Love in a Small Town: The Soldier's Second Chance: Pine Harbour, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Six years. Two break-ups. One divorce. They should be over each other.
Rafe Minelli knows better than to tell his wife no, particularly since they aren't married anymore. She can't hightail it out of town, though, not when they've finally broken through the post-divorce cold war status quo.
Olivia Minelli needs to leave Pine Harbour. It's just too hard to see Rafe moving on without her - even if he says he doesn't want to. But when a new and exciting job falls into her lap, she needs to choose: protect her heart, or take the new job and risk getting emotionally entangled with her ex-husband. Again.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 7 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 15, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#267,845 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#975 in Romance Anthologies & Short Stories
#1,475 in Military Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#11,054 in Romance Anthologies (Books)
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Rafe and Olivia were married... emphasis on WERE. It's been two years since their divorce. He's a cop and national guard. Being a husband is third on his priorities, and she can't stand it anymore. But being a waitress in the cafe in town means she has to serve him every morning, and that just hurts... every day. // Rafe knew Olivia was the one for him, but they may have married too young... he thought he did the right thing: letting her go when he wasn't what she needed. He really wanted her back... But does she want him back?
Awww, nice push-pull between the couple. The only problem was it took a crisis to change their minds, like a disaster or major injury. As he's a cop, it's standard plot that he gets shot and both he and she had an epiphany that life's too short. And that just felt "meh".
Olivia and Rafe are honestly everything. This is such an endearing and emotional rollercoaster ride of a journey and you can't help but be fully possessed with all of the FEELS.
I have recently grown to appreciate second chance stories more, and this is a PERFECT gateway into that trope because my oh my, the feelings are heady, the emotions tough yet beautiful, and the way it enhances the story? It's priceless!
The busybody nosy lifestyle of small town living, the walks down memory lane, all of it culminates in a breathtaking story that makes you believe in the power of love, and how much you want that for Olivia and Rafe.
All in all, if you are looking for a feel good second chance at love story that doesn't shy away from heavy and heady emotions, look no further! Love in a Small Town will hook you, tease you, tempt you, and give you a beautiful story to escape into!
P. S. I cannot wait for Jake and Dani's story! And I love the fact that I can already dive into it!
Rafe and Olivia are divorced. But they see each other almost every day, and they are both still in love. The misery of their estrangement runs deep both between them and in Rafe's family there in small town Pine Harbor. In an effort to rekindle the relationship and start anew, Rafe makes some missteps before realizing that not only is the fire still there, but it's been mismanaged; what they need isn't passion, it's control and a reconfigured approach. Though there were some angsty parts, it was a joy to see the development and growth of this couple as they dealt with their own responsibilities in the dissolution of their marriage, in the importance of flexibility and prioritizing each other, and in self-care, especially in not expecting the other person to be absolutely everything to them, all the time.
It's nice to see the real brass tacks of a second chance, that love does not conquer all, there has to be a meeting of the minds and paths as well as hearts. A well-deserved five stars for this second edition release.
Top reviews from other countries
Ms York is definitely a writer of substance as she gives you much more than romance and naughty bits.
So unlike a lot of books out there, this story is set not at the beginning but in the middle of a love story. At a time when all the new and shiny has worn off and you are left with just two people trying to keep going day after day.
Olivia and Rafe's marriage got derailed. They stopped listening to each other, communicating with each other. But they haven't stopped loving or moved on from each other.
This is a story of how they find their way back to each other. You discover all the trials and tribulations that separated them in the past and all the joy that eventually unites them. Enjoy peeps 😉
Mainly, my problem was the cast of characters, which seemed to me huge for an easy-reading novel. Up to the point where I stopped, the following had been mentioned: Olivia, Rafe, Frank, Anne, Zander, Tom, Dani, Ryan, Lynn, Dean, Sean, Jake, Shannon, Lindsay, Barry, Kurt, Matt, Natalie, Greg, Trey and Scott. I may have missed some.
I found it impossible to keep the names and relationships clear. Since a lot of relationships were mentioned, the implication was that the author thought these significant and, since I couldn't remember who was who, I ended up feeling I probably wouldn't fully understand the story.
Another major irritation was that the central female character is whiny, self-pitying and demanding. I stopped reading when I realized that I was wishing that Rafe would just grow a pair and drop her off at the nearest Starbucks so she can get on with her waitressing career and he can get on with finding an adult woman who's happy to be with someone who wants to do something significant for society.
I am a huge Ainsley Booth fan and love her work, but this was my first Zoe York book. I love smut, and although there were some sexy times this story was all about the love and connection in a relationship.
The main characters Rafe and Olivia had a whirlwind romance, got marries but sadly divorced after only a few years as they struggled to cope with the everyday stresses and strains of marriage. As they live in the small town of Pine Harbour, it is inevitable that they will continue to run into each other on a regular basis.
They slowly shift from just exchanging pleasantries to a little light flirting and eventually realise that they still love each other.
It is beautifully written and the characters are superb. Rafe may be an alpha male, but he is determined to start over and treat Olivia differently this time around. Olivia may have found their divorce hard but remains upbeat and deserves the love of a good man.
I was rooting for a HEA and wasn't disappointed!
I love that this didn’t follow the usual lines of girl meets boy, they have a row and everything is perfect.
Instead it’s very not traditional, but still beautiful. Well written and a joy to read, can only hope the follow on books are as good!
A short read easily through in a day (which is exactly what I did) it’s also full of moments to pull at your emotions. The characters are relatable and at some points enviable.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters in Pine Harbour, and look forwards to picking up the next instalment!