Tumble is a second-chance romance story in the rural town of Dogwood Lane. Neely has lived in NYC for years and returns home after leaving her job, where she is reunited with Dane, her former boyfriend. Their breakup had been bad, and with so much time lost, both characters need to learn to forgive in order to move on.
The romantic part of their reunion took longer than I expected, but after finding out what drove Neely away, I can’t blame her for being hesitant. I also would not have been as forgiving as she was. The biggest hangup in present-day Dogwood is that Neely and Dane had are not talking to each other and not being proactive enough to reach for what they care for the most. Every story needs its conflict, but I was disappointed in these two for their lack of agency (and very disappointed in Dane for what he did in the past, regardless of the result).
Neely and Dane weren’t the most likeable characters in the story. Mia was really cute, and it introduced the gymnastics element that made the town quite unique. Neely’s mom was fun, and I like that we see her change some throughout the story as well. Grace, who is Neely’s best friend from NYC, seemed obnoxious with all of her phone-screaming and neediness. If she gets her own story, I hope her personality isn’t as bad as it seemed here.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read full of conflict. The final chapters were great (that receptionist needs her own story for sure). The town has a lot of potential for a new series, and while this couple may not have really resonated with me, the setting did. The cover art was vibrant and attractive. I look forward to future stories in Dogwood Lane!
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.