Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story

Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story

by Annie Rains

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ISBN-13: 9781538713983
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Sweetwater Springs Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 80,287
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional places in her home state of North Carolina. When Annie isn't writing, she's living out her own happily ever after with her husband and three children.

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Springtime at Hope Cottage: Includes a bonus short story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
gaele 12 days ago
I’ll be perfectly honest – I just don’t understand why Annie Rains isn’t on everyone’s book shelf. Her characters are always complex and layered, her stories have a core of sweetness and kindness that we all could use, and their connections are palpable – you want to visit the places she’s created, make friends with the people and sit in the café to people watch. Springtime at Hope Cottage is no exception. From first coming to Sweetwater Springs where we met Kaitlyn intent on making the little B&B in the North Carolina mountains a viable business, and with her finding love with the half-owner Mitch, a resident, the magic in this little town was tangible. Now as Josie has returned for a little break, it’s been lonely in New York without Kaitlyn and with changes at the top for the magazine she works for, work isn’t all that hot either. And for someone who exists for her job, burying away her own fears of not being enough and fears of being too close to someone who could break her heart, she’s more in need of the magic of the place than anyone else. But, the B&B is busy and Kaitlyn is swamped with work and the uptick in business, particularly with the upcoming festival, and she can’t meet Josie at the airport, instead sending her husband’s friend Tucker to pick her up. From the start, Josie’s wound a bit tightly, and Tucker with his no-nonsense connections to the earth, nature and the town as well as his good looks and instant impression of Josie as a high maintenance princess leaves the conversation rather stilted and both with an unusual reaction to one another. He can’t forget about her, even as he is still mourning his wife and wanting to ‘honor’ her memory, and Josie finding him annoying and perhaps a bit too aware of her – like down to her innermost thoughts aware – and finds herself unsettled and anxious. From here it is classic Raines – Tuck is native American, a Cherokee whose mother has been dedicated to teaching her children and her community about the traditions, foods and ways of time immemorial. Tuck uses nature and his own training to work his magic on those who need help regaining function. When Josie, unexpectedly finds herself in need of his skills after twisting her knee, the two find themselves working together, and doors start to open in their relationship. When her apartment building is damaged by fire and she’s got to find a new place to live – the relationship with Tuck seems to jump forward as she moves into his garage apartment. So different these two are, but Josie’s proximity shows Tuck the caring person beneath the city polish, and discovers that with his new client, she’s simply magical. Of course, there are secrets to uncover, but the heartstrings and connection between the two build, giving both a second chance at new possibilities, all with plenty of support and some big changes for everyone involved. Leaving me with a smile and plenty of interest in the third friend in Tuck’s group and his little sister and nephew, the sweetness o Sweetwater Springs, combined with the community, it’s people and a few nudges from the author make this series one that is a pure delight. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Cali-Jewel 7 days ago
This is a sweetly thrilling, heartwarming and engaging romance that is filled with all the small-town goodness you could hope for. Loved Sweetwater Springs and the intriguing charters I got to know on this journey. Really enjoyed reading this emotionally thrilling second chance! Looking forward to more from this series.
blonde_betty 8 days ago
Springtime at Hope Cottage by Annie Rains is one of my new favorite books. I loved revisiting Sweetwater Springs and both Josie and Tuck were heartbreaking. They totally deserved their HEA and it was fun watching them figure it out. I loved catching up with old friends and making new ones. This was the perfect read for a snowy winter day. This is for anyone who love small town romance, including readers of Nancy Naigle, Hope Ramsay, and Sara Richardson. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Anonymous 13 days ago
The second story in the Sweetwater Springs series did not disappoint. The author's description of small town living brought it to life. You can imagine getting fresh fudge, and seeing the beautiful wreaths on display at the flower shop. Just as the Main Street shops come to life so do the characters. Josie and Tuck seem like an unlikely match and get off to a rocky start, but as she's recovering from a knee injury and Tuck is her PT, they learn a lot about each other. They'll learn first impressions can be wrong and to look beneath the surface to find the true person. They struggle with real life issues and talk about how to move forward. A great story that I highly recommend. Fall can't come quick enough to read the next story involving Melons and Alex. I was provided a free ARC from Net Galley and the publisher for my honest review.
