“Life is too short to do what other people think you should do.”
Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.
For a time.
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
This book really made my hopeless romantic, Cinderella fairytale loving heart happy. I loved every bit of it…from beginning to end.
Catherine. I loved reading about Catherine because she is such a strong person and mother to her daughter, Brenna. There are mini flashbacks throughout the book that recount what happened in Cath’s past and the mistakes she made, which helped me really understand how Cath got to where she was. Cath’s journey was all about finding the courage to trust another man again after she was so badly burned in the past. My heart broke for her when Brenna asked her why she always has sad eyes. It was an eye opener for Cath when she realized that the way she had been avoiding taking risks was affecting her daughter. I loved how stubborn and yet shy Cath was when it came to Brett because, despite having a daughter, Cath was not used to letting herself see how interested men were in her.
Brett. SWOON. Brett is legit every girl’s prince charming. He was gentle, sweet, caring, protective, and everything that Cath needed. He was so accepting of Cath and her past and her adorable daughter. I loved how he teased Cath mercilessly and brought out her playful side. However, Brett is also dealing with his own problems since surviving a tragic accident and battling with the reality that he may never play hockey again. A certain little person told him to focus on the things that made him happy when he was sad though, which was the most adorable moment ever. So that is what he did. He focused on things that made him happy (and in an indirect way Cath and Brenna) and on getting a second chance at life again.
Brett and Cath. I loved the two of them together. It was such a modern day Cinderella story that just makes the rest of us hope that there is a Brett Madden in the world for each of us. The journey that these two took together was definitely an uphill battle, but once they stopped fighting it…it could not have been more perfect.
Side characters. Jack and Lou were by far my favorite side characters in this book. Jack was the fun loving brother and uncle that both Cath and Brenna needed. Lou was there for Cath from day 1 and was always there with sound advice and was not afraid to go toe to toe with anyone when she felt they needed it. Keith was also a great side character in that he was the best friend every girl needs in her life.
The book. I felt the book was well paced and was written well. There were a few predictable moments but other than that I really did enjoy this book. I highly recommend it to those who love: fairytales, single moms, and hockey.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★