Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement. In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other. But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her, and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way.
Robyn Carr takes us back to Thunder Point to spend time with Grace and Troy and catch up with a few of our other series favorites.
We have met both Grace and Troy previously, mainly in The Homecoming as they were both connected with Iris. In One Wish, we get to know both a little bit better as they move from casual acquaintances to friends to lovers. The transition in their relationship takes place over time, but the author does an excellent job of advancing the story and the time line so that you don’t feel like things are dragging out. The relationship feels like a natural progression and is very relatable.
Grace finds out that her mother, whom she was estranged from, is ill and Troy proves what a great guy he is by being with her and she deals with both the relationship and the illness. They have the typical curve balls when a couple of things come out about Grace’s family and an unexpected change to their relationship. How both handled the curve balls also seemed very understandable and caused me to respect both of them just a little bit more.To be honest, I had a really hard time deciding how to rate this book. It is a totally solid entry in a great series, but it didn’t really pull me in and make me want to stay like other books in the series and by this author have. The main characters and their relationship, while completely relatable, seemed a little flat to me. I can’t put my finger on why exactly, but I just didn’t click as well with this particular story. I still love Thunder Point and am looking forward to coming back to see what happens next.
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