RobinLovesReading 16 days ago
Josie Kellum has a great job as an editor of a major New York magazine. She is pulled away from her job due to an injury sustained while she is visiting her friend in Sweetwater Springs. The doctor recommends a couple of sessions of physical therapy in order for the injury not to become more serious. Then, due to other circumstances, her stay is extended. But, oh, her therapist... Oh, so sexy! Tucker Locklear hasn't so much looked at another woman since the death of his wife. Why is it that his newest patient, albeit temporary. Josie Kellum affects him? This is on a deep level from the moment they met. He is really glad she was planning to leave soon. Also, his policy is not to date patients. However, when he finds out she is staying longer than planned, Tucker begins to worry. Will he be able to hide his attraction to the stunning Josie? Also, how can he think about another woman. He still hurts from losing his wife. What if he loved and lost again? He just cannot take the chance. This was a wonderful and effective story. The romance between Tucker and Josie was very touching. It was true to form with Tucker resisting a chance at love due to what he went through with losing his wife. Also, Josie's life was in the big city, not in a small town. Even if the people - and a chance at love - were compelling. There was another character in Springtime at Hope Cottage that bears mentioning. That is young Maddie, a physical therapy patient of Tucker's. I found this portion of the story quite engrossing. Annie Rains has done a fine job of weaving a romance with another story that blended in quite well. The conflicts in this story balanced with a very pleasant ending. I really enjoyed this book and Annie Rains works. This is part of the Sweetwater Springs series. The first of this series is Christmas as Mistletoe Lane. My review follows. The next book in the series, Meet Me at Sweetwater Springs, is due for release in August. Many thanks to Forever and NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
_NormaJean 17 days ago
Josie Kellum is a journalist who is involved in her job to the point of not having a life outside the office. She is obsessed with excelling at her job. When her best friend finally convinces her to come to Sweetwater Springs for a visit, she plans a short visit and a quick return to her job. When her friend is unable to pick Josie up at the airport Tuck Locklear agrees to pick her up and bring her to her friend’s B&B. Their meeting does not go well. Being from New York, Josie is quick to react by pointing a can of pepper spray at him when Tuck unexpectedly walks up behind her. Fortunately, Tuck diffused the situation before being sprayed. Tuck is the physical therapist in town. When Josie injures her knee while walking in the woods, she becomes Tuck’s patient. Tuck is easy on the eyes, but his personality strikes sparks with Josie...and not the good kind. Tuck lost his wife to cancer two years before and he has never gotten over the loss. He has no interest in becoming romantically involved with any woman... much less one like Josie who is always talking on her cell phone or texting someone. Tuck prefers the simple life. He loves his home, Hope Cottage. He loves the fact that there is little to no cell phone reception there. Perhaps this is his Cherokee heritage coming out. The more time Josie and Tuck spend together, the harder it becomes to fight their mutual attraction. This is an opposites attract, second chance story with wonderful, believable characters. This is the second book in the Sweetwater Springs series, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone. However, if you don’t read the first book in this series, you will miss another wonderful book. I definitely recommend this series. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an ARC or this book.
gromine49 17 days ago
Oh my, this series keeps getting better and better. I don't even know where to start to say how fabulous this story is. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Annie Rains has once again captivated my full attention and heart in another one of her wonderful books! Tuck and Josie's story was so addictive that it was extremely hard to put down especially when I had to go to sleep or work. Springtime at Hope Cottage is a book that is so heartwarming the story will stay with you long after you finish reading it. I can't wait to read the next book in this fantastic series!
