Here in My Heart: A Novella by Anna DeStefano

Super cute, super short novella from “new to me” author Anna DeStefano.
My first impression was that she is a solid writer. Great storyline and some really good characters had me liking this book.

I really liked the way we are introduced to the two main leads, Dru and Brad. It was instantly known that they had a past, and there was a hope of a real fight to get their future. However, I just didn’t really connect to this couple. Maybe it was due to the length of this novella or that we kind of had a parallel with some of the younger characters. I dunno.

Steam factor ranges around a three as we don’t entirely fade to black, but do. The ending is incredibly sweet and I did find myself enjoying this read.

3 Stars

Live and work together, or lose everything that matters…
The ultimatum tilts Dru Hampton’s contented life in Chandlerville, Georgia, on its ear. The man that Vivian, her cantankerous boss and benefactor, wants Dru to partner with—live with—is Brad Douglas, who’s let Dru down every way a man can.
Sheriff’s deputy Brad Douglas has come a long way since his rebellious youth. He’s back home to care for Vivian, his ill grandmother. He’s stayed out of Dru’s way all these years to make up for the hurt he once caused her. Now, the delightfully mischievous Vivian’s dying wish is for them to rebuild at least a working relationship together…and she’s betting on them rediscovering much more.
The family business and the Douglas home that Dru and Brad both cherish will be sold if they don’t resolve their differences. Can these childhood sweethearts make up and reclaim each other’s hearts before it’s too late?

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