friends-to-lovers romance novella with a strong dose of second chance
at love and a sweet HEA. No cliffhangers. (Heat Level: 2 flames.)
Walker Anderson grew up together in small-town, Dade City, Florida.
Inseparable during their youth, Josette dreamed of growing up and
moving away. When she left ten years ago, Josette didn’t know how
Walker really felt about her.
wasn’t the same with Josette, and Walker left shortly after,
regretting he’d never told Josette how he felt. In a twist of fate,
Josette and Walker find themselves moving home within months of each
other. They aren’t kids, anymore, and the attraction this time
around is mutual. Maybe a “Fresh Restart” is just what they
needed to get their happily ever after.
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There are many things that can be said about this book. What mostly impressed me are the warmth and family ties we see here. I have no ties to the Southern Spirit at all, given the fact that I am not an American. Still, I have seen and read a lot about the customs and bonds that Southern people have. I loved seeing this so well depicted in Chelsea Falin’s book.
Josie and Walker have experienced loss, betrayal and heartbreak. Family and each other have been the only constant they can rely on now, after so many years. Walker still harbors the affection and pain after Josie’s departure from Dade City. The years apart did little to change his feelings. As for her, she sees him now through the eyes of a woman. Now they need to learn to put aside their difficulties, their mistrust and connect as more than friends. If this is possible, it remains to be seen!
Overall, I liked the book and the writing. We have the sparks between the two characters, we have great lines and the natural feel of things. Each character feels natural in one way or another. The only reason I decreased my rating a little is because Josie’s change of feelings felt a little sudden and that their relationship moved a bit fast. I have to mention that in the version I have received, there were several repeats of the characters’ names and it was a little disturbing, but I attribute this to the fact that I have received an ARC, not the finished version. But in all other aspects, we have a great love story here!
So 4 stars for “A Fresh Restart” and I am looking forward to reading Chelsea Falin’s other books. This is my first read by her and it was a great one 🙂
Cover Review: The illustration shows very well the relationship between Josie and Walker. While he has always held on to his feelings, despite the distance, she tended to move forward. Though, life pushes us back to where we belong …
Favorite quote: “So screw off, Josette, and don’t bother me again. I’ve got enough demons to fight without having to look one in the face.”
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, if you have read this book or any other by the author or if you are tempted to read it 🙂
year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began
writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally
published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres,
including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking,
poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a
freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time,
she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and
spending time with her friends or family.
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