Friday, January 8, 2016

Review: Hope Springs on Main Street by Olivia Miles

Sometimes love is where you least expect it . . .
What do you do when your cheating husband proposes to the "other woman"? For Jane Madison, it means you keep calm, carry on, and sneak candy bars and wine for dinner. Jane's grateful for her adorable little girl, yet she yearns for the love that was missing from her marriage. Only one man ever really "got" Jane-and she's stunned when he returns to Briar Creek. But a single mom can't date her ex's best friend . . . can she?

Jane's still kind, beautiful-and far too good for the buddy Henry Birch tried to stop her from marrying years ago. Laying eyes on her now is like a much-needed ray of sunshine. Back in town to sell his family's old house, Henry wants to close a bad chapter in his life and move on. But time with Jane and her sweet daughter has him flirting with the idea of happily ever after-if he can convince her to take a second chance on love . . .

Watching Jane navigate the aftermaths of divorce and co-parenting with her husband (who is now engaged and has a baby on the way) was very true-to-life.  It's not easy for Jane -- she hates the thought of her daughter being shuttled between two parents' households, and she feels guilt and anger at how her life has turned out -- but she handles the pressures well. 

Jane and Henry's romance was also very true-to-life.  They knew each other previously, and their friendship at that time didn't seem forced or strained.  If anything, Henry stood in the background while Jane continued her relationship with Adam, her now ex-husband.  As Henry returns to Briar Creek, he expects to see Jane every now and then, but not to need her as much as he does. 

Hope Springs on Main Street was a sweet end for the third Madison sister.  And that's exactly what Jane and Henry's romance brings to each of them -- hope. 

(A very special thank you to Forever Romance, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Hope Springs on Main Street.)

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