His sister’s friend.
Her childhood crush.
All grown up.
Hawthorne Bloom is living for the moment, until a beautiful stranger with intriguingly familiar eyes gives him a tongue lashing he’ll never forget. When she shows up again at a family event, Hawthorne finds himself trying to dig a way out of a hole he didn’t realize he was in.
When Avery Chase returns to Indiana, the last thing she expects is to run into her childhood crush, let alone to realize in the years since she left, he’s turned into a complete jerk. Hoping for a man to change is a mistake she’s made once before and is determined not to make again.
Then again, it’s hard to resist when your childhood crush finally notices you.
A sweet and clean, stand-alone Christian romance novella that will have you falling in love with the Bloom Family. Hoping for Hawthorne is Book 1 in the 7-book Bloom Sisters Series.
Hoping for Hawthorne is the first book in Tara Grace Ericson’s The Bloom Sisters series. Avery is back in town and disappointed to discover the older brother of her best friend from her school days, who she’d crushed on, is hanging out with a group of guys who think it’s okay to demean female staff in a hospitality venue. Avery makes her disgust apparent by speaking up. Hawthorne can’t place her, and he is perplexed that she knows his name.
Hawthorne’s mother invites Avery to the Saturday morning family brunch at the Bloom farm. Hawthorne is shocked to discover the sassy lady he couldn’t place is an old school friend of his sisters. Avery is not impressed by Hawthorne, or his friends, and she challenges him to look at his life priorities. Hawthorne previously owned a company that went bankrupt and that experience rocked his confidence, but hanging around with his old college buddies isn’t a good idea. He does handyman work and fixes problems around the farm, and he knows he needs to find direction and purpose in his life.
I loved how Avery didn’t give Hawthorne a free pass and let him off the hook. She’s a chemical engineer who’s working at the university, and she refuses to accept some of Hawthorne’s attitudes and behavior as normal and reasonable. Hawthorne needs to get his act together to be worthy of Avery’s love. I recommend Hoping for Hawthorne to contemporary romance readers who like the enemies-to-love and best friend’s brother romance tropes with a strong heroine who won’t settle for second best, and a relevant faith element in the story.