In a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it’s an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can’t pass up, for Alycia’s sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad’s best friend since boyhood, isn’t keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad’s dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.
The thing about romance novels is that it is pretty clear very early on which characters are going to end up together. Due to the fact that the couple is pretty obvious, I always judge romance stories by the process by which the characters end up together.
I thought this was a nice take on the quintessential romance story. Brooklyn and Chad offer interesting characters with interesting conflicts. I thought the addition of Chad wanting to buy some of her property and her having specific plans for said property offered a bit of question and wondering how it would be resolved.
This story offered a nice lesson that people can make mistakes and redeem them, even from the grave at times. It is a quick read that would be perfect for an afternoon at the pool, on the beach, or in front of the fireplace.
If you enjoy light-hearted romances, this is an endearing choice.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.