Author’s Direct (I think this must have been a contest freebie at some point, because I can’t find any other books by Nolan on there.) The ebook is available for free on Amazon. If you “buy” the free ebook, you can whispersync for $7.49 on Audible.
She thought she could never go home again. Kennedy Reynolds has spent the past decade traveling the world as a free spirit. She never looks back at the past, the place, or the love she left behind—until her adopted mother’s unexpected death forces her home to Eden’s Ridge, Tennessee.
Deputy Xander Kincaid has never forgotten his first love. He’s spent ten long years waiting for the chance to make up for one bone-headed mistake that sent her running. Now that she’s finally home, he wants to give her so much more than just an apology.
Kennedy finds an unexpected ally in Xander, as she struggles to mend fences with her sisters and to care for the foster child her mother left behind. Falling back into his arms is beyond tempting, but accepting his support is dangerous. He can never know the truth about why she really left. Will Kennedy be able to bury the past and carve out her place in the Ridge, or will her secret destroy her second chance?
Point of view:
3rd Person. Alternating perspectives, not always by chapter, but it’s clearly defined.
This is my first book by Kait Nolan, but I love Amy McFadden as a narrator and haven’t come across any of her work I didn’t like. Both were amazing here.
This is a small town, second chance romance, & opener to the Misfit Inn series. Kennedy & Xander are reunited due to a family tragedy and we get the rekindling of their relationship. What I especially loved is that while there was “a big secret” that caused Kennedy to leave Eden’s Ridge in the first place ~ it’s uncovered at about the 60% point and we aren’t overly tortured with that as the only plot point. Nolan’s worldbuilding is impeccable here. We get to know enough about Kennedy’s sisters to anticipate the rest of the series, but in a way that doesn’t overpower the main plot. Heads up: You’ll probably need a box of Kleenex with this one.
Amy McFadden is fantastic as always. Her ability to give all the characters their own unique voices and keep the southern accents in tact without being overdone is phenomenal. It was never a guess as to who was speaking and chapters from Xander’s POV were distinct.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
All the daughters are former foster children who were adopted. Miscarriage for a secondary character is mentioned.
My Favorite Quotes
Great sex between mature, committed individuals is good for your mental health. – When You Got A Good Thing, @kaitnolan @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #SecondChance #RomanceTweet
That’s the thing about forgiveness. It’s not something you earn. It has to be given freely or it’s not really forgiveness at all. – When You Got A Good Thing, @kaitnolan @amymcnarrator #SmallTown #SecondChance #RomanceTweet