This is the first book in the Stepp Sisters series. This story concentrates on Abby the eldest, all three sisters were bullied at high school, mostly by being excluded from all activities outside school, as they were not part of the popular crowd. The favourite chant at them was the ugly Stepp sisters. Abby was cruelly called Abby-normal. The name calling and general humiliation has left scars on Abby. She was the class swat, and as soon as graduation was over she left town for college, vowing never to return. She is now a scientist, and has been given an opportunity to work with Dr.Cecil Keene at Rand Labs, the only drawback is the location, it is her home town were she vowed never to return. Once she arrives home she is staying with her younger sister Ellie who still lives in Millbrook and is the librarian at the local library. Ellie is so happy to have Abby back home even if it is only for a few months, they decide to celebrate and go out for dinner, at one of their old haunts where they used to hang out when they were younger, but who is the first person Abby sees none other than the class bad boy Chase Gordon, who still is as gorgeous today as he ever was. Abby had always had a secret crush on Chase not that he would have ever noticed her one of the ugly Stepp sisters.
This is a really wonderful love story, about two people who thought they knew what each other were like, but got it all wrong, their growing relationship was a pleasure to read, other ex-classmates were featured including a rival for Chase's affections who does her best to ruin Chase and Abby's budding romance. Mason the town mayor is heavily featured, and is a really troubled character, he features in book two with Ellie, that is next on my list.