Reviewed: 2017-10-04 - (Review Updated: 2018-01-22)
Unca D's stories have been reviewed by many, but I did not see a review for this particular story. Unca D does excellent work, and this story is no exception.
Hollis retired from being a molecular biochemist to operate a junk shop/Emporium (flea market?) he inherited from his uncle. Annie is a high school girl who works for him part time. Both of our characters are somewhat broken. Hollis' wife is a dangerous psychotic who is confined to a hospital. Annie lives in a dicey foster home because her mother is in prison for killing her father.
Events conspire to throw them closer together after Annie has to leave foster care and live in the Emporium. There is the expected conflict with Child Protective Services and others, but it doesn't damage their burgeoning relationship. What began as employer-employee changed to an almost father-daughter relationship until they realized they loved each other.
I am a big fan of romantic as opposed to stroke stories, so this one made it into my permanent collection.