Eleven years ago, Cole Ferguson made the biggest mistake of his life, but now he can finally get back on track. The first step? Nail the job at the local animal shelter and keep his head down. But working at the shelter means spending time with Rebecca Lincoln. Rebecca is beautiful and kind but she's also determined to save the world. Cole isn't about to join her. Helping Rebecca would mean breaking his promiserunning toward trouble instead of staying clear. She doesn't need him anyway. How could she ever see him as more than just another charity project?
About the Author
Cheryl Harper discovered her love for books and words as a little girl, thanks to a mother who made countless library trips and an introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House stories. Whether it’s the prairie or Regency England or Earth a hundred years in the future, Cheryl enjoys strong characters who make her laugh. Now she spends her days searching for the right words while she stares out the window and her dog snoozes beside her.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 1/2 STARS! If you're looking for a sweet romance that will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, Cheryl Harper's latest is the one for you! I laughed, I cried, I felt so sad for him, yet a deep happiness in the end. What a great story! The only thing I could have wanted more of is for them to become a couple a little sooner so we could see more of them together, but overall, a really sweet read that will touch your heart. I heart Freddie! Eleven years ago Cole Ferguson made the greatest mistake of his life. No matter what his intentions were, he paid the price for what he did. Now he's back home in Holly Heights, TX looking to start fresh. He needs a job, and to keep his nose to the grindstone. Straight and narrow, that's his new motto! We met Rebecca Lincoln in a previous book and now we get her story. She's a high school guidance counselor out to save the world one student at a time, and when working with Cole shows her that she has let some kids slip through the cracks over the years, she sets out to fix that. Working closely at the animal shelter where Cole got a job puts her in close quarters with him quite a bit. Can she find a way to look past the man he was and see who is standing right in front of her?
Cole’s heart has always been in the right place but his brain hasn’t always been on the straight and narrow. All his life everyone has left him until one sweet old lady took him in when his mother dropped him on her doorstep. No one has ever loved him like his grandmother. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for her. When she got sick he made a bad choice he was young and dump which got him in a mess of trouble. Many years later with many visits from that sweet old lady until the day she took her last breath making Cole promise to stay out of trouble. The book starts off with him getting out of jail and the trouble he has. Everyone deserves a second chance but people just aren’t willing to give that. This book really hit close to home for me. My company has rules and we must stick to them. We deal with money, going into customers home. Sometimes it breaks my heart to turn a person away because of their background I would have really have liked to hire them. I feel they have learned their lesson and need that break but the rules say no. I am not saying all are turned away but those with major crimes are. For this reason my heart really went out to Cole who really is a great character. He has such a warm caring heart which is what got him in trouble to start with. Most of the town just doesn’t see it this way, memories are long as they hold one crazy night against him. Once a bad seed always a bad seed. I thought this was well written with wonderful characters. The author put a lot of thought into how people really react to a con man. Almost from the first page road block are put up in Cole’s way. He is strong and nothing will hold him back when he sets a goal. Rebecca had me laughing almost from the start with how she dealt with Cole. She had to do some back paddling more than once. She really has a very kind sweet heart just a little misguided at times. Here we find that sometimes there is good trouble which Cole gets a little confused. He just wants to be left alone to keep his promise to his grandmother. He feels if he gets messed up with troubled teens that he will be right back where he started. What it takes is one kind sweetheart of a woman with a temper and a very set mind to rock his world. I really enjoyed how the author brought Cole across showing so many misunderstanding not only with him but the town. I really liked how Cole and Rebecca’s relation builds slow adding humor to the mix. It isn’t all easy there are some very rough roads. I totally loved the animals and the animal fair in town. There was one couple who adopted a dog I wasn’t very crazy about as I am sure you will be too. This is a book with in-depth meaning which brings out the pain, sorrow and the smiles in you. When things go wrong you know where the finger is going to be pointed. This is about forgiving, starting over, learning to move on, taking that first step to a better life, helping others and giving of one’s self. It really was heartwarming. I totally loved the ending.