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One of the biggest perks to teaching is the permanent sub, Liam. I love Liam! He's great with kids and he's at the school because he wants to be doing what he enjoys and not what will bring him the most money. I love how persistent he is. He's very thoughtful--having the kids pick dandelions for their teacher and things like that. I love the moments they have together and could picture the sparks flying.
A surprise closing comes up and leads Sophie into a part time real estate gig with a new, handsome partner, Kevin. He comes across as very smooth--almost too perfect--yet Sophie works really well with him. How can she decide between these two?
Sophie has a lot of big decisions to make and I love the way she changes and grows throughout the school year. She was more concerned with money and material things at first, but then grew up and realized there is more to life. I really enjoyed the blog she started and the insights she had about teaching. She had some crazy first year experiences, like being thrown up on, but she handled it all very well. One of my favorite things was the friendship that was forged with Ruby, an elderly woman in the retirement home next door, over playground balls.
Content: Mild romance (kissing); no religious elements, language, or violence. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
That's fine. I can suspend my disbelief for a novel. You certainly have to suspend disbelief with several aspects of this story, including a too-good-to-be-true love interest and a bizarre situation with a real estate partner who has such an odd interest in Sophie he lies about their relationship.
The best parts of this book are the very realistic classroom and school situations. Clearly the author(s) utilized genuine experience in that aspect of their story. Like most self-published novels, it could benefit from an editor to cut out some fluff and a proofreader to fix the typos. Unfortunately reading on Kindle makes it difficult to offer specific points where it needs cleaning up because there are no page numbers.
All things considered, this was an enjoyable read that had me laughing out loud several times.
Cute fun romance and also a love story of a teacher with the craft of teaching. Loved the intertwining of Sophie's work and romantic life. The blog made for a fun break in the story. Her struggles with her job, finances, and of course her love life made for a fun read. Figuring out the kids and her job, and then her daily routine as she struggles to stay ahead and do her best with her new career made for a cute fun read. Her developing feelings for Liam, and their gradual unfolding romance interspersed with their meeting, glances, dating, fun times, and muddling through the missteps, mistakes, and misunderstandings made for a perfect quick romantic fun read. Sophie's desire to do her best with her work, and her genuine character, and refreshing nuances of her flustered embarrassment, dedication to her jobs, and her reflections on her developing deep feelings for Liam were cleverly told. The minor characters (her roommates, her mother, her fellow teachers,her classroom episodes, and her real estate work) fleshed out the story and made for a wonderful mix. Definitely an "O" for outstanding read. I will look to read more from this author(s). Grateful for a clean romantic get-away!
Liam was pretty awesome, too.
I would read a sequel to see what Sophie's second year of teaching is like. I'm curious enough to be frustrated that we don't get to know that. And I did look at the author's other books to make sure. LOL