Three years after the accidental death of her boyfriend, Joan Johnston is still grieving. Stuck working as a massage therapist at a luxury spa in Vermont, she’s certainly not thriving. When she meets bestselling romance author Carmen Bronze, she’s offered a way out of her debt and a way to save her job. All she has to do is share insider spa knowledge with Carmen, who is setting her next book at a spa. Easy peasy. That is until Joan’s passion for writing wakes up and she finds herself writing her own romance novel, which is strictly against her contract with Carmen. With Carmen after her manuscript, Joan must find a way to move past her grief and standup for herself.
This is such a cute debut. As someone who gets a monthly massage, I also wonder what my massage therapist thinks about me, so it was fun to get an inside look at the spa industry. Outside of the setting though, this is a wonderfully put together story about overcoming grief. Joan is wallowing in her own loses and while I was frustrated with her at first, she shows tremendous growth throughout the story. I love her relationship with her boyfriend Sam, and you can tell what they had was deep. But I also enjoyed the way Tady worked to have Joan move on and continue living her life.
Filled with lots of humor this is great debut that is perfect for when you need something witty and heartfelt.
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