Dreamweaver Trail. Emily March

Dreamweaver Trail

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.

My thoughts
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

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

Summary from Goodreads.

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.

My thoughts:
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

Reflection Point Emily March.

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

Goodreads Summary.

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.