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to @katherinecenter on the release of from @stmartinspress! 📘🏫🌟🐳

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance


Elementary school librarian, Samantha (Sam), loves her job but after the unexpected loss of her beloved principal, Max, she is shocked to discover that his replacement is none other than her former crush, Duncan. Will the feelings she’s worked so hard to squash return as well?

“Pay attention to the things that connect you with joy.”

I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure about this story line or characters Sam and Duncan at the beginning of this book but boy, did they grow on me! So much so that the more I learned about them, the more my rating grew from a 3 to a 4 to a 5. This author never disappoints and her books are infused with joy, whimsy, humor, and always big emotions at unexpected times. I absolutely loved this story and it brought tears (of joy and sadness) to my eyes quite a few times. I loved the author’s previous book Things You Save in a Fire very much, but this is definitely my new favorite!

“Joy was cumulative… it wasn’t about finding one big thing—but about collecting as many tiny pieces as you could.”

If you loved the whale part of this book as much as I did, then I would highly recommend Keep Me Afloat (5 stars) by Jennifer Gold.

Location: Galveston Island, Texas

I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.