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When a workaholic graphic designer and a handsome pastor meet at a funeral on the tropical island of Mimosa Key, an unexpected attraction surfaces.
But the timing isn’t right for either of them.
Andrea (Andi) Morgan is working toward a promotion to art director of a lifestyle magazine in Minnesota when she is called to Florida for the funeral of her mother’s significant other. She takes a three-day funeral leave and is surprised to learn that her mother has dementia and can no longer live in the house alone.
Andi is torn between work and family, and is overwhelmed by the items on her to-do list that need to be done in three days.
Matthew (Matt) Cooke, assistant pastor at Hope Presbyterian Church, is the bearer of bad news for both the funeral and her mother’s health condition. But he redeems himself with carefully chosen words and his comforting touch settles into all the right places as he helps Andi navigate the process of moving her mother into a memory care facility.
Andi extends her family leave for another week and the connection between them grows. She is also able to begin repairing the relationship with her mother, who she hasn’t seen in four years.
But behind his seemingly perfect exterior, Matt carries a secret that he waits too long to reveal to Andi for fear that she won’t want him. He looks for the right time, but something always comes up. She learns from the gossipy church secretary that he has a 10-year-old daughter. He never married the mother, who he’d known since high school, and he shares that it was the ultimate act of grace that the church membership installed him as assistant pastor even with his past.
Although she is shocked at the news, Andi is less upset about the fact that he has a daughter and more concerned that he didn’t trust her enough to share the information. And just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, the art director promotion is given to someone else in her absence. To top it off, her mother doesn’t remember her when she goes to play bingo with her and all seems lost.
But Andi has a change of heart when she receives much-needed words of wisdom from the church secretary and sees Matt practicing softball with his daughter. She decides to stay in Mimosa Key, start her own freelance graphic design business and put family before her career.
What she saw as an interruption in her life a week ago has turned out to be so much more: a repaired relationship with her mother, a God-loving man and a little girl she could look forward to building a future with.