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The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March

book coverPublished: St Martin’s Press
Date: 25th September 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Rating 4.5 stars
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A man who loves adventure and the open sea, Devin Murphy returns for a short Christmas trip to his small hometown of Eternity Springs. Immersed in the joy and magic of the holiday season all around him, he doesn’t hesitate to play along when a young boy phones Santa to ask for a very special wish. Devin never guesses that a wrong number has the potential to make everything in his life so right.

Jenna Stockton adopted Reilly when he needed a mother and she intends to keep him safe. A small town across the country called Eternity Springs seems like a good place to hide from their past without any complications —until sexy Santa himself discovers her secrets. When Devin proposes a daring plan to face down the danger together and defeat it once and for all, she is tempted. Maybe Devin really is capable of making wishes come true? Perhaps in a Christmas wish they’ll both find the miracle they’ve been looking for all along…

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The Christmas Wishing Tree was a delightful read. I always love returning to Eternity Springs, and this time I was hooked by the tension engendered from what Devin might do. Would he remain in Australia or fit in with a special person and live in Eternity Springs?

Jenna and her son Reilly are being harassed quite seriously by a stalker, and after some nasty experiences they have ended up in Eternity Springs. And of course that’s the right place to come to when you are hurting. Celeste for a start will have something up her sleeve and there is a whole arsenal of very capable people who can look into this matter.

I enjoyed the characters, Devin of course is as soft as marshmellow – when it counts and Jenna is such a great mother. Reilly is delightful and his journey of discovering all about how Christmas counts and what its all about is perfect.

I loved the humor, as well as the range of emotions the story evoked in me. It was full of beloved characters from Eternity Springs, yet easily could be picked up as a stand alone.

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The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

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Published:  St Martin’s Press
Date:  27th February 2018
Format:  e-ARC
Pages: 368
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:  Publicity via NetGalley

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Goal-oriented and gorgeous, Caitlin Timberlake’s dreams took her to the top of the corporate ladder in New York City. Now years later, her goals have changed. She wants to come home to Eternity Springs and build a business and a family of her own—with the new man in town. So what if sexy mechanic Josh Tarkington wants nothing more than a fling? Caitlin is a patient woman who knows how to work hard and strategize to win what she desires. She desires Josh. Unfortunately, he has other plans.

Josh craves Caitlin and all she has to offer. However, he is a man with secrets. He has worked hard to overcome his tragic past, but he’s afraid to risk having a future because he knows trouble is never very far away. When a selfless act brings that trouble to his door, he stands to lose everything he cares about—including Caitlin. Will her love and the healing magic of Eternity Springs be enough to save him?

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The worst thing about a book I am enjoying is…. that it finishes! And much as I rue it, that’s it! I have to accept I have to leave the world that I have been enjoying and come back to reality.

First Kiss of Spring takes place in Eternity Springs, the place where so many people come to heal – and therefore when that is done, there are many well rounded, healthy families living there, plying their interesting trades and supporting each other.

Josh Tarkington has come here, he is a talented mechanic and has set up his own business. However he has a back story and we gradually learn that story as each chapter starts with an entry in his journal. Josh has had it hard, while some might think he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, that sure had a very dark lining. But… he has already fought many of his demons and while he doesn’t trust himself altogether, he really should. And he has certainly taken on board more wisdom than he realises from all the friendly people who have shared their learnings from the gently hand of Celeste – the local wise angel.

Caitlin Timberlake has returned home, she was a talented designer of homeware, but that no longer fulfils her, she has plans to open a new business in Eternity Springs. She is a little afraid of disappointing her mother, with this change of plan, but… her mother seems to have something else worrying her. And the intuitive Caitlin is picking up the vibes that all is not well in her family.  Meanwhile she is really falling for Josh and his little dog Penny.

This is another delightful story in the Eternity Springs series – #14 actually, and easily can be read as a stand alone although personally I am happy to say I have read and enjoyed all 14!  If you like small town, interesting characters, plenty happening then most likely you’d enjoy this one too.

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A Stardance Summer. Emily March

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Published: St Martin’s Press
Date: 27th June 2017
Format:e-ARC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he’s in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend’s kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.

Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she’s put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

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As I marked Stardance Summer by Emily March on Goodreads as currently reading, I noticed it was #13 in the series. How did we get that far in this romantic series I love so much. The time has sped by. These books are an auto read for me, and I love every visit to Eternity Springs where the inimitable Celeste, the ‘angel’ watches over all – especially would be couples, who need a little push and shove to find themselves, heal and reach out to true love.
This time it is Liliana who flees to Eternity Springs because she has struck trouble in her home town and she sure is hurting from it. She joins a feisty group of women out to have a good time, led by Patsy, in a way not dissimilar to the wonderful Celeste in her spirit and ways of life. 
Lilana walks right into the camp of Brick Callahan ( and don’t get me going on the Callahan men, omg – I love that gang).  It’s a bit of a shock for Lili, she sets eyes on Brick and realises she has known him as the boy next door, many years ago when he was Mark and her brother’s best friend. And… her secret love. He was very good to her but well she still wasn’t allowed into their tree house.
Along the way as these two meet up and explore their relationship now, we get to reacquaint ourselves with many of the beloved characters in this town. If you are new to the series you don’t have to have read previous books, they all stand alone, however every story is such fun.  Many of them join with Celeste to put the screws on Brick when he is following the path all Callahan men seem prone to take, as I said I just love them.
Another heart warming, delightful read and visit to Eternity Springs. One of those small towns you really wish existed and you could visit… or live!

Emily March is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Christmas in Eternity Springs Emily March

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Published: HQN
Date: October 4th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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After a devastating betrayal, Claire Branham packs up the pieces of her life, along with a twenty-million-dollar secret, and moves to Eternity Springs. She opens a specialty shop—Forever Christmas—and, with the help of a surprise romance with the town’s sexy new handyman, Claire’s heart begins to heal. Until her past comes knocking…

Jax Lancaster never questioned the need to abandon his career as a Navy submariner in order to care for his young son in the wake of his ex-wife’s death. Desperate to help with this loss, Jax straps on a tool belt to give Nicholas the one thing he wants: A life in Eternity Springs. What Jax never expected to find a second chance at love with a fascinating woman for whom Christmas has become a business. But when the truth about Claire threatens their newfound happiness, can Jax prove to her that in Eternity Springs, the spirit of Christmas is real. . .and will last a lifetime?

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Emily March again delighted me with another story set in Eternity Springs, her town in Colorado, where Celeste, the town angel, over sees and facilitates unobtrusively the healing of many a broken heart and person.
Christmas in Eternity Springs is #12 in the series, but don’t let that put you off. This can easily be read as a stand alone. However I have read them all and loved every minute of it.
This is partly the story of Nicholas, a little boy traumatised by an accident that has left him afraid of all things Christmas. We actually met him in the previous book where he overcame a fear or two. When he and his Dad pass through Eternity Springs they meet up with the gorgeous red head, Claire. Jax, Nicholas’ dad, is entranced at the first meeting.
However like many of the people who wind up in Eternity Springs they both have wounds and places that need healing. Claire has been taken for a ride by a scoundrel, and so she is leery of all things men. She no longer trusts and believes. As well, she has issues with Christmas because of previous experiences. She has some hidden talents and a secret that haunts her. Facing her dislike of Christmas she has opened a town store called Forever Christmas.
Jax is just re-establishing himself with Nicholas, he has been a navy Dad and so absent a lot. He is finding his way into fatherhood and a new life outside the navy. He has been burnt in his relationship with his previous wife – Nicholas’ mother. Her family was wealthy and he felt somewhat threatened as well. He won’t make the mistake of becoming involved with someone who has more money than him.
While this is a Christmas story it really tracks through the months leading up to Christmas, so perfect for reading now. If you feel a little blah about this festive time, this is a great read for you to renew your belief and love. If you love the season then it will just underline for you what the spirit of the season is all about.
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Reunion Pass. Emily March

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Published: St Martin’s Press
Date: April 5th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating:
5 stars                 Add to Goodreads

Six years ago, Chase Timberlake bought an engagement ring for his high school sweetheart Lori Reese. Then … life happened. Chase’s adventure photography career took off, Lori’s dream of getting into veterinary school came true, and their happily ever after never came to pass.

When Chase’s jet-setting life takes a tragic turn, he returns to Eternity Springs a damaged man. Who better to help mend his spirit than the woman who has dedicated her life to healing broken wings? Long summer days spent together rekindles the love that never died and Chase dares to dream of a future he’d thought lost. But Lori can’t help but wonder whether this high-flying man really wants a small-town girl with roots sunk deep into the Colorado Rockies. Can she and Chase turn back the hands of time and pick up where they left off — and give forever a chance?

