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Willowleaf Lane (Hope's Crossing #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  352 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Sometimes going back is the best way to start over

Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation. To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspective, she's passing up sweet enticements left and right. But willpower doesn't come so easily when hell-raiser Spencer Gregory comes back to Hope's Crossing, bringing with him memories of broken promises and teen angst. A reti...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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I just love the covers of Hope's Crossing books. It is surprising how much a cover makes me want to pick up the book even when it is a ebook.
Hope's Crossing is such a nice community coming together and helping each other when they can. I like the idea that Charlotte as she is running past houses she is thinking do they need help or what can I do for them. Great attitude.

The plot is that Spencer has come back to run the new community rec center after his professional baseball career is ov...more
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥

My Thoughts:
Sometimes going back is the best way to start over... Are you willing to chance getting your heart broken again? Charlotte is about to find out...

Another wonderful addition to the Hope's Crossing series. I couldn't wait to hear what was going on in this community. This series from the start captured my heart and I instantly knew that I would enjoy Ms Thayne's storytelling. I can honestly say that the main character was an inspiration to me and I can guess probably to a lot of young l...more
Lila Leigh Hunter
I like the story and the characters, but had trouble with the lack of an ending build up and an epilogue. The books felts as if some chapters were missing.

My view

The book starts with the interaction between Charlotte and Spencer daughter (before she knew who the girl was). I enjoyed the way they interact together and how she identified with the girls issues when learning so little about her.

Just as Charlotte, if I had a second chance with a childhood...more
I absolutely loved this book. I requested it from Netgalley after being familiar with the author’s name, but having checked my Goodreads list, I haven’t read anything before. However, I am so glad I found this author.

This is book five in the series. I did not feel as I was missing any prior information so definitely feel it could be read as a stand alone.

I enjoyed the writing of the author. The setting and location were a very enjoyable small town. This book seemed very similar to the writing o...more
full review to come but once again RT hit it out of the park!! (pun fully intended!)

Sometimes going back is the best way to start over
Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation. To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspective, she's passing up sweet enticements left and right. But willpower doesn't come so easily when hell-raiser Spencer Gregory comes back to Hope's Crossing, bringing with him memories of broken promises and teen angst. A retired pro baseball player on the mend from...more
Hsiau Wei
This book start with Charlotte met with Spencer, who have returned to run the new community recreation centre after his glamorous downfall from his career in professional baseball. Charlotte has a huge crush on him since her teenage. She was a huge person (I m so not going to use the word fat) and she lost 80 pounds in the past two years. She owns a candy store and make her own fudge. She get to know Spence’s daughter, Peyton who make known to her that she doesn’t like living in Hope’s Crossing...more
Casey Dawes
This is the second RaeAnn Thayne book I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Charlotte, the heroine, has conquered her over-eating problem, but retained her caring, compassionate nature. Some may think she's too sweet, but I like her just fine. I also had a sense that RaeAnne had a good understanding of eating issues and that added a sense of realism to the book.

Spencer could have been a difficult character to like. Too full of himself in high school and as a professional ball player, he'd done som...more
Beth Pearson
Honestly, I think my favorite kind of romance stories are the ones where there is no sex, but plenty of yearning and temptation. LOL! Apparently, I jumped right in the middle of this series with my first RaeAnne Thayne novel but I was ok with figuring some of the side characters had been their own main character & had their own romance at some time. She explains enough of their back story that I felt up to speed.

I liked Charlotte--a previous overweight, unhappy woman who was trying to start...more
Lady Heather
May 16, 2013 Lady Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary romance
I'll post a review closer to the release date.

arc provided by Netgalley for an honest review
Also posted at my personal blog, TBR MOUNTAIN RANGE.

In the fifth book of the HOPE'S CROSSING series, the reader meets two imperfect people who are perfect for one another. The trouble is that neither of them realizes it until it's almost too late. Small town fiction at its best, this is a series you'll adore for its ability to expose human frailties and then mend with love.

Candy store owner Charlotte "Charley" Caine has always been overweight but her recent lifestyle changes have resulted in a...more
Charlotte's life is a lot different now than it was back then. No longer overweight and having to hide behind it, she's now healthier and a bit more content. Not a small feat since she is the owner of Sugar Rush, the local confectionery. However, on a quiet July afternoon, her life changes when Smokin' Hot Spencer Gregory walks through her front door. This guy is from her past and probably someone she doesn't want to remember because he stomped all over her heart back then.

Within the pages of W...more
Virginia Campbell
"Willowleaf Lane" is the fifth book in the series by author RaeAnne Thayne, but it's my first visit to the fictional community of Hope's Crossing. I have really been missing something special, and I plan to remedy that by reading the rest of the books in this delightful series. Charlotte Caine owns and operates "Sugar Rush", a successful sweet shop in her quaint little hometown. Her father, Dermot, runs the "Center of Hope Cafe", which specializes in genuine, homestyle comfort food. As a girl, C...more
I normally really like this series, I find them to be sweet. I would have felt the same with this one, except that I don't like Spencer, even after learning the truth. I don't know if I can explain it, but I never warmed up to him. He seemed like he felt like he was entitled to things, that life wronged him. I hated that when he left Hope's Crossing, he did so as fast as he could, never giving it or the people he left behind a second thought. It was only coming back with his tail between is legs...more
4.5 Stars

Raeanne Thayne’s fifth Hope’s Crossing book is packed with sympathetic, complicated characters and an abundance of issues. Charlotte’s weight issues and her transformation are handled with impressive insight. First, her motivation to change her lifestyle stems from the emotions resulting from her brother Dylan’s brush with death from injuries sustained in battle in Afghanistan. Nearly losing her brother opens her eyes to the risks she’s taking with her own life with weight-related high...more
Willowleaf Lane by RaeAnne Thayne

This is the first book of this author for me and I loved it....

Charlotte Caine grew up in a house full of boys, six before she was born, She was a shy little girl and that is probably because she couldn't get a word in. The boys loved their sister and were very protective of her though. She lost her Mom at early age and Dad and the boys raised this little girl.
Charlotte had low esteem and in school was overlooked by many because she was the fat girl, overweight m...more