All she ever wanted for herself was to be loved.
At thirteen, Naomi Macnamara and her two best friends each pen a wish list of things they want to achieve. Deciding to bury a tin containing their life goals, the friends vow to unearth the metal box once they’ve all turned forty. But as the decades pass and each girl chases her dreams, the lists are forgotten.
When her beloved aunt’s sudden illness sends Nai back to Chapel Cove days before her fortieth birthday to manage the town’s bookstore, her successful, independent, organized new life in Texas seems a million miles away. Between a book-hoarding aunt, a leaky roof, unruly pets, wobbly faith, and flaky bookstore staff, the last thing she wants is to have to rely on local cop Mateo Rodriguez for help.
Mateo, returned to the Cove to help his aging grandfather, never forgot his first love Nai or the one sweet kiss at sixteen that sent her running. Normally confident and capable, being around each other shoots them both back into their teenage shyness and insecurity.
They’ll need to overcome soul-deep hurts, trust in God, and risk being vulnerable enough to accept their second chance at love. Will a crisis bring them together — or tear them apart?
I’ve fallen in love with the Chapel Cove series and Naomi’s story is no exception. Gracefully written reflecting on God’s love and how He waits on us ever so patiently and makes our lives in His timing. When Naomi goes back home to care for her Aunt Ivy, she didn’t expect the second chance at love she thought she never deserved. And neither did Mateo. Such a sweet kindhearted couple that you root for the whole way. I love how Ms Autumn gives a picturesque setting of Chapel Cove and its characters. Full of charm and grace, it’s a beautiful place to retreat to after a stressful day. With characters that you’ll adore and a community like none other. ~ Sharon Dean
When Nai comes back to Chapel Cove to help Aunt Ivy her life will change. Watching Nai try to hide her feelings for Mateo will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. The characters in this book are all very special people who you will love reading about. I had the honor to review this book for the author for a honest review. I would give this book a higher rating than a five star review if I could. This book is truly inspirational and you won’t be able to stop reading it. ~ Debbie Jamieson