Title: One Day in Apple Grove by C.H. Admirand
Small Town U.S.A. Series Book Two
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B
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Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (pop. 597), a small town with a big heart.
Caitlin Mulcahy loves her family. She really does. But sometimes they can drive her to her last shred of sanity—from her dad (“I’m not meddling, I just want what’s best for you”) to her eight-months-pregnant older sister to her younger sister, who will do just about anything to avoid real work. Cait just needs to get away, even if for only an hour.
When she sees someone in need of help on the side of the road, of course she’s going to pull over. She might even be able to fix his engine—after all, the Mulcahy family is a handy bunch. She’s not expecting that former Navy medic Jack Gannon and a little black puppy named Jameson will be the ones who end up rescuing in her.
One Day in Apple Grove is another charming installment in C.H. Admirand’s Small Town U.S.A. series. With the long hours Caitlyn Mulcahy is working in the family handyman business, she has little time for a personal life. But when she helps Jack Gannon rescue a stray puppy, she agrees to help him take care of the adorable canine. When they act on their mutual attraction, their close friendship quickly turns to love.
Jack and Cait both love living in Apple Grove. Jack’s service in the military satisfied his wanderlust while Cait has never had any desire to leave town. With his time in the service over, Jack returns to take over his retiring father’s medical practice. Jack is trying to adjust to the physical and emotional wounds from war while Cait is trying to juggle the demands of the family business with her personal dreams.
The relationship between Jack and Cait is relaxed and easygoing. Their transformation from friends to lovers occurs quickly but their emotions for one another ring true. Their conflicts are resolved relatively quickly with minimal angst in a realistic manner.
Many of the characters from A Wedding in Apple Grove makes guest appearances in One Day in Apple Grove. There is not as much interaction between Cait, Meg and Grace in this installment but Cait spends quite a bit of time with her dad, Joe. He provides Cait and Jack with some very insightful advice on one of the issues they are dealing with. Joe’s romance with Mary Murphy is still simmering on the back burner, but things seem to be heating up by the novel’s end.
A sweet but spicy addition to a heartwarming series that fans of homespun novels are sure to enjoy.
Read my reviews of the other books in the series HERE.