Change of Heart by Jennifer Moore This summer, Nathaniel Cavanaugh vacations in Lobster Cove to spend quality time with his kids after his estranged wife’s tragic death. Successful and well-connected, he is on the fast-track to the highest legal positions in the country, but his family life suffers. After an accident throws Val nearly into his lap and costs her a job opportunity, Nathaniel surprises himself by overlooking her outlandish appearance and lack of qualifications to offer her a job as his nanny for the summer. Valdosta McKinley wishes for an internship at a Paris Art Institute to use her newly acquired art-history skills. She knows Nathaniel could never develop feelings for a girl from a trailer in a rural West Virginia holler—a lesson she learned the hard way years earlier. Will pursuit of their professional goals require Nathaniel and Val to give up the dream of being a family?
The crashing of waves soothed him and let him relax as he enjoyed the warm drink. His eyes drifted shut.
With a start, he opened his eyes. “I really think you should call me Nathaniel.” He was starting to getdrowsy.
“Sir, that would be completely inappropriate, not
when I’m working for you.”
“That’s true, but sometimes you don’t seem like an
Val raised her eyes and their gazes met. “I don’t act
very professional, do I?”
“That’s not what I meant. Sometimes, you seem
more like a friend.” Nathaniel could tell that his guard was down. Why did talking to someone at night free people of their inhibitions? He needed to be careful not to say anything he’d regret.
Val picked at her nails. “I need to thank you again for coming to get me. It’s the second time you’ve rescued me. I’m not doing very well in the whole ‘being an independent woman’ department, am I?”
“That’s what friends do.” He closed his eyes and let his head fall back against the chair. Moments later, he sleepily registered Val had moved the blanket to cover him and took the empty mug from his hand, but he was too tired to do more than mutter, “Thanks.”
I simply adored reading this sweet love story.
Nathaniel Cavanaugh is a jet-setting attorney from Boston who decided to take a much needed vacation up in Lobster Cove, Maine with his two young children, Ruby and Finn. A widower of nine months, he's trying to balance spending some quality time with his children and meeting the never-ending demands of work.
Valdosta McKinley couldn't be more different than Nathaniel. Hailing from Millford Creek, West Virginia, Val is about as southern country-bumpkin as they come. After getting a degree in Art History from the local college, her family insisted she go up north to get some work experience so she could get an internship in Paris. Unfortunately, Val doesn't seem to fit the mold that the art galleries are looking for in an employee. She's on her way to interview with one final gallery when fate steps in.
Just as Val is about to cross the street to the Venus Gallery, little Finn Cavanaugh steps into the street chasing after seagulls and right in the path of the approaching trolley. Of course, Val scoops him up to get him out of the way, but in the process she is hit by the trolley. Nathaniel can't help but feel horrible about what happened. In the aftermath of the accident, Val manages to connect with his children better than he has been able to - so, what's a guy to do, but offer her a job as his nanny? And thus begins an unlikely friendship that develops into an unexpected relationship.
It's always enjoyable to read a book like this that just makes you feel good. It's sweet and uplifting and gives you hope that even when things look bleak (even if that's because of your own misguided choices) things can and will get better.
Honest disclosure ~ I received a copy in exchange for my honest review
FYI ~ clean read
Author Jennifer Moore
Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that is anything but romantic. She suffers from an unhealthy addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.
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