When tragedy flips Elle Jamison’s life upside down, she retreats from the busy Seattle skyline to the quiet beachside town in California of Arroyo Grande. She leaves behind the life she’s always known to try and start over, heal her heart, and move forward. A self-proclaimed bibliophile, Elle discovers a used bookstore in the Village and within it, a handsome and recently widowed bookstore owner named Aidan Wilson. Remembering her past, Elle adamantly denies herself another chance at love with Aidan or anyone else.
Aidan desperately misses his wife but doesn’t want to stop living because she’s gone. He submerges himself in his businesses and attempts to move forward without the love of his life. When Aidan meets Elle, she brings mystery and charm, but mostly, a shattered heart. She refuses to tell Aidan about her life in Seattle, making him hesitant to trust her. But with Aidan’s own secrets, is it Elle that should be cautious about going forward with him?
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Death of a spouse, drug addiction, violence, sexual assault.