Avery Broussard is ready to sign on the dotted line for the boutique she has been working at. She has saved it from financial ruin and has been promised she could buy it from her deceased husbands mother. It is the first anniversary of her husband’s death and she is ready to sign on the dotted line. In comes her mother-in-law with the new owners of the boutique. Not only is the boutique sold out from under her, she is evicted from the house owned by her in-laws, and her bank account emptied. During a snow storm and due to her agitated condition she runs into the store front of Magnolia Market. Avery starts working in the Magnolia Market cleaning up the mess she made. The owner’s wife suffers a stroke which makes Avery feel even guiltier. So Avery along with Kathleen, the lady who she also ran into, start working in the market to keep it open while the owners are at the hospital.
Unbeknownst to Avery, T. J. Aillet hears everything Mrs. Broussard says to her in the boutique. He is a carpenter who has been hired to do some repairs at the boutique. T. J. is not a stranger to the Samford society. In fact, his mother and Mrs. Broussard are best friends. Mrs. Aillet is having a fit that T. J. is working as a lowly carpenter. T. J. is also working at Magnolia Market repairing the damage done by Avery’s car. As you can guess, T. J. is the love interest in the story.
This is a cute read. It is a clean Christian novel. It will make you happy. But then make you mad at the way Avery is treated by her ex in-laws. Avery and T. J. have to work through their feelings for each other as Avery didn’t have a good marriage and T. J. led a rebellious life before returning to Samford. This is the second novel in the Trumpet and Vine series and the first novel I have read by this author. I have already got the first book “Sweet Olive” and plan to read it soon. It is not necessary to read the first book though.