First of all, isn’t that cover gorgeous? Who doesn’t want to kick back in that hammock for a couple of hours? I sure do! This was a great story that completely drew me in and was difficult to put down. It was so easy to connect with the main characters as we go through their struggles. With all the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the way, I couldn’t wait to find out how things would end up. As an added bonus, an unexpected second romance blossomed in the book. I’ll let you be surprised by this extra couple, which I found to be adorable together.
Plot: As manager of the Caliente Springs Resort, Zeke Monroe is working hard to restore it to a successful business. One big step would be securing a large company’s business for their retreats and vacations. Zeke meets with an event planner from Dare To Dream Events, hoping to make that happen, and is surprised when the contact is his old college sweetheart, Julia Dare. Six years ago, Zeke, the son of a missionary, was strong in his faith while Julia was not a believer. Now their positions have reversed, and to complicate matters, Julia’s ex, Hunter, doesn’t want to let her and their son Max go easily. As much as Julia and Zeke would like a second chance at love, Hunter will do everything he can to keep that from happening, leaving Max caught in the middle.
Characters: The author did an excellent job on every one of the characters in this story. There were some I just loved and a few I didn’t like at all, but that was the point. They were so true to life. Zeke and Julia were both immediately likeable as I could understand both their journeys. Zeke’s going through a dry period and Juila’s made mistakes but found forgiveness. Hunter was a formidable foe and I found myself getting annoyed along with Julia every time he acted like a jerk. I was glad to see four-year-old Max had very age appropriate behaviors and dialog. I don’t like books where the young kids sound like adults. Of course, I must also mention one of the best characters, a quirky goat named Ladybug who provides plenty of comic relief.
Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book to those who enjoy stories of great relationships. Victoria Bylin is quickly moving up on my list of favorite authors. I can’t wait to see what she has coming up next.
Rating: 5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.