Laura_F 19 days ago
Sweetwater Springs is such a lovely small town. It's the type of place that I would love to go visit for a quiet, relaxing vacation. Josie and Tuck couldn't be more different. She's a workaholic from the city. He's a go with the flow, get out and be one with nature small town guy. Their differences made them the perfect complement for each other. This book was wholesome and heartwarming. While it brought tears to my eyes a time or two, it left me feeling hopeful. I can't wait until the next visit to Sweetwater Springs! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
tiggeruoSO 19 days ago
When Josie gets "stuck" in Sweetwater Springs she starts to rethink her life and wonder what could be next in her life. I really enjoyed this book was super fun read. Some parts of the book was a little predictable how ever it did not take away from the story overall. The story has a way of getting to your heart for sure. The author draws you in and has away of wanting you to book your next trip to Sweetwater Springs. I love small town romances and I just love small town books they have away of making you feel like you are catching up with friends and that was very much the case with this book. This book does have adult situations and may no be suitable for all readers. I really can't see what happens next in Sweetwater Springs and see where the author goes next with this wonder group of characters. If you are looking for quick and fun read grab this book I don't think you will be disappointed. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
Sandy-thereadingcafe 19 days ago
SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE is the second instalment in Annie Rains’ contemporary, adult SWEETWATER SPRINGS romance series focusing on the people of Sweetwater Springs. This is thirty–year old, New York journalist and editor Josie Kellum, and widower/ physio-therapist Tucker Locklear’s story line. SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE can be read as a stand-alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Josie and Tuck) SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE follows the building relationship between thirty–year old, New York journalist and editor Josie Kellum, and widower/ physio-therapist Tucker Locklear. Taking some well deserved R&R in Sweetwater Springs Josie will come face to face with her future, physio-therapist and widower Tucker Locklear, a man who struggles to let go of the past. When an ankle injury and a fire back home forces Josie to remain in Sweetwater Springs a little longer, Josie and Tucker will go from client to tenant to friendship to something more. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Tucker and Josie, and the potential fall-out as Tucker’s past comes full circle. Tucker Locklear has loved and lost. Battling with memories from the past, Tuck struggles to let go and move forward including giving himself permission to again, fall in love. Josie Kellum never expected to like the pace and ambience of small-town living but something about Sweetwater Springs and Tucker Locklear may convince Josie to step back and breathe the fresh air. The relationship between Josie and Tuck begins acrimoniously when Josie mistakenly takes Tucker for a potential threat. A sprained ankle finds Josie needing help from our story line hero, help that comes in the form of physio therapy, and a roof over her head. The world building continues to focus on small-town living: the people, the businesses, the gossip and the love. We are re-introduced to several of the local characters including Mitch and Kaitlyn (Christmas on Mistletoe Lane #1), police chief Alex Logan, Fudge Shop owner Dawanda; bookstore owner Julia Kent; as well as the introduction of Tuck’s sister and florist Halona, and several phsysio clients including eleven year old Maddie, who struggles with loss of her beloved mother. Alex and Halona’s story is next in SNOWFALL ON CEDAR TRAIL. SPRINGTIME AT HOPE COTTAGE is a sweet, heart warming and delightful story of family, friendship, loss and hope. The character driven premise is spirited; the romance is tender- the $ex scenes are all implied; the characters are fun, sassy, and energetic.
Jolie 19 days ago
Josie needed a vacation. Sweetwater Springs is the obvious choice. Since her best friend runs a successful B&B. Josie meets Tucker when he picks her up at the airport. Her relationship with him continues after she falls and injures her knee. Tucker, a physical therapist, offers his services. The Josie receives a call. Her apartment was involved in a fire. Which means she can’t go home. Stuck, she agrees to live in an apartment above Tucker’s garage. What could go wrong? Tucker has decided to move on after his wife’s death, 2 years ago. While he was attracted to Josie, he knows that having a relationship with her wouldn’t happen. But, the more they get thrown together, the more Tucker realizes that he needs Josie in his life. Can he convince her to stay in Sweetwater Springs? Josie: I liked Josie’s character. I liked that she was real and that she was easy to relate to. She was a spitfire. She didn’t hold back her opinions on things. But she also had a soft side. She didn’t throw temper tantrums when her love interest had different views than her. Instead, she talked about it with him. I loved it. Tucker: I liked him. He was the perfect foil for Josie’s character. Where she was always on the go, he was more laid back. I did like that he was a physical therapist. It was interesting to read about the different ways that he helped people heal. As for his relationship with Josie, he eased into it. There was no Instalove. No jumping into bed the first hour they met. Instead, he formed a relationship with her. It was refreshing to read. Springtime at Hope Cottage was a great romance to read. The plot was easy to follow. The romance between Tucker and Josie was realistic and believable. The plotlines of Springtime at Hope Cottage were well written. There was zero unnecessary drama in the book. Y’all know what I mean. A character comes out of nowhere to throw a wrench in the relationship of the main characters. Not here. The only surprise wasn’t a surprise. I figured it out early in the book. But, I still liked how that storyline played out My only complaint with Springtime at Hope Cottage was that I didn’t get a feel for Tucker and Josie sexually. There was sexual tension but those scenes were far between. By the time they did have sex, I couldn’t get into it. The end of Springtime at Hope Cottage was sweet. The author did a fantastic job of wrapping up all the storylines. Nothing was left hanging. There were no sudden twists in the plot. It was a sweet ending to a sweet story.
