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A woman finds love and closure, and rediscovers herself, when she returns to her roots in the enchanting new novel from the author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café.

Newly jobless, newly single, and suddenly apartmentless, writer Grace Hammond has come unmoored. A grammar whiz who's brilliant at correcting other people's errors, she hasn't yet found quite the right set of rules for fixing her own mistakes.

Desperate to escape the city and her trifecta of problems, Grace hits pause and retreats to her Connecticut hometown. What begins as a short visit with her parents quickly becomes a far more meaningful stay, though, as she discovers that the answers to what her future holds might be found by making peace with-and even embracing-the past.

As Grace sets out to change her ways and come to terms, finally, with the tragedy that took her older sister's life so many years ago, she rekindles a romance with her high school sweetheart, Peter, now a famous Hollywood director who's filming a movie in town. Sparks also fly at the local bike shop, where Grace's penchant for pointing out what's wrong rattles the owner's ruggedly handsome schoolteacher son, Mitch.

Torn between the promise of a glamorous life and the allure of the familiar, Grace must decide what truly matters-and whether it's time for her to throw away the rule book and bravely follow her heart.

About the Author

Mary Simses

I grew up in Darien, Connecticut, and spent most of my life in New England, where I worked in magazine publishing, and, later, as a corporate attorney. I wrote fiction "on the side" for many years, and during that time several of my short stories were published in literary magazines. I am the author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café, which became a hit movie called The Irresistible Blueberry Farm for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel, and The Rules of Love & Grammar. I enjoy photography, listening to old jazz standards, and escaping to Connecticut in the summer. I live in South Florida with my husband, and we have a daughter in college who is quite a writer herself.

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