Art teacher Harley Welsh is charmed by her newest student—a little girl whose shyness disappears the second her hands are covered in clay or paint. Moving wasn’t easy for Nadia so to help her, Harley resurrects the countdown to the Great Pumpkin Patch—a must-do fall activity list from her childhood. She’s determined to show Nadia and her family how wonderful life in Crossvine Creek is. But Harley didn’t plan for Nadia’s father to be single, distractingly handsome and everything she’s running from.
New high school football coach Josh McBride is hoping a smaller town will give him more time to focus on his children. While his son is adjusting to the move, his daughter is struggling. Harley’s offer to help via a fun, seasonal-themed activity list is a welcome gift. Her love for the town is infectious, and soon his kids aren’t the only ones falling under her spell.
But Josh can’t help but wonder…what happens when they reach the end of the list?
A heartwarming small-town romance.
After Harley Welsh’s dreams were crushed, along with her
heart, in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Crossvine, Texas. Now she teaches art classes at a studio she
owns with her sister. Harley took special
interest in one of her new students who just happens to be the town’s new high
school football coach’s daughter and soon finds herself interested in the coach
Single dad, Josh McBride, was ready to start life someplace
new, away from the memories and heartbreak of the past. He thought Crossvine would be a great place to
raise his children. He had no intention of
starting a relationship, but when he met his daughter’s new teacher, he couldn’t
get her out of his mind.
This is a sweet and emotional story. Both, Harley and Josh, had broken hearts and I enjoyed seeing how their friendship, and eventually love, bought happiness to their lives again. I enjoyed the kids’ parts of the story especially Nadia’s antics and Tucker’s crush on Harley. The dogs were a fun addition to the story too. I really liked how Harley and Josh first met. That was a fun scene.