Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

Book description:

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe–a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?
Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love, Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now–five years later.
As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

My review:

I enjoyed this book. I was happy to revisit some of my favorite characters in Noah and Josephine from a previous Hunter book. There is always a sense of seeing old friends when characters pop up in subsequent books, even if they are not sequels. It seemed as if Brady and Hope might have a story of their own coming up at some point.

One thing I really liked about this book was that the characters were depicted as Christians that had made many mistakes in their lives. The fact is that Christians sometimes make mistakes and have children or live together without being married. The most important thing is that they make the changes in their lives to reflect God’s will.

I do wish that there was a little more clarity of Zoe and her father’s relationship. It was never quite clear why there was so much conflict between them and I would have liked to have seen that relationship explored a bit more.

The only criticism that I have of this book is that it almost seemed to try to do too much toward the end with Kyle and Zoe and it felt a little rushed. It was easy to see where it was going and it might have made more sense had Hunter gone a different direction.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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