HOLD TIGHT (Bridgeport Social Club #3)

HOLD TIGHT                                  SHELLEY SHEPARD GREY

Jackson Koch had already lost his wife to cancer when the town's coal mines shut down and his job was gone too. So, with a three-year-old daughter to care for and a broken heart to mend, he moved across the country to find a new life in Bridgeport, Ohio. Now he tends bar by night and tries to navigate life as a single dad by day. Luckily, his neighbor is happy to babysit while he works late nights. She's great with little Kate, beautiful, kind ... and lately, he's found himself smiling whenever he thinks about her.

Dani Brown also knows what it's like to lose a spouse and raise a child on her own. Cleaning houses during the day, and taking online classes at night, she dreams of running her own preschool someday. And, since her fourteen-year-old son Jeremy's baseball team requires a lot of money, she's thrilled to earn some extra cash by watching her handsome neighbor's adorable little girl. But even with two jobs, she's having trouble making ends meet.

When Jackson sees Dani running herself ragged for her son's baseball ambitions he decides it's time to get the Bridgeport Social Club involved. Together they cook up a plan. They will run a charity poker tournament to support Jeremy's dream and help out a hardworking single mom. But will Dani be able to accept help from the handsome neighbor she's starting to feel more-than-friendly feelings for? And how far is she ready to let those feelings go?

Get ready to fall in love with Shelley Shepard Gray's Bridgeport Social Club again, where a poker night is so much more than a game of cards and an extraordinary community of ordinary men and women come together to offer love, light, and hope to everyone they encounter.


This was a totally clean tale that was a pleasure to read.  It is a truthful story, of average people, living simple lives, ones who struggle to make ends meet, to fit in, to not feel alone, or lonely.  Real, salt of the earth, people.
     The people are Jackson Kosh about thirty or thirty-one.  I would guess who is from Virginia where he was a miner.  He loved his work, unfortunately, not only did he lose his wife to cancer.  He lost his job when the mine closed.  Being depressed when he has a toddler to raise is not good.  So, friends who had moved to Bridgeport, Ohio told that he needed to follow.
     They told him it was a great place to raise a child the community was bigger and there were more opportunities.  Jackson also figured less ghost of his wife there also.  He loved her immensely, but it was time to move on and live his life for Kate’s sake.
     He did and met Dani Brown when he was getting their mail.  Kate liked her so he asked if she would be interested in sitting evenings when he bartended.  She said, yes.  You see she is a widow, about thirty-three, with a fourteen-year-old son.  Her day job she cleans houses and then she takes college courses on-line.
     After six months their friendship has progressed, and more info passed.  That’s when Jackson finds out Jeremy has been asked to play on a traveling baseball league.  He’s that good.  Which cost big bucks which he knows is more than Dani makes.  He wants to help.
     Jackson has a plan to help…
     This is a fun read.  I really enjoyed the characters they were really down to earth and friends all of wish we could find and hold on too.  Slow in a few parts but not bad at all.  I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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