Can love set you free?
Becky Cooper has "let herself go" - at least, that's what her friends say. But as a thirty-two year old widow, Becky hasn't got time to worry about the way she looks. Her husband wasn't the man she thought he was and she's struggling to pay off his debts, raise their five year old daughter and come to terms with the past. Make-up and new clothes are way down on her list of "must-haves" and as for romance - forget about it. A man is the last thing she needs.
Her friends think she's wrong, and when the undeniably gorgeous, divorcee, Max Bedford, arrives in the village, they decide he would be perfect for her. His mum's just moved into Beckleston Hall and he's staying for a while. But Becky’s already met him, and feels he's far from perfect; he's rude, arrogant and annoying. Besides, if the gossip is true, he can have his pick of women, so he wouldn’t be interested in her.
That’s just one of the things Max and Becky disagree on. For some reason that he can't quite fathom, Max is very interested in the feisty woman he's just rescued, and whilst the last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship, dating her could be a lot of fun.
When Becky is employed to organise Lizzie Marshall's Wedding, introducing her to Max's ex-wife and a group of people whose lives seem even more complicated and confusing than her own, she begins to discover she’s not the only one with "baggage".
Can love set her free? Or will Max Bedford break her heart?