Once broken, can the heart really trust again? Dreams of escaping her small town brought Ellie Oliver to New York only to find that life there wasn't all she'd hoped. Seven years later, she is returning to Pleasant Valley, Indiana with new hopes and secrets. She wants nothing more than to fade into the slow pace of small town life and forget about the demons of her past. Jacob Jones is at loose ends. At twenty-six, a man shouldn't be starting his life over from scratch. Finding himself out of work, Jacob looks for a new home in Pleasant Valley. He is ready for the single life just enjoying the company of close friends. All that changes when he takes a job remodeling the town's toy shop and comes head to head with its new owner. Ellie turns out to be sweeter than the candy she sells in her store. Ellie and Jacob bring out feelings in each other neither were looking for, but both can't deny. Can they truly trust again or will their shattered hearts refuse to mend?
This is a nice feel good romance about two people learning to... Trust Again. Ellie is ashamed of the past she is running from and wants to hide it. Jake starts out seeming like a jerk, but as we know from the previous book he's just a teddy bear who wants to find love.
I wanted to know more about what had kept Ellie with her previous boyfriend for so long. It was hard to see character growth for her when I didn't understand where she started out.
If I had not previously read Begin Again, where we first met Jake, I would have felt the same way. Since I already knew his back story, I understood why he had so much trouble trusting now, but a new reader would not have necessarily have understood.
The author puts together a good story, but it just felt rushed and a little too quick of a read.