Teacher Julia Blair is deeply grateful to Sage and Anna for giving her and her seven-year-old twins a temporary home in their rambling Victorian mansion -- and for their friendship. She has loved Brambleberry House since childhood, when her family used to rent a nearby cottage every summer just down the beach. Julia certainly does not expect to encounter her first crush living next door.
As a local Cannon Beach boy, Will Garrett had stolen her heart all those years ago. But this Will is different from the boy she had known -- he is now bitter and reclusive, angry at the world. Julia and her children only remind him all too painfully of what he has lost, but still he is drawn to her.
Can both of them move beyond the pain of their respective pasts to forge a new future together? They might have a shot, especially with the help of a couple of mischievous matchmakers . . . [from author's web site]