Let’s Begin Again (2019) by Heather B. Moore is the seventh book in her Pine Valley series. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 230 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old at home, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in eBook form from Mirror Press Publishing via Kathy at Clean Wholesome Romance/ I Am a Reader. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give Let’s Begin Again 4 STARS. This book is a Contemporary Clean Romance.
About the Book
Maurie’s dreams are finally coming true, but when Grant Shelton shows up at her doorstep, she discovers that she’s left love out of the equation.
USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley!
When Maurie Ledbetter moves back to her hometown to open her dream shop, she calls a local construction crew for help. Former teenage crush Grant Shelton shows up on her front porch, answering the call for the construction job. Seeing Grant again brings back Maurie’s memories of her troubled childhood, and she doesn’t know if spending time around Grant is the best way to move on. But when she discovers Grant has gone through difficulties of his own, Maurie realizes that he might be the key to her own healing.
Let’s Begin Again is a sweetly satisfying contemporary romance filled with endearing characters and a plot that keeps the reader happily turning pages well past bedtime. This is a light and easy read that could be completed in a sitting or two, and will definitely leave the reader smiling.
Maurie and Grant, the main characters of Let’s Begin Again, have known each other since childhood; and both, unknown to each other at the time, had really big crushes on one another. Something really awful happens to Maurie when she is 17 and she is forced to leave Pine Valley. Ten years later, Maurie moves back to Pine Valley in order to expand her business. When Maurie and Grant see each other for the first time, it is immediately apparent feelings are still there. Man, do sparks fly!!! I very much enjoyed watching Maurie and Grant’s relationship rekindle and grow into something mature and real. I definitely rooted for them the entire time.
Grant, is a divorced father. His ex-wife is a handful and will often play Grant by using their son, Trent, as a bargaining chip. Grant is reintroduced to Maurie and quickly realizes that a real relationship built on mutual respect and love is possible. Knowing full well the baggage each one carries, Grant and Maurie become an item. It may be an odd thing to say, but I appreciate the way this story shows a divorced parent trying to navigate a demanding ex, a young child, and a burgeoning romance. I found this aspect of the story to be very well written, quite realistic, and a reminder of my own family. It is often illustrated that blended families don’t work out so well, but that has not been my experience. In my personal experience, the family that was created the day my mom and step-father married is, to this day, the healthier, happier, and more loving family, and this is the case with Grant, Maurie, and Trent. I liked seeing my experience with my blended family reflected in this fictional world. It made this story a little more endearing.
Let’s Begin Again is a sweet addition to the Pine Valley series. One I highly recommend! If you are looking for a sweet, clean romance that’s fast-paced, highly engaging, and a bit steamy then this is the book for you.