Maura McKnight-Parker, owner of Dog-Eared Books & Brew, needs a vacation. But, Christmas is just around the corner and her daughter Sage is coming home for the holiday. She's had a really rough year with the tragic loss of her other daughter, and it's time for her and Sage to move forward.Preparing for her holiday book club meeting, someone from her past just pulled up in front of her business. Unfortunately, he's just walked into her bookstore along with her daughter Sage who's just announced to everyone that this man, Jackson Lange, is her father. There's nothing like ripping off the band-aid and getting right to the heart of the story. Thankfully the author, RaeAnne Thayne, did it by the end of the first chapter. If she hadn't, this would have been a really long story.
Sage and Jackson are both upset about Maura's lie. Years ago, Jackson left Hope's Crossing a bitter and angry young man. Now twenty years later he's back, a successful architect and standing right in front of her. Of course, he's now going to stay in town for awhile so he can get to know his daughter.It's not going to be easy having him back in town, and Maura is just going to have to deal with it. On the other hand, Jackson has his own demons to deal with, ncluding his curmudgeon of a father, Harry Lange.Once again, the author RaeAnne Thayne has done a remarkable job in taking a sensitive subject and dealing with it not only head on but with great care and thought. Here in Sweet Laurel Falls, the author brings together two former high school sweethearts and has them face their past in order for them to go forward into the future. This seems to be a major theme in many of the books I have read lately. Always tried and true, but each uniquely different.
Each book brings us a little closer to the town of Hope's Crossing and all the people who live there. Maura and Jackson are really going to have to put their past behind them. They have a daughter who needs both of them, and more than they both know.