Lizzy “Overachiever” Chung, Esq. has her life mapped out neatly:
* Become a lawyer. Check.
* Join a prestigious law firm. Check.
* Make partner. In progress.
If all goes to plan, she will check off that last box in a couple years, make her parents proud, and live a successful, fulfilled life in L.A. What was not in her plans was passing out from a panic attack during a pivotal moment in her career. A few deep breaths and a four hour drive later, Lizzy is in Weldon for three weeks to shed the burnout and figure out what went wrong. And what better place to recharge than the small California town where she spent her childhood summers with her best friend, Jack Park.
Jack Park didn’t expect to see Lizzy back in Weldon, but now he’s got three weeks to spend with the girl of his dreams. Except she doesn’t know of his decades-long crush on her–and he intends to keep it that way. She’s a high-powered attorney who lives in L.A. and he’s a bookkeeper at his family’s brewery who never left his hometown. He can’t risk their friendship on a long shot. Can he? When Lizzy decides that the local bookstore needs a little revamp, of course, Jack is going to help her bring it back to life. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore there might be more than just friendship among the dusty shelves and books…
Sometimes the path to the rest of your life has been in front of you all along.
Lizzy has just won a big case, one that will guarantee her a shot a partner in her law firm. The thing is Lizzy doesn’t feel happy about it, she’s frustrated and burned out. Needing some space, she leaves the office and heads to her favorite spot to relax and unwind, Hideaway Bookstore. Later that night she makes a decision to take some time off and re-evaluate her goals. She’s going toLizzy and Jack have been friends for a very long time. Jack’s come to realize he wants more from her but at the same time doesn’t want to mess up their friendship. He knows he’s been avoiding her, but that’s all about to change.
Lizzy finds a studio apartment to rent for a few weeks. It’s perfect and it’s over the Sparrow Bookstore. The next thing she does is bump into Jack while he’s on his way home from his morning run. He’s more than a little surprised. His family business is such that he has plenty of time he can spend with Lizzy, and he decides to do just that.
The bookstore becomes a focal point for Lizzy’s time off. Shannon the owner and also her landlord has to-do lists and if there’s one thing Lizzy loves it’s lists.
I love the sense of family in this small town of Weldon, although Lizzy’s parents no longer live in the US, the friends they made here are lasting and extend to Lizzy. Especially Jack’s parents and siblings.
As this relationship grows so does friendship and Lizzy makes some decisions as does Jack. It’s really a shame they didn’t confide in each other before they made them.
There’s laughter, tears, disappointment, romance and so much more in this book. I really need to go back and read the other books in this series.
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Jayci Lee writes poignant, sexy, and laugh-out-loud romance every free second she can scavenge. She lives in sunny California with her tall-dark-and-handsome husband, two amazing boys with boundless energy, and a fluffy rescue whose cuteness is a major distraction. At times, she cannot accommodate real life because her brain is full of drool worthy heroes and badass heroines clamoring to come to life.
Because of all the books demanding to be written, Jayci writes full-time now, and is semi-retired from her fifteen-year career as a defense litigator. She loves food, wine, and travelling, and incidentally so do her characters. Books have always helped her grow, dream, and heal, and she hopes her books will do the same for you.