Author: Katherine Center
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.
Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.
When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.
Ope’s Opinion: This is in the romance genre, but it is so much more then that. It is about a whole community and their relationships. It is about letting your guard down and letting other people into your life.
I am a huge fan of Katherine Center and her writing. I think my expectations were too high for this book. This story was good, but not my favorite of hers. It took a large part of the book for the story to really get going for me. Once I was into it, I really did enjoy it. Having said that, I will still look for her next book to read. The ending is what you expect.