Title: The House on Sunshine Corner (The Sunshine Corner #1)
Author: Phoebe Mills
Publication date: August 24th, 2021
This captivating enemies-to-lovers romance about a daycare teacher who clashes with a brooding dad is perfect second-chance love story for fans of Debbie Mason.
Abby Engel has a great life. She’s the owner of Sunshine Corner, the daycare she runs with her girlfriends; she has the most adoring grandmother (aka the Baby Whisperer); and she lives in a perfect hidden gem of a town. All that’s missing is the thing she wants the most: a family. But after a stint of online dating and a string of bad blind dates, she’s ready to give up. And then her ex-boyfriend (aka the love of her life) walks back into town…
Carter Hayes has no intention of staying in Heart’s Hope Bay. He’s there to help his sister out for a few weeks, and then he’s back on a plane to Las Vegas. But small-town living has its appeal, and it’s not long before Carter’s reminded of just how much he loves his hometown…and the one woman he’s never been able to forget. But after breaking her heart all those years ago, can Carter convince Abby that he’s her happy-ever-after?
Can we just start off with how adorable the cover is for this book? I knew absolutely nothing about it when I requested to read it from the publisher but I have no regrets. I loved this cheery, small town romance. However, I have to argue the above synopsis calling it enemies to lovers… It certainly was second chance romance with Abby and Carter being high school sweethearts before he broke up with her when he went off to college and thought their paths were diverging. It was a sad break up but they were not enemies at any point. Unsure where that categorization is coming from…
Anyways, Abby runs Sunshine Corner day care and has terrible luck with dating. Carter return to Heart’s Hope Bay to take care of his sister and niece after a car accident broke her leg. Part of that involves taking his niece to Abby’s day care – and seeing the love of life every day but knowing it is only temporary and he intends to return to his old life when his sister recovers fully. Honestly, there isn’t a single page of this book that I didn’t love. It has the writing style of the old style Nora Roberts and Catherine Anderson romance where you can tell it’s for adults, but there is a youthful sense to it that will allow it to cross age groups with ease. There is mild spice but it’s a satisfying level for those who like it more on the spicy side.
And of course, the requisite HEA ending. I’m so ready to dive into the next in this series, check back tomorrow for the review!
Happy reading, folks!