“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself” – Unknown

Claire Dessalines is a single mom in a small coastal Delaware town. She’s taking a second chance at life, starting a career in the world of wildlife biology. When widower Brian Melodus moves to town and tries to connect with her, it looks like she’ll have a second chance at love, too, not that she wants it. She’s cynical about romance, and sure she can’t trust him. Just because he’s running some of the State’s most important wildlife rehabilitation programs doesn’t mean he’s relationship material. But when tragedy strikes and Brian is the only person available to help her, Claire has no choice but to rely on him. Circumstances and their shared passion for environmental issues keep bringing them together, and if Claire truly wants to heal, she’ll have to try letting someone into her heart.

I took a chance on this book after reading the description. I usually lean towards historical romance but I am glad I decided to dive in. It perfectly describes a coastal Delaware town where Clair and her five-year-old son live. She is a recent graduate in wildlife biology and begins to look for work while teaching her young son ways to conserve the ecosystem. She meets a new professor and the attraction while mutual was met with reluctance and distrust. The professor, Brian, was also a wildlife conversationalist and widower. They end up working together to help the local endangered bird population and horseshoe crabs while skirting their attraction. Clair ends up having to learn to trust Brian in a scary and tragic time when her son becomes very ill. I liked that the book had real-life issues, like single parenting, domestic violence, death and having to overcome trauma. It was a good read and I would recommend it.

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