Jared Fraser took in the cheerful and relaxed atmosphere of the packed chapel. Every pew was filled, and ushers did their best showing the guests to their seats. Surprising, because he’d been told it was going to be a small ceremony, with only close friends attending. More surprising, however, that he had received an invitation, since the wedding couple, Zach and Natasha, weren’t even programed into his phone speed dial and there were ten speed dial buttons. Or maybe twelve? He wasn’t sure.
Natasha had come to see him a few months earlier and asked him whether he would be able to help with the floral arrangements.
“Darling, I’m a landscaper, not a florist,” he’d explained.
She’d stared at him with her beautiful dark blue eyes. “Your point is?”
Pinching the bridge of his nose with his finger and thumb, he had replied, “You’ve studied at university. Didn’t they tell you about the difference?”
“Jared. I studied teaching, not botany.”
In the end, he’d given up and simply said yes.
Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.
Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?
Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.
But she will have to say goodbye again. And not only to Jared.
4 stars – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.