Sad day.....I don't want to leave these characters that have become my best friends! (insert ugly crying emoji) Seriously one of the BEST, funniest, heartwarming, emotional, hilarious, belly-laughing, just all around top-of-my-chart read for 2023!
I can't tell you how much I love Henry and Edith....and the whole quirky small town characters that make up this story! Becca knows small town dynamics, as evidenced in the grocery store pepper incident (wait until you read THAT one!). How a small insignificant misunderstanding can turn into the most ridiculous, untrue "fact" that spreads hilarious gossip. Oh my word, the whole book was this way, if you don't laugh your way through this; I don't know what's wrong with you!!
There's also a deeper message of how sometimes our plans don't fit into what God has for us...or sometimes God works them out in His own special way, much better than we ever can imagine. We just have to trust Him! Both Henry and Edith have big dreams (or adventures) and it's amazing how the author brings those to pass at the end.
I simply love everything about this book and I know it will live in my heart for a long time to come. Becca Kinzer is my new favorite writer and I can't wait to read what's next from her!!
P.S. Not to mention (okay so I mentioned it), the old-timey movies referenced throughout makes me want to find them to watch for myself...HA! Becca Kinzer, don't ever stop writing books!! Because every one of your readers deserve a piece of the wedding cake (another small-town quirk). Absolutely fun :-)
*I borrowed this digital book from my library with no obligation for a positive review.
He thinks she’s an elderly widow. She’s convinced he’s a grumpy old man. Neither could be further from the truth.
After a short and difficult marriage, recently widowed Edith Sherman has learned her lesson. Forget love. Forget marriage. She plans to fill her thirties with adventure. As she awaits the final paperwork for a humanitarian trip to South Africa, she accepts a short-term nursing position in a small Midwestern town. The last thing she needs is a handsome local catching her eye. How inconvenient is that?
Henry Hobbes isn’t exactly thrilled to have Edith, who he assumes is an elderly widow, dumped on him as a houseguest for the summer. But he’d do almost anything for his niece, who is practically like a sister to him given how close they are in age. Especially since Edith will be working nights and Henry works most days. When he and Edith keep missing each other in person, they begin exchanging notes—short messages at first, then longer letters, sharing increasingly personal parts of their lives.
By the time Henry realizes his mistake—that Edith is actually the brown-eyed beauty he keeps bumping into around town—their hearts are so intertwined he hopes they never unravel. But with her departure date rapidly approaching, and Henry’s roots firmly planted at home, Edith must ultimately decide if the adventure of her dreams is the one right in front of her.
Reminiscent of the beloved classic You’ve Got Mail comes a delightful new romantic comedy about mistaken identities, second chances, and finding love in unexpected places.