Hope’s Crossing #2
#1 – Blackberry Summer
Romance – Contemporary (Clean), Published March 27, 2012
Challenges: NetGalley Month (Jan)
Read January 2012, 384 pp
It’s never too late for love in Hope’s Crossing…
Evie Blanchard was at the top of her field in the city of angels. But when an emotional year forces her to walk away from her job as a physical therapist, she moves from Los Angeles to Hope’s Crossing seeking a quieter life. So the last thing she needs is to get involved with the handsome, arrogant Brodie Thorne and his injured daughter, Taryn.
A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs…even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them. And despite her vow to keep an emotional distance, Evie can’t help but be moved by Taryn’s spirit, or Brodie’s determination to win her help—and her heart. With laughter, courage and more than a little help from the kindhearted people of Hope’s Crossing, Taryn may get the healing she deserves—and Evie and Brodie might just find a love they never knew could exist.
First Impressions (Out of all the books I have to read, why this one?):
This was one of my most anticipated books for 2012 because I loved the first book so much! When I saw it on NetGalley, I just had to request it!
This book was so sweet and I’m glad to be back in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado! The first book in the series, Blackberry Summer, left us with Claire slowly recovering from the highway accident that left many of the local residents reeling from the death of one local teenager and one in a coma. Woodrose Mountain focuses on Taryn, the teenager who spent months in a coma and is now coming home. Evie, the hippie beadster, who lives in the apartment above Claire’s bead store, used to be a physical therapist until the death of one special patient caused her to move to a new town and start a whole new life. Taryn’s father, Brodie, begs Evie to come help Taryn relearn to talk and walk, not knowing how it will truly affect her.
The recovery is not easy, and while Evie is very reluctant to become close to another patient, she can’t help but fall in love with Taryn, despite her teenager stubbornness, and her closed up heart even starts to open a little for Brodie. I loved that we got a glimpse of past Hope’s Crossing residents but also that a new group becomes the highlight of this story. Although she’s very stubborn, I loved Taryn’s sense of humor and Evie’s dog, Jacques.
Everyone in town has to start learning to open up their broken hearts and learn to love again. If you are in need of a love story or a visit from the Angel of Hope this spring, be sure to check out Hope’s Crossing. It’s a town I wish I could visit in real life! You do not have to have read the first book in the series to enjoy this one, but I would recommend both!
Quotes: (quoted from ARC, will double check against hard copy when I get one!)
On a warm summer evening, the homes and buildings of Hope’s Crossing nestled among the trees like brightly colored stones in a drawer – a brilliant lapis-lazuli roof here, a carnelian-painted garage here, the warm topaz of the old hospital bricks.
Next in the series:
- Sweet Laurel Falls/HQN/October 2012
Susan Wigg’s The Lakeshore Chronicles, Heather Webber’s Lucy Valentine Series, Sarah Addison Allen
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.