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Blackberry Summer (Hope's Crossing #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  2,366 Ratings  ·  237 Reviews
Claire Bradford needed a wake-up call.

What she didn't need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that's what she tells herself, especially when her best friend's sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chie

Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by HQN Books
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3.5 Stars! A lovely start to this series!

After reading Christmas in Snowflake Canyon, a book that I absolutely adored, I had to go back and start at the beginning. I had no idea it was the 6th book in RaeAnne Thayne's Hope's Crossing series, and so many of the characters caught my attention, that I needed to read their stories too! I've read a few other books by this author and one thing she always manages to do is touch my heart, and it was no different here. I love the hometown, close-knit co
I love how sometimes a book that you don't expect to like sneaks up on you and sucks you in. Blackberry Summer was like that for me. I expected it to be another story of a quaint small town such as seem to be flooding the market lately. And it was and it wasn't. There were definite sweet scenes and feel good actions but they were counter balanced by some really bad stuff. Nothing seemed contrived, as if the author had just included a scene to move the plot along. Neither were there scenes where ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Sherry rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I love about romance novels, and I don't say that lightly. It's been far too long since I picked up a book that made me want to keep reading instead of doing something else. I'm not happy that I feel that way because since I was a kid, reading has been my favorite thing to do. I've been saddened lately that so many books have been a chore to get through. In fact, I've been searching for a book--any book--that might remind me why I used to love to read in the first place. ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 16, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Bitter, bitter disappointment! It's a good thing I've read other books by RaeAnne Thayne because this would not have been a good introduction. Both protagonists are weak in ways that would be disastrous in tandem.

Riley is the worst because his emotional weakness is persistent, obviously unhealthy, and clichéd, to boot. It's not just that he is traumatized by his father leaving their family and he fears he'd only do the same. That's bad, but it plays even worse when coupled with his acceptance of
Fantastic book. I love small town stories and this is one of the best. All the characters are very realistic with hopes and dreams and problems that any one of us could experience. When tragedy strikes the town it's the way they deal with it that will make or break the ones living it.

Claire is a divorced mother of two. She owns a bead store that is doing pretty well but will never make her rich. She lives in the same town as her ex and his new wife so that her kids can see their father on a regu
May 13, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Set in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. Claire Bradford is the owner of a successful bead shop. She is a single mom with two kids living a predictable life. She has no time for romance. At least that is what she keeps telling herself. So why does her best friend's younger brother Riley seem so darn sexy and hot? He has returned to be the the new chief of police of this boring little town when he was some big shot on the police force in California. It just doesn't make sense.

A string of robberies leads
Jennifer Estep
Blackberry Summer by RaeAnne Thayne is the first book in her Hope's Crossing contemporary romance series.

Claire Bradford is happy running her bead shop in the small town of Hope's Crossing, Colorado. The divorced mother of two doesn't think that she has time for romance until she meets the new sheriff, Riley McKnight. Claire has known Riley for years since he's the younger brother of one of her best friends. Claire is used to taking care of everyone else, but when she's injured in a car accident
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
Jun 30, 2012 Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
You can find this entire review at Forever Book Lover.

I knew from the first few pages, that I was going to love this book. Immediately the characters and the town surround you with a warm welcome, like coming home.

I had the ARC for the next book in the series, Woodrose Mountain, and knowing it was the second book of the Hope Crossing series. I don’t like to read a series out of sequence, and just by reading the blurb I knew in order for a more effective review I needed to read Blackberry Summer

While the writing isn't all bad, the author predominantly tells instead of shows. There are too many minor and major info dumps, and too many little schmaltzy anecdotes inserted in the middle of conversations. The book is riddled with cardboard characters, each one more stereotyped than the last. The small town atmosphere vacillates between heartwarming and mean-spirited.

Claire is way too "perfect." She thinks it's a major character flaw in herself that she can't be "true friends" with her
Oct 10, 2011 Rob rated it it was ok
This was a Free book in exchange for an honest was just an ok read for me, way too many secondary characters and what's going on in their lives, had a hard time following all of that, I did love Riley's humor, as well as the history between him & Claire, however the romance was lacking, not enough for my taste. It was extremely boring in parts, that just seemed to drag on...

