Award-winning designer Lacy Evans had everything she wanted; then her boyfriend ran off with her receptionist and her clients’ money. Now she’s back in her Oklahoma hometown, feeling miserable. Jacob Tyler comes back from Afghanistan short part of a leg and some peace of mind, but he’s counting his blessings, and Lacy could be one of them.
The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club is quite a mouthful for a title and the story is absolutely delightful. This is by new to me author Lexi Eddings and focuses on returning daughter Lacy Evans going home to the town she didn’t want to have to come crawling back to and especially not as a failure. Having made a big mistake in the romance department with her ex-boyfriend and having to pay restitution to their business clients to avoid jail time, Lacy has come back home to hopefully stay under the radar. Meanwhile, her high school sweetheart Daniel has moved on without her however, former high school heartthrob Jacob has returned from Afghanistan as a war hero (missing part of his leg) and he wants to get reacquainted. She and Jacob strike up a friendship, Jacob hoping for more and Lacy trying to find her place in the world again.
What I really liked about this book is the author put comments from the other townspeople of Coldwater right before every chapter. By doing that we really get a sense for who these other characters are that surround Lacy and Jacob just from a sentence or two. The author really takes on the sensitive issue of PTSD and along with Jacob we see how debilitating and scary it can be to try to handle it on your own. There is a blossoming, swoon worthy romance that I was really rooting for along with a thread of unease that is just in the background. The author includes some recipes in the back of the book that the people in the story enjoyed and they sound mouthwatering. I hope to try some soon.
Overall, I really liked these characters, the town, and their plights and I very much look forward to continuing the series in April with the next release. This is pretty much a clean story and Lexi Eddings is going on my authors to watch list.
I received a copy of this book for free from the author/publisher. I was not required to give a positive review and all the views expressed are my own.