School librarian Samantha Casey loves her job, the students, and her school family with passion and joy for living. But she wasn’t always that way.
Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen.
But he wasn’t always that way.
And Sam knows it. She knew him before—at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him—but she was invisible—to him and everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan arrives as the new principal, it feels like the best thing that could happen to the school—and the worst thing that could happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.
As the school community spirals into chaos, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love.
"This charming, often lighthearted novel touches on serious issues and celebrates the power of joy to trump fear and despair.”