New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Violet Duke debuts an emotional series about letting go, starting over, and trusting in the redemptive power of love.
Emma Stevens is ready for a fresh start in Juniper Hills, but she still lives with the impossible guilt of her past: having failed to rescue her little stepbrother from a fire that decimated her childhood home and her family. Her next-door neighbor may have been the one to drag her out of the burning building that night, but it doesn’t exonerate him since he caused the fire. Not even when he shows up fourteen years later to help salvage her bakery.
Jake Rowan may not have been able to save Emma’s brother from the fire, but at least he was able to save his own brother. By taking the fall and the punishment for him, Jake managed to protect his older brother’s future…but it cost him the girl of his dreams.
Now Jake finds himself on Emma’s doorstep once again. Not to save her life this time, but to repair it. And more importantly, her heart, if she’ll let him.
There are times when life throws you a curve ball. Sometimes for the good, other times it’s a path that haunts your soul. For Emma – a unforgettable night from her past changes the course of her life. Fleeing from the memories and the pain, Emma pulls up roots and heads to Juniper Hills with her sister in tow. Planning a ‘new’ life that leaves those unpleasant memories by the wayside.
In Juniper Hills, Emma owns her own bakery. A way to provide a nice life for her sister with the support from their newly adopted town. With the demands of custom creations, running the bakery and taking care of Megan – Emma rarely has time for a love life. Something that has been more of an irritant of late. Why couldn’t Emma find someone that wanted her AND the life she established?
After a flood at the bakery, Emma finds herself face to face with the one person from her past that still torments her thoughts. The Jake standing in Emma’s bakery is a far cry from the young boy from the past. He has been battered and broken in his own right, but Jake definitely still feels everything that remained in his heart for the girl next door. As Emma struggles to overcome her pain from the past, Jake shows her that the heart can heal in ways you wouldn’t expect. Can these two overcome the stigma and pain that ripped them apart?
First let me say I was excited to jump into a new series by Violet Duke!! When diving into a book by Duke, you know its going to be pretty good. The plot of this book revolves around Emma and Jake. Two next door neighbors that were toying with more than friendship when tragedy struck. Through a series of unexpected events, they find themselves back in the same place again. The pain from the past still taints the obvious attraction that the two feel. With their paths intertwined, Jake and Emma feel the heartache that plagues them both.
All I Want is the sweet type of romance that leaves you with a smile on your face. A perfect beginning to a series that is simply the epitome of all that Violet Duke graces her readers with.