Just One More Minute
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A down-on-her-luck waitress inherits a bakery with the man who stole her dream job—and broke her heart.
Rowan left Connecticut to escape her indifferent family the second she graduated high school, but when her loving aunt dies, she drops everything to return for the funeral. All Rowan wants is to say her goodbyes and get back to her life—until her aunt’s lawyer tells her that she’s inherited Elli’s Bakery, the last straw that sent her running to New Jersey.
Even worse, her brand new business partner is Matt—the guy who stole her dream job at Elli’s and crushed her heart. Is she really supposed to just forgive him and run Elli’s by his side?
For Matt, Elli’s has been a safe haven, a way to take care of his heartsick mom and fatherless little brother. When the woman who took him in passes away, Matt has no idea what he’s going to do next. Until Rowan returns to their small town and becomes his new business partner. But after everything that went down between them, it’s clear that Rowan resents him.
Digging up the past will only be painful, and Matt needs to keep the bakery in business. Can Matt convince Rowan to stick around long enough to work things out between them?
Just One More Minute is a standalone small town bakery romance.
Fun, heartfelt story
I received an advance reader's copy of Just One More Minute. It was such a bright spot in my week. I ended up reading it all in one day.
The relationship between Matt and Rowan is great. I loved that they were childhood sweethearts. Rowan had her heart broken and never knew why. Matt struggled through his adolescence and landed the baker's job in Rowan's aunt's bakery.
After the death of Rowan's aunt, Matt and Rowan come together and must work through their issues for the bakery to survive. What evolves is a wonderfully delightful story. I loved the chemistry between Matt and Rowan. The complications that arise add some realism and weight to their story.
While I'd say this sits firmly in my "fun, feel good" story pile, there is enough struggle in this book to keep it interesting and relatable. I'd recommend this if you are looking for something to make your heart happy.