Looking back, it was kind of crazy to put a down payment on a fallen-down train depot I’d never actually seen, in a state I’d never actually been to, and use it to build a life with a guy I’d never actually met, but love makes people do crazy things. If you’ve ever been in love, you know what I mean.
But before the plane had landed, I found out that Sam—the guy I’d met online and had been talking to for four years—wasn’t really Sam. He wasn’t even a guy.
I already own the little train depot, and I can’t go back to my old life. And Fairville is such a lovely welcoming town. Did I mention James? He’s made sure that I’ve had a really warm welcome.
All I want is to build a great little bookstore, and have a relationship based on humor, honesty, and hardbacks. I see some tough choices ahead of me.
Or maybe I don’t have to choose…
This was a short, cute read with an overall happy feel to it. I was a little worried when I first started it because Gus’s life seemed depressingly awful and even though I knew there would be a HEA I figured we’d have to watch Gus have a really hard time for awhile. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. Gus almost immediately found friends in the town and ended up with a lot of people helping him on his project right away.If you’re looking for a realistic story this is not it. Gus shows up in town having spent his life savings buying a dilapidated old train station with plans to turn it into a bookstore. On The plane ride to the town , which he has never been to before, he finds out that the boyfriend he’s been planning on doing this project with doesn’t even exist, so he is stuck with a major construction project with no money and no knowledge on how to do the construction. In the real world, at this point Gus would have been screwed, but the people of the town quickly rally behind him providing free labor and materials or at least deferring payment until he has his store up and running and is making money. In the real world I can’t believe, even in the most friendly of small towns, that people would go out of their way like this for a complete stranger that they have just met, but it is what makes this a charming story rather than depressing one. It’s the perfect story if you want a quick, light read. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.