Published: February 2014, Covenant Communications, 260 pages
Genre: LDS Fiction/Romance
This is a companion book to The Orchard (click on the link to see my review).
Description: Jetsetter Elizabeth Embry is the toast of the town. A rising star in the fashion industry, she has traveled the world and lived a life of glamour and fortune. But beneath her carefree façade, Elizabeth is running from a past that won’t let her rest. When a former colleague reaches out with a job offer in the sleepy town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Elizabeth feels a spark of hope—perhaps this drastic change of scene will finally allow her to slow down. Envisioning an idyllic getaway at the mountainous bed & breakfast that has been arranged for her, Elizabeth is caught off guard by her immediate attraction to the aloof innkeeper. Ryan Brennan is certainly handsome, but what secrets hide behind that withdrawn exterior? Surrounded by people bent on playing matchmaker, the stage is set for a picture-perfect romance. But as past heartache threatens to overwhelm them both, can Elizabeth and Ryan let go of their pain and grab hold of a promising future together?
My Review: When I was growing up, my family would go on a big vacation every summer and it was almost always camping just outside of Jackson Hole, WY. We would go into town and shop and we'd always do a few hikes. I loved the setting in this book because it brought back a lot of memories and I could visualize it all so well.
Elizabeth is a successful career woman who has been all over the world. A good friend persuades her to come to Jackson Hole to try out her boutique in hopes of her becoming a partner. Ryan is a widowed man with three children who helps his parents run a Bed and Breakfast. Neither one of them is looking for love...but sometimes, that's when it happens.
I got married young, so I couldn't relate to Elizabeth's way of thinking, yet she was a very likable character. She's seen it all and seems ready for a change. She has so many walls put up around herself, but when push comes to shove, she knows deep down what she wants out of life.
Ryan was great--patiently impatient and always seemed to bring a little unintended twist to a situation. I loved the relationship he had with his family, especially his kids.
I LOVED the part about Nora trying to set Elizabeth up. :)
Content: no language or violence; a scary situation; this is LDS fiction and it talks quite a bit about religion, especially towards the end; kissing. Clean!
**I won a copy in a giveaway and this in no way influenced my opinion**
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