mamalovestoread22 19 days ago
Josie Kellum has a job she loves, lives in a city she loves, but when it comes to her love life, that is where the love stops. She has poured herself into her work for so long that it has kept her from really living or allowing her time to find someone to share her life with. When her work takes her to Sweetwater Springs she begins to appreciate the charm of the little town, and one of it's most alluring residents, Tucker Locklear. He is the first man in a long time that has her heart sitting up and taking notice.... but she doesn't seem to have the same effect on him. Or does she? She never had plans on meeting someone in Sweetwater Springs, or considering leaving the city she loves, but the moment Tucker comes into her life, she begins to wonder what it would be like to have him there permanently. They have instant chemistry, but he is a little gun shy when it comes to letting love into his life, the last time he traveled down that path, he lost everything. But Josie is determined to show him that sometimes love does strike twice... and the risk is worth the reward! Springtime at Hope Cottage is touching tale brimming with romance, drama, and feels! Josie and Tucker brought life to the pages, and had me feeling the emotion behind every word. Neither were in the market for love, but as we learn with them, love is getting the message. When an accident brings them together, they quickly learn that there are sparks there, but both have doubts about exploring them, and where they will lead... and boy was it fun to watch them find the courage to embrace them. I really enjoyed what I found between the pages of this newest offering from Ms. Rains, her words warmed my heart and her characters had me smiling and swooning throughout! Highly recommend!
Bette313 19 days ago
I love a good small town romance and this book certainly satisfied my craving. It has an amazing group of characters with a nice slow burn romance between Tucker and Josie. Tucker is the town's physical therapist who has spent the last few years mourning the loss of his wife. No woman has peaked his interest until NY magazine editor/writer Josie Kellum comes to town. Why her?? They are so different and she will only be around a short time. She has heartbreaker written all over her. He just needs to lay low until she leaves town. Easier said than done! I highly recommend this one.
SarahBethL 19 days ago
I loved going back to Sweetwater Springs, visiting with Kaitlyn, Mitch, Josie & Tuck. I just love small towns & the people who live in them. Josie was still working for the magazine but needed both a break & to see her best friend Kaitlyn. While there she needed Tuck's help as a physical therapist. He was drawn to Josie but hasn't looked at another woman since his wife passed away and knows Josie plans on leaving. However he needs her help with another patient of his, a child who fights therapy but likes being around Josie. I also enjoyed Tuck's relationships with his sister, nephew & family-his Mom is great. It was fun reading about their Cherokee traditions they follow.
Honolulubelle 19 days ago
Favorite Quote: “I just wanted to tell you how I felt. Then I wanted to take you inside and show you.” A slow grin emerged on her lips. “I’ve always loved show-and-tell,” she whispered. My Review: This is such an adorably sweet and easy to follow small-town series with relevant family issues, secrets, and heart-squeezing moments. I enjoyed the colorful descriptions and stories of the quirky and eccentric characters inhabiting Sweetwater, each with their own unique spin that makes them stand out several shades from the norm. I also greatly appreciated the long-overdue implementation of a Native American as a successful and hard-working professional as a main character. I adored the kindness and thoughtful patience and insights of Tuck and look forward to peeling back his sister’s tale in a future installment.