About the book: When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.
Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.
Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.
But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.
As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?
Published June 13, 2017, by Thomas Nelson
My review: At the back of this book, the author talks about writing the story of Noah and Josephine. She explains how the story practically wrote itself and how the words wouldn’t quit spilling out of her. After reading the story and the author’s note I have to say that for me the book read the same way. The words kept leaping off the page and these characters wouldn’t leave my mind. In fact, this book basically read itself.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was immediately drawn to it. The cover is so pretty and calming and inviting. I could easily imagine myself in the cottage or outside in a nice spring breeze with the soft, new grass under my feet. However, a lot of this book takes place during a snowstorm. Hardly what is pictured on the cover. Not a big deal for me but just know the story doesn’t necessarily match the cover.
As far as the story itself this is what I would consider a comfort read~realistic, flawed characters in a realistic setting. Nothing about this couple felt contrived or fake. At times I forgot they were fictional characters as I was so engrossed in their story. The story goes back and forth between the present day and a few years ago when Noah and Josephine met. These flashbacks are how we really get to know the characters and what shaped them into the people they are today and how they got to the place they are. I thought the author did a fantastic job in creating Josephine’s history and telling it little by little so the reader could connect with her and have sympathy for her situation growing up. As we learn more and more about her past it is easy to understand her in the present day. Noah was down-to-earth and it was easy to understand his feelings for Josephine and how he still loved her while being frustrated with her for some of the events that happened in the book. While reading it was easy to imagine this couple as being anybody’s neighbors in any neighborhood. This made it enjoyable to read about them. They reminded me of characters one of my favorite authors, Debbie Macomber, creates-real. These are the type of people I like to read about. Characters I can form an emotional attachment to.
The pace of this book is wonderful. The story flows easily from chapter to chapter and makes it easy to get lost in the story. I set down to read “for just a bit” and ended up reading over half the book. When I got to the end of a chapter I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next. And the descriptions were so well written that I found myself grabbing a blanket and covering up while reading about the snowstorm in the story.
This book, from cover to cover, is great! I would love to read more about these characters and their family and friends. This book would be a perfect introduction to this author. If you’ve already read books by Denise Hunter then you already know what to expect and will enjoy this book from beginning to end. Definitely a book for the keeper shelf.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of 30 novels, including “The Convenient Groom” and “A December Bride”, which have been made into Hallmark movies.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.
Denise and her husband live in Indiana, where they raised three sons, and are currently enjoying an empty nest. In 1996, Denise began her first novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books contain a strong romantic element, and her husband says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
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