Josette Miller and Walker Anderson grew up together in small-town, Dade City, Florida. Inseparable during their youth, Josette dreamed of growing up and moving away. When she left ten years ago, Josette didn't know how Walker really felt about her.
But Dade City just wasn't the same without Josette, and Walker left shortly after, regretting he'd never told her how he felt.
In a twist of fate, Josette and Walker find themselves moving home within months of each other. They aren't kids anymore, and the attraction this time around is mutual. Maybe a "Fresh Restart" is just what they needed to get their happily ever after.
There are many things that can be said about this book. What mostly impressed me are the warmth and family ties we see here. I have no ties to the Southern Spirit at all, given the fact that I am not an American. Still, I have seen and read a lot about the customs and bonds that Southern people have. I loved seeing this so well depicted in Chelsea Falin’s book.
Josie and Walker have experienced loss, betrayal and heartbreak. Family and each other have been the only constant they can rely on now, after so many years. Walker still harbors the affection and pain after Josie’s departure from Dade City. The years apart did little to change his feelings. As for her, she sees him now through the eyes of a woman. Now they need to learn to put aside their difficulties, their mistrust and connect as more than friends. If this is possible, it remains to be seen!
Overall, I liked the book and the writing. We have the sparks between the two characters, we have great lines and the natural feel of things. Each character feels natural in one way or another. The only reason I decreased my rating a little is because Josie’s change of feelings felt a little sudden and that their relationship moved a bit fast. I have to mention that in the version I have received, there were several repeats of the characters’ names and it was a little disturbing, but I attribute this to the fact that I have received an ARC, not the finished version. But in all other aspects, we have a great love story here!
So 4 stars for “A Fresh Restart” and I am looking forward to reading Chelsea Falin’s other books. This is my first read by her and it was a great one
Chelsea Falin's A Fresh Restart is a good second chance at love romance.
This is a friends to lovers tale between Josette and Walker. Years have passed since they've both been home. Walker's always loved Josette, but she never knew. They are sweet together, as their relationship moves from anger, to forgiveness, to love.
The author's writing is smooth, with good character development, a solid set of secondary characters, and a nice flow.
A Fresh Restart is romantic with a fantastic ending. It's definitely a good read.
This friends to lovers book is a comfortable read. The author, Chelsea, is a wonderful storyteller. I love her style. A Fresh Restart has a moving plot with nice characterizations. This novella is a strong recommend.
Josette moved from home 10 years ago, to chase her dreams. She left behind her best friends. She didn't have the best luck.
Now 10 years later, her mother died. With her two kids, she moved back home.
Nex door to her childhood home Walker is fixing his grandparent's home.
They used to be inseparable, always together, until Josette left. Now living close together and the friendship starts up again. And the feeling he had for her, wake up again. Now he only has to convince her.
It's just the sweetest story of friendship and second chances.
I love a good friends to lovers book, especially since the love always seems more genuine. These two families grew up together, and I do mean grew up from diapers. They were involved in every facet of their lives and it showed in how easy the relationships and support flowed. She left him, her best friend and had to discover life outside their town, leaving him to nurse his broken heart. Now they're both back and hearts and truths are laid bare. Unfortunatly while I felt the friendship and the family ties, their background and all the connections, I had a really hard time with the instant change in her attitude towards him. The story is good, don't get me wrong and I do love this author's style. I plan on reading a lot more of this author in the future.