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Reunion Pass – #11 in the Eternity Springs series and every bit as good as the first one and all those that followed. I have often wondered what went wrong for Lori and Chase, both such wonderful young people. Now some years on we meet up again and find out the full story.
I found I didn’t want to put this story down, it drew me in right from the beginning. I just totally loved it all. We get to see Lori now all grown up and ready to take on her new professional role. We see Chase with a different girl and about to get married. 
Chase has become a world adventurer, and his girlfriend Lana a TV reality star on an adventure TV series. They enjoy taking risky adventures, however when a snarky demand goes very badly wrong things sure take a twist. It is a very topical happening in today’s world, and with a few brush strokes  from Emily March’s pen and my own imagination – I am able to see the full horror of it. 
I loved our revisits with some of the other families of Eternity Springs, and of course Celeste is still active and intuitively where she needs to be, to spread her hope and faith in people and outcomes. Healing comes gradually for Chase – just when his family is beginning to despair. The way to healing is perfect and I just loved those additions to the story. Don’t want to spoil it here so not mentioning it.
While this is part of a series it could be read as a  stand alone, however every book in this series is excellent and I highly recommend every single one of them. All outstanding. 
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Heartsong Cottage. Emily March

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Heartsong Cottage
Emily March
Published: St Martin’s Press
Date: November 3rd 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 320
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Heartsong Cottage is # 10 in the Eternity Springs series by Emily March. Could you read it as a stand alone – of course, but why would you when there are just so many wonderfully heartwarming stories in the series.

This time its the turn of Daniel Garrett – he had a small part to play in a previous book when he found Holly the little girl that belongs to Hope from Miracle Road #7 in the series. His speciality is tracking down lost children. And it’s usually not a happy result so he has a special place in his heart for Holly. Usually he sees the evil side of life as he brings home dead bodies. He has a special reason for doing this difficult work, involving his son’s abduction and murder and his wife’s suicide. Hope says of Daniel “He has the heart of a warrior and the dedication of a knight in shining armor. But he’s also the loneliest man I’ve known.”

Shannon O’Toole runs the local pub in Eternity Springs and has just finished renovating the beautiful small home of Heartsong Cottage.  However she has secrets hidden in her past, secrets that keep her on edge and in fear. She is a strong loving woman but even she can only cope with so much.

Daniel and Shannon connect and as they do so in many ways their healing begins, hope begins to replace fear and evil. Darkness recedes somewhat as the warmth of love and friendship blossoms. In Eternity Springs there is a strong community of friendship that bonds the town folk, and when trouble comes visiting they’re a formidable team. Add in some of the Callahans from Brazos Bend and strength is added to strength. And on top of that there is the angel/woman Celeste who is always there at the right time with her support, encouragement and healing presence.

The story moves along at a good pace, with plenty of action, there are times of conflict and strong feelings on the part of the characters, that has them acting out before thinking things through. There is much sadness and heartache alongside healing and hope.

If you like books about friendship, strong community bonds and books that are about second chances, healing and hope then this is one for you. And one that will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end.

This story does take place around Christmas but it’s not really a Christmas story as such, this is the perfect time of the year to read this book!

4.5 stars
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Teardrop Lane. Emily March

Teardrop Lane
Emily March
Published: Ballantine Books
Date: 27th January 2015
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Town physician Rose Anderson hides a well of sadness behind her cheerful and capable professionalism. Heartbreak has only reinforced her belief that marriage and children aren’t in her future. Yet she’s a woman with a pulse—and when sexy, brooding artist Hunt Cicero shows up at her office with his young nephew, the sheer physical attraction he ignites in her is both exciting and unsettling.

Hunt has an artist’s passionate temperament and a bachelor’s lifestyle. So when he becomes guardian to his sister’s children, he’s riddled with conflict—and in way over his head. Without Rose and her warm maternal instincts, he’d be lost. Still, she’s a woman who guards her own heart, and he’s a novice when it comes to commitment. Can the healing magic of Eternity Springs shine on this patchwork family and allow Hunt and Rose to trust that love is the fabric holding them together?

