REVIEW: This was my first book by Kathleen Fuller. I’m a bit surprised because she has written a lot of books and several series. Since she is new to me, I will be looking for her books in the future. I really enjoyed this book but, it was a somewhat typical romance. Don’t get me wrong. I love a romance to take me away from the thrillers and deeper historical fictions that I love. I like to mix things up and a romance is my go to genre when I am looking for something light.
The characters in this book were all from a small town named Maple Falls in Arkansas. I’m a sucker for small towns. I spent from 8th grade until I was 40 in a small town. I enjoyed it and quite often find myself yearning to go back. I feel a little bit like I’m home when I’m reading a book that takes place in a small town. The people all know you and there is little to no crime.
The main characters are pretty well developed. I think anyone reading this book will want to shake them up now and then. The rest of the characters play the part that they are meant to play and we know enough about them to make it believable.
If you love a clean, fun and flirty romance, you will definitely fall for this one. If you find yourself looking for something to take you away and give you a change of pace, this book should do the trick. This author also writes some Amish books and I find I like a smattering of those in my reading list.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from #ThomasNelson–Fiction via #Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
SYNOPSIS: A coffee war is brewing in Maple Falls, where Anita and Tanner are serving up plenty of sparks to keep the town buzzing.
Anita Bedford needs to face reality. It’s time to decaffeinate the dream that she and Tanner will ever be more than friends. Growing up in small-town Maple Falls, she’s had a crush on Tanner for years. But he’ll only ever see her as good, old, dependable Anita. Now she’s finally ready to make her own goals a reality. In fact, that deserted building next door to Sunshine Diner looks like a promising location to open her own café . . .
Tanner Castillo may know how to operate a diner, but he doesn’t know beans about love. After pouring his life savings into buying the Sunshine Diner, he needs to keep his mind on making a success of it and supporting his widowed mother, not on kissing Anita Bedford. First order of business: improve his customers’ coffee experience. Next, he should probably find out who bought the building next door . . .
It’s a bitter cup to swallow when ambition turns longtime friends and coworkers Anita and Tanner into rivals. Now that they own competing businesses, how could they ever compete for each other’s hearts? Or will the two of them come to see what’s obvious to the whole, quirky town of Maple Falls: potential for a full-roast romance, with an extra splash of dream?
Welcome to Maple Falls, where everyone knows your name, your coffee order, and your relationship status.