Lacey McPherson is a CNA taking care of Vito D'Angelo's beloved Nonna. who recently had a heart attack. Lacey is working to build a bed and breakfast, in an attempt to get on with her life after losing her husband and child.
Vito returns to River Rescue to stay with Nonna, but is surprised to find her staying with Lacey. Nonna wants him to stay with her at Lacey's, but he's not alone and the situation is complicated by the fact that he is the guardian of an eight year old, named Charlie. Lacey welcomes them all into her home, but will staying with Nonna and Lacey mean breaking the promise that he made to a dying comrade?
Lacey and Vito knew each other growing up as neighbors, and they pick up their friendship where they left off. Vito returns from the Army with scars, he dreams of being a teacher, but he's self conscious about his looks. Lacey is supportive of Vito, and encourages him to pursue his dreams, because he has a lot to offer young students. Lacey has a big heart, and loves her church family, she enjoys Charlie's company,
Vito has always liked Lacey, and even more so now that he sees what a wonderful woman she has become, but he knows that he can't pursue a relationship with her, while hiding a secret from her. Vito is a good man caught between what he wants and a promise that he made to a friend. He wants to do what is right even if it isn't what he wants.
I loved how this story built on great dialogue, with great chemistry and tension. I loved Nonna, she has a big heart and a bent for matchmaking. She prays for those around them, and is always there to give wise counsel. Great story from beginning to end!
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