THEN CAME YOU

THEN CAME YOU                             JEANNIE MOON

Mia DeAngelis knew it was time to make a change. Wanting to provide a better life for herself and her ten-year-old nephew, Ben, she took a chance and moved to the small town of Compass Cove, New York, on Long Island’s north shore. Now, the college librarian is adapting to a new job, a new town, and living with her feisty seventy-eight-year-old grandmother. Mia is determined to make it all work, hoping the coastal hamlet gives both her and Ben the sense of community, family and belonging they both want so much. 

Adam Miller, a retired NFL quarterback, has come back to Compass Cove to start over after an injury puts an end to his high-octane life. Home never figured into his plans, but when the spectacular crash to earth forces the former superstar to return to his family, Adam must build a new life from the ashes of his old one. Settling into the small town routine proves to be a challenge, but his job coaching at Jennings College gives him a sense of purpose while keeping him connected to the game he loves. 

It won't be easy, but with the help of a few meddling family members, and a little bit of small-town magic, these two lost hearts might find the love they so desperately crave.

MY REVIEW:
     Loved, loved, loved this book!  The dynamics of the family keeps this book so interesting.  As you peel away the layers of each of the characters and the role of Mia Angelis’ family or Adam Miller’s family it gives you pause.
     You see that you have Mia’s mother who I thought of a dragon lady.  She was never happy with anything, Mia.  Maybe her, her being away from her.  Yet, even then she bitched it wasn’t the right town, with the right people.  She wasn’t happy with her weight because she was soft and curvy.  Oh!  Yes, let’s not forget she hates her breast being so large too.  Nice mom, right?!
     Yet, this wonderful mom who always compared her to the sainted sister who committed suicide isn’t raising the chosen daughter’s child, Mia is.  When her parents were in a car accident killing her father, and injuring her mother who helped, Mia.  All while raising said nephew and going to college and then grad school.  But when her mom retires she bails and moves away leaving Mia alone and no family.
     So, she moves to be near her Nana in Compass Cove where she used to spend a month each summer.  She loved it.  She wanted ten-year-old Ben to experience the small town feel and community friendship she felt.  Since Jennings College Library needed someone, she moved in with Nana in her large home.
     Ben found the transition hard at first, he needed an outlet.  But she had always been raised with no team sports.  So, this one wish, her sister had for Ben, none for him either.  But he craved them all sports with a ball and he was good.
     So, after her second time in the principles office, he blew up.  Running off to be found on the football field by coach Adam Miller, an ex-NFL player.  Due to an accident, his career ended.  He was now out of the game and was the head coach at Jennings college.
     When the two meet there are sparks and so Adam surprises himself offering to take the two of them bike shopping and out to lunch.  He sees Ben struggling and how he has so much energy to get out that he is acting out.  Being he is such a big kid that other kids will goat him.  He really wants to help.  Being close to Mia is a huge plus.

     See how these two works through some very interesting situations.  The ex-girlfriend situation is one I give props for. I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com. 

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