Two years ago, when Ivy Emerson bailed from the tiny fishing village she’d grown up in to go to Columbia, Sawyer McCallister was the only thing she was sad to leave behind, and she still didn’t look back. But when her mother guilts her into coming home for Christmas, she crashes headfirst into Sawyer, who’s also returned after being away.
Now that they’ve both been dragged back to Saltwater, Maine, they might just realize it’s where they belong. Together.
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“Need some help?” This is not happening.
I turn around slowly. The first thing I see is a truck I haven’t seen since high school. The second is the guy I haven’t seen since high school.
“Ivy?” His hair’s a little longer, and his face is a little leaner. He looks . . . older. But his eyes. They’re still the same.
“Sawyer,” I whisper, because I can’t believe it’s him. What the hell is he doing here?
A car drives behind Sawyer, honks, and he waves them on. The two of us are frozen, unable to move. At least I am. He recovers first.
“I have a chain in the back. I can get you out of there.”
“Okay,” I say as he pulls in front of my car and then gets out. He seems taller, but that can’t be. He’s wearing a thick blue Carhartt jacket, torn jeans and work boots. He moves to the back of the truck and gets a chain out, which he hooks to the tow hook on the back of my car and then to his truck. He hasn’t said a word.
“Okay, get in,” he says and I get back in my car. With a minimum of revving of his engine and mine, we get my car out of the ditch. I get out to thank him.
Instead, I say, “What are you doing back here?” He wraps up the chain and doesn’t meet my eyes.
“My dad died,” he says as he tosses the chain in the bed of the truck. “Bye, Ivy.” And as quickly as he appeared, he’s gone, and the only remnant of is being here is the cloud of exhaust from his truck.
I slump against my car and raise my head. Snow is just starting to fall, melting as soon as it hits the pavement.
This goddamn town.
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Ivy Emmerson is not looking forward to going home to her small hometown of Saltwater, Maine. Everyone knows your business and after spending time at Columbia, it’s the last place she really wants to be. On her way home, the last person Ivy expected to run into was him…Sawyer McAllister. What was he doing in town? Wasn’t he suppose to be at Georgetown working his way to becoming Dr. McAllister. Well life doesn’t always pan out to be what we want. Sawyer was the guy she let go but being back home and spending time with Sawyer makes Ivy rethink her master plan. Could she have been wrong?
I loved Ivy and Sawyer. They didn’t instantly fall back in love. There were disagreements and it wasn’t an easy road. And when that other person is your first love, you can be full of regret. Ivy learns the importance of what she needs in her life and it proves to be the opposite of what she always thought was true. 5 stars for this great Christmas love story.