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Teardrop Lane by Emily March is #9 in her Eternity Springs series.  I have followed this series with eager anticipation as each book has been published. Books that explore the story of healing and love for the two main characters.

Rose and Cicero had already been introduced in previous books so it was easy to pick up with their lives and those of their friends and relations.  Both of them have stories from their childhood and early adult years that had wounded them. Yet they have grown into gifted, creative adults.  Rose is a caring and competent physician, Cicero a gifted, passionate artist crafting exquisite works of art  with glass blowing.  He learns that Gabi Romano, his apprentice, has entered his work in a competition, that could see him winning a prestigious award, it he can come up with a piece of art that embodies a stanza of poetry form the poet Emily Dickinson about hope.  This turns out to be  a significant part of the story, providing many a crisis and numerous points of growth for Cicero.

The first half of the book moved slowly as the relationship between Rose and Cicero developed.  I thought it was okay but I was a little disappointed – I was wanting a little more ‘explosion’.  Then at about half way through – wham, things picked up and I was fully hooked.  There are challenges that confront both Cicero and Rose, things happen and their worst fears and anxieties are aroused.  While there was fear and tension present, I loved how they managed to work their way through with challenging conversations that established trust and hope.

I loved the four children who come to stay with Cicero, those of his sister who died from cancer.  She had left the custody to her dead husband’s sister and husband.  They had decided to put them in foster care because they were expecting their own first child and it was all too much.  It might have been all to much for Cicero too, but he loved those children and all of Eternity Springs came out to support him as they do.  Celeste had again her own little delightful input, and I had almost forgotten her usual last little act until it happened too for Rose and Cicero.  So deserved.  

When I had reached 99% of the story I guessed I was coming to that dreaded end.  And it wasn’t quite turning out as I had hoped.  It was good – but not perfect for the characters and what my heart hoped for.  However there were still surprises to be had in the 1%! 

Another excellent, rewarding story about the characters of Eternity Springs.  
4.5 stars

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Dreamweaver Trail. Emily March

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Dreamweaver Trail
Emily March
Publisher: Random House – Ballantine.
Published: May 27th 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she discovers a hidden talent for creating fine art glass. She also meets Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.

Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community, hoping for reconciliation and some peace. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other.

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Dreamweaver Trail is #8 in the Eternity Springs novels set mainly in Colorado.  I have loved every one of these novels and this one is no exception.  The characters are wonderful, the plot kept me totally engaged and the settings were beautiful.  Of course Celeste Blessing continues to be active and in the right place just when she is most needed.  She channels that healing energy that Eternity Springs gives to those who approach.  
This is Gabi’s story,  she is at a crossroads in her life, she is unsettled and not sure where her life is heading.  Her past has left her somewhat broken; betrayed by her ex fiancé and still recovering from shooting to kill as a policewoman, Gabi is in search of a new direction.  Now  no longer a policewoman – she never wants to tote a gun again, Gabi takes on a job in the Caribbean caring for a Newfoundland puppy, Bismarck. (Bismarck plays a big role in this book, he too will know rejection, and show his courage and loyalty more than once.)  In search of passion in her life Gabi comes across a glass blower’s art on the island, she is fired up and just knows she wants to become involved – with the art not the man!  She is ready to start dreaming big.  
Flynn is the man Gabi meets in the Caribbean, a sexy, attractive, little bit of a nerd guy and also  a little bit of a mystery. As the story unfolds it becomes apparent that he and Gabi have much in common.  They begin to bond until one idyllic day they are driven apart by a shocking event.  Flynn has never reached the point of sharing with Gabi his past, a past that has the paparazzi hounding him.  Gabi returns home to Eternity Springs, Flynn – well he moves about but eventually ends up after a traumatic time, as a recluse on the outskirts of Eternity Springs.  
I like the way the story alternates between the two characters so that most of the time as the reader you know what each character is experiencing, although we don’t hear much of Flynn’s experience when Gabi leaves the island, until he shares it with Gabi herself.  The story ranges over quite a few months, giving time for change, growth, healing.  
Dreamweaver Trail was a very satisfying read, at times horrifying, at times warm and heart touching.  As well as a warrior woman heroine and a brave, tortured hero, there are all the past characters from Eternity Springs making brief appearances, and Cicero the master glass blower making a grand entry.  He is sure to have an interesting past and the promise of a story in the future. Emily March – I just love her Eternity Springs novels.
5 stars
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Miracle Road. Emily March

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Miracle Road
Emily March
Published: Random House – Ballantine
Date: 5th November 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 354
Format: eARC – Kindle.
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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After tragedy strikes his team, college basketball coach Lucca Romano arrives in the haven of Eternity Springs to reassess his life. Even a winning record and big offers can’t dent the wall of guilt that Lucca has built around himself. Nothing can – except maybe a vibrant new neighbour who won’t give up on him.

Schoolteacher Hope Montgomery believes in miracles.  She has to believe—because giving up would mean crumbling under the greatest loss a parent can endure. Hope understands Lucca’s suffering; she lives it herself every day. However, the high school team needs his coaching expertise, so she sets out to draw him from his cold, solitary shell and into the warmth of life in their small Rocky Mountain town. But when a weak moment leads to consequences that shake Hope’s faith, it’s up to Lucca to put aside his heartache and show the teacher that here in Eternity Springs broken hearts can heal—just in time for Christmas.

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This is the 7th book in the Eternity Springs novels by Emily March.  This series is probably one of my top favorite set-in-a-small-town series.  It is right up there for me, Robyn Carr writes great small town books and so does Emily March.  I have relished every one of the Eternity Springs novels, Miracle Road being one of the best.   Mind you, I always love the one I am with!

In an Eternity Springs novel, at least one and probably two characters are going to face themselves and the greatest threats to their peace and happiness, tangle with personal demons and come out on the side of healing – because Eternity Springs has their own healing angel – Celeste Blessing.

Both Hope and Lucca carry heavy burdens, burdens that have knocked them down and affected them deeply.  Both have had different experiences – and ones that could happen to anyone, you only have to listen to the News on night television to hear sad stories similar to the ones Hope and Lucca have experienced.

There is great chemistry between Hope and Lucca from the beginning with some laugh out loud moments.  At various times one is stronger than the other, and as the story unfolds so does their growth and eventual happiness and healing.

The story is well written, there is no part in the story where it lags.  I was not tempted to skip any parts and I loved the interplay between the Romano family (Lucca’s family). Especially there horror over their mother’s love life.  Its obvious there are a few more tales to be told about his sister and brothers. Can’t wait.  I also liked that we met briefly some of the characters from previous books and it was delightful to briefly meet up with the twin girls who belong to Nic and Gabe, from the very first book. The twins  are growing up, and are looking forward to soon being in Hope’s kindergarten class.

While this book is number seven in the series, this book could easily stand alone for any reader, and is also a very fitting holiday seasonal read.

There are some books that I just have to read as soon as they are published – Eternity Springs novels by Emily March belong in that category for me.  Do you have books you just have to read straight away – they get no chance to linger on your TBR shelf?

5 stars
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Reflection Point Emily March.

Reflection Point  (Eternity Springs #6)
Emily March
Published March 2013.
368 Pages.
Ballantine Books

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Savannah Moore arrives in Eternity Springs alone, determined to put her troubled past behind her. Her handcrafted-soap shop fits right in with the magic of this warm and welcoming community—but the sexy, suspicious local sheriff promises to upset her hard-won happiness.
 
Zach Turner knows this woman means trouble: Maybe to his town. Possibly to his friends. Definitely to his heart. Something about this simmering Southern beauty does crazy things to his committed bachelor status, taunting him with possibilities far beyond his dedication to his sometimes dangerous job. So when Savannah’s dark past follows her to town, wreaking havoc with both their lives, Zach will fight for all he’s worth—for a love he can’t afford to lose.


I always enjoy this series and this one was no exception.  It was the turn of Zach this time, the local sheriff.  He is teamed up with innocent but convicted ex convict Savannah.  Many of the characters from previous books have a small part to play in this book as well.  

I liked these characters, and hopefully Gabi, a new deputy, working with Zach will get her own story.  A few new other characters were also introduced and perhaps they will have further parts to play in future stories.  There was one small surprise I actually didn’t see coming at the end. 

I enjoyed the role that Savannah’s brother played in this book and he added interest to the story, as well as playing a substantial part in the plot.

I thought the story ended too abruptly, I like things all tidied up, but as a reader was left slightly hanging.  However I know these things are sure to be tidied up in future books. I just don’t like that way as much.

If you like small town communities and haven’t tried this series – try them.