About the book: Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My review: I liked the first book in this series which also happened to be my first read by this author. I was cautiously optimistic that I would like this book as much as the first. After reading just a few pages though I knew this was a book I was going to enjoy. Robin Lee Hatcher has created a town you can’t help but enjoy spending time in.
The main focus of this story is Sam and Nick who meet up again unexpectedly in Thunder Creek. Much has happened in the years since the two have seen each other. They have a bit of a rocky past and it is soon understood that a lot of their troubles are due to a lack of communication. The two attempt to put the past behind them and form a friendship but old feelings keep getting in the way. I liked how the author portrayed the relationship between these two characters. There was just enough tension in the relationship without being over-the-top and distracting.
My favorite character in the book isn’t really even a main character but a strong secondary character. Ruth Johnson is someone I would enjoy spending time with. She’s friendly and welcoming and there for the people she cares about. I love how she opens her home for Sunday dinners for whoever wants to attend. I would like to see a book with Ruth as the main character and the story centering on the people who attend the dinners and the struggles they are going through. Ruth is wise and it would be fun to see what wisdom she dished out along with the food.
This book was very easy to read. I am very fond of the author’s way of telling a story that just draws me in. Her descriptions make it easy to visualize the scenes in the story. She keeps the story going at just the right pace and adds just the right amount of detail. Nick’s job is in the irrigation field and she adds just enough detail to make it realistic without it feeling like a lesson in irrigation installment. There is a nice balance between serious subject matter and lightheartedness that keeps the story entertaining and a light read.
I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy stories set in small towns. This story definitely has that small town vibe that makes me want to return again and again.
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: Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writer of America and the winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and numerous other awards and recognitions, Robin is the author of over 75 novels/novellas. Her books have been translated into Dutch, French, and Chinese (to name a few).
Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She and her husband make their home outside of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.