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Katherine Barclift had it all: the perfect job, the perfect car, and what she thought was the perfect marriage. But when her entire world collapses in one stomach-churning instant, she hits the road and keeps driving until that so-called “perfect life” is just a dot in her rearview mirror.
A chance encounter leads her to make a pit stop in Boot Creek, a drowsy little North Carolina town where she can call herself Katy, soak up the peace and quiet…and drink in the bluer-than-blue eyes of Derek Hansen, a local doctor still wrestling with his own painful past. Both Katy and Derek are wary about giving romance another shot, but they can’t deny the intense attraction between them. And if being in Boot Creek has taught them anything, it’s to take life as it comes and never pass up a chance at true love…no matter how wounded your heart may be.
Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle is…well…perfect! I devoured this story. Kathering Barclift (Katy) unexpectedly has her life flipped upside down. Not knowing what to do or where to turn, she gets in the car and drives. Stopping for gas leads to a chance meeting with Derek Hansen. Derek immediately feels a connection to Katy that he can’t explain, and he talks her into checking out the Boot Creek, North Carolina blackberry festival.
This is such a poignant story. I first fell in love with Derek Hansen in a short story Nancy penned in the Wrapped Around Your Heart collection. I could not wait to read more of Derek and to visit Boot Creek, NC. I pre-ordered Life After Perfect and anxiously awaited its arrival on my Kindle. This story was everything I’d hoped it would be. It was heart-wrenching, it was sweet, it was funny and sexy. Everything I love about Nancy Naigle’s writing comes through loud and clear in Life After Perfect.
Nancy gives great depth to every character in Life After Perfect. I didn’t want the story to end because I absolutely loved spending time in Boot Creek. I hope there is more to come in Boot Creek. This made for a perfect warm weather read. But don’t be surprised if you end up craving blackberry cobbler. 🙂
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