Blackberry Summer (Hope's Crossing #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A string of robberies leads ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What she didn't need was a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Cl ...more
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 ...more
Not really recommended, but it's not so bad that I'll say avoid it at all costs.
Love the cover, love love blackberries!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Life took a different t ...more