My rating: 4 Stars
Dean Foster meets Alice Jaye again when he hires her to work at his garage. It is due for expansion and they needed someone in administration. They knew each other in the past from school, and when he meets her again, he pretty much decides to hire her on the spot. Since Dean is stretched to the limit with work, having someone new at the garage might just give him more of the precious commodity of time that he needs. As a widower with two children, he desperately needs to spend more time with them.
Alice is a single mother to young Ben who is struggling to make ends meet. As much as this second job is critical to her, it takes much time away from her son. It also takes time away from something as important as rest, causing Alice undo exhaustion. But, she keeps that all under wraps as much as possible, as she doesn't want to be given the chance to lose yet another job, as her previous employer did not appreciate her moonlighting.
Dean and Alice's children have a run in, but then become friends, so it would be just wonderful if Dean and Alice could do the same. They are both rather reserved people, for albeit different reasons. They do bond eventually, and that is very sweet. While there certainly was no heat at all between Dean and Alice, it still was a very enjoyable story. Sometimes I rather enjoy a sweet romance and so I look forward to reading more from this author. Winter Beginnings is the third book in the Return to Me series.
Many thanks to Escape Publishing and to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date of publication: June 20, 2018