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“Last Call at the Local” by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

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Last Call at the Local

Sarah Grunder Ruiz
Published: 2024
Age Range: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Jack is the owner of an Irish pub called The Local.  He knows changes need to be made to the family business to make it a success, but his OCD keeps getting in the way.  Enter Raine, a travelling musician who just had all of her worldly possessions stolen.  While her ADHD makes living the life her parents expect impossible, Raine’s creativity and joie de vivre make her the perfect person to enliven the pub and pull in new customers.  Jack offers her a job and a place to stay, not only to save his business, but also because he just wants her around.  Raine is grateful for the safe space to regroup and finds herself reluctant to leave the place, and people, that are feeling more and more like home to her.  This is a lovely book that represents neurodivergence thoughtfully, and shows good people being kind to each other as they try to find their place in the world. This is third in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone.