, ‘Mediocrity may not burn as bright as a firecracker, but it seldom blows up in your face.’ But the old woman never advised her on what to do when a sexy new neighbor stokes the flames of attraction.
Jack Riley, a still-grieving widower, relocates from the big city to small-town Essex Woods with his young daughter, Elizabeth. His introduction to Vivian leaves him enchanted, but rumors regarding her abilities soon come to light. Is the local beauty a witch or merely the product of an eccentric upbringing by her mother Fred and Aunt Lil, identical twins with a penchant for mischief?
Jack is intrigued by the mystery surrounding the woman, considering the complexities of raising the precocious Elizabeth, a child with frighteningly accurate intuitiveness. As he reluctantly draws closer to Vivian, he also discovers how deep his daughter’s gifts run. Can Jack accept the truth about his own flesh and blood, as well as a second chance at love?
Vivian has always had a connection with nature and now the people of Essex Woods look to her for her herbal remedies. Even though she by most people, there are some that believe her and her family are witches. She has lived with this stigma all her life and it has affected her love life. She’s resigned herself to being alone until a handsome stranger and his daughter move in. There is something about Jack Riley and his little girl that draws her to them.
Jack is trying to do the best he can to raise his daughter when he moves them to the small town. He thinks it will be better for both of them to get away from the city and the memory of his deceased wife. Jack is suffering from insomnia and is worn out to the point that the thinks he’s seeing things when his “wife” shows up at their new house. Elizabeth has a secret of her own though that she is afraid to share with her father because she doesn’t want to worry him. Elizabeth can sense the anguish her mother is causing her dad and doesn’t know how to help him. Maybe the local herbalist can help them both.
Vivian has a huge heart, loves to help people and wants someone of her own to love. She has had trouble dating all her life due to the rumors regarding her family so she spends her time with her flowers and garden. When a handsome stranger moves to town, she is entranced by him. She is drawn to him and his daughter and loves spending time with them. The best part is he doesn’t put any stock in the rumors, until his is affected.
Jack is searching for something, he just doesn’t know what. He moved to the quite town hoping to give them a new start but that’s hard to do when you are haunted by your deceased wife. He thinks he’s losing his mind and the only time he feels at peace is with Vivian. When he takes a leap of faith and let’s go of his preconceived notions, things begin to look up for the couple.
I love the secondary characters in the book from the nosey neighbor to Viv’s mom and aunt; they just enough humor to have you laughing out loud. The eccentric old ladies are so much fun and speak their mind no matter what. They each have their own special talents and set out on a plan that will surely get Viv and jack together, nothing can go wrong – right? The author does a good job of including the secondary characters just enough so they don’t take away from the main characters but enhance their story.
I think Jack and Viv and good together. He is lost and she is looking for acceptance; together they find what they need. He doesn’t judge her based on the rumors he’s heard, he accepts her for who she is. They are drawn to each other and enjoy each other’s company. I enjoyed how the story between them unfolded; it was full of laughter, love, heartache and tears. They didn’t instantly fall in love but had to fight for what they wanted.