Former Marine Tom Cavanaugh’s come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family’s apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind.
Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can’t he keep his eyes off the striking single mother?
Nora may not have a formal education, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She’s been through tough times and she’ll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with harvest time at the Cavanaugh’s orchard. She’s always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat…but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting back to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh.
Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they’re about to prove each other completely wrong..
I was so glad Nora finally got her own book. After being left deserted in Virgin River by her drug happy ex-boyfriend Nora is determined to provide for her kids and do better than her mother was with her. She meets Tom Cavanaugh who has an apple orchard with his grandmother who’s raised him for a long time. Tom having returned from the war is trying to start a romance with Miss Picky Pants * her actual name is Darla* as his grandmother refers to her. Tom tries to keep his newest employee Nora at arms length even though the sparks are there. They relationship starts out slow as friends and when Nora is faced with a painful decision to make, Tom gives her something else to think about. With the attraction reaching an all time high.
I really liked this story of a single mother turning her life around and doing well for her kids, also learning about her past and reconnecting with her father after her mothers passing. Tom has his own issues he has to deal with the most of which is dealing with Nora and deciding if he can be a father to someone else’s kids. It was such a great romance! My favorite character in this book has to be Tom’s Grandmother Maxie I loved how she had her own opinions about the relationships Tom was dealing with!