What she didn't need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Cl
Eric Bingham
Jul 06, 2011 Eric Bingham rated it it was ok
My wife and I read this book for our book club, and I have to say that it was my first (and hopefully my last) Harlequin Romance. We both had the same opinion of this book. It was a somewhat dull storyline that drags on and on with occasional "steamy/sappy" paragraphs here and there. (These paragraphs really do come out of nowhere.) I was hoping that this book would be fairly clean since it was written by an Christian (LDS) author, but I was disappointed there also. (I know, I shouldn't expect a ...more
Terri Wino
Dec 21, 2014 Terri Wino rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2015
3-1/2 stars for this one. I discovered this author when I read a holiday story, Christmas in Snowflake Canyon, not realizing it was part of a series. I really enjoyed that book so I decided to read the series from the beginning.
This is the first book in the Hope's Crossing series and while I didn't find it quite as good as Christmas in Snowflake Canyon, I still liked it a lot.
A nice love story without a bunch of sex throughout the book. Down to earth, realistic characters who are both afraid to
Mandie Kok
Dec 02, 2015 Mandie Kok rated it liked it
A mediocre romance novel, I think. I mean, nothing really happens here. The reader gets to peek at life in a small town, but there is no plot to speak of and the romance is dead in the water throughout the story. Although the imagery of the small town and the cosy homes offered a pleasant experience, there is very little here to entertain or intrigue.

Not really recommended, but it's not so bad that I'll say avoid it at all costs.
Sep 15, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! So excited to read the next book.
Jun 10, 2011 emmegail rated it really liked it
Shelves: don-t-own, for-review
First Impressions (Out of all the books I have to read, why this one?):

Love the cover, love love blackberries!

My Thoughts:

Still love blackberries and all the residents of Blackberry Lane (including cranky Mrs. Redmond)! This was a great way to start off my summer reading kick!

Most of the novel revolves around a tragic accident that directly affects most of the Hope’s Crossing residents. Claire has known Riley, her best friend’s pesky younger brother, forever. When he comes back to town to take o
May 23, 2011 L_manning rated it liked it
I'm sort of torn over this book. There were parts I loved, and parts I didn't really like much. In fairness, I'm not really a romance fan. I guess I should say I'm not an UST/angst fan. There seemed to be a lot of that in this book. The constant pining made me want to tear my hair out. I just want them to make up their minds and get on with it.

That being said, there were some really fantastic parts of this book. I loved the sense of community in this small town. The author did a really great jo
Jun 20, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
The book has a mystery character who is never fully revealed (though I have a guess about who he is). It has the shallow ex-husband and the clueless bimbo second wife. Add in a couple of cute kids and life-long friends and you have a story that showcases not only romance but true love in all its forms.

As romances go, it is on the clean end of the spectrum. They get hot and heavy on the couch once, but don't get past partially disrobing before calling it quits.

In short, this was a fun, reasonab
Linda Bourg
Aug 01, 2014 Linda Bourg rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Just a small town girl living in a lonely world...until her Best Friends Brother moves back into town as the Chief of Police. He has secretly loved her since he was in his teens, but other circumstances came between them. But He is back and still has those strong feelings for her. Great love story, but could use less of the foul language used. Also a good storyline, of a home town that comes together in a tragedy and uplifts one another in and through a difficult time. All in all it was a good b ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
This was a good story from the first page. The story of a small town where the community is close knit and like one big family. The characters are easy to know and entertaining. I am a first time reader of the author, RaeAnne Thayne. I will be looking for more of her books. Her story flowed from page to page and made reading this book entertaining. It was, in my opinion, a page turner. Highly recommend.
Aug 13, 2013 Stacy rated it it was amazing
This was s great start to a new series. This is a new author for me. I liked her writing and will definitely read this series. I loved the fact that this was set in Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. I am living there right now and understand a little about the area. It was nice to finally read a book that is set in a place that I have lived. Definitely recommend.
Apr 04, 2015 LizH rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Divorced mom of 2 gets into car wreck that may or may not be the town's bad boy turned good cop's fault. Most of the book is wishy washy of mutual attraction yet failure to admit and commit. Fast read, and I think there may be something to this series, so I will continue on.
Sep 05, 2013 Jayme rated it it was amazing
I love this book, this is one of those books that you reread often
If this book is any indication, this is going to be the best series I've read in a long time. I can't wait to start on the second book, Woodrose Mountain! :)
Dec 10, 2014 harley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Robyn Carr
Love me some small town romance.
Thelma Santos
Jan 19, 2017 Thelma Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There should be more people like Claire.

The characters are so alive you can almost see and feel with them. She inspires people to be more nurturing. The world would definitely be a good place to live in.

Feb 17, 2017 Jackie rated it really liked it
Cute, like her other books.
Johanna Juntunen
Jan 12, 2017 Johanna Juntunen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Hyvä kirja. Yksi niistä jotka suorastaan ahmii kun alkuun pääsee. Osa sivuista irronnut eli loppuosaa on kohdeltava varoen.
Dec 28, 2016 Marcia rated it really liked it
It was a fun romantic story!
Dec 31, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Loved it!
Oct 30, 2016 Juliewheatcox.Net rated it liked it
Loved the town, loved the characters, but the romance was mostly angst. It got tiresome.
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I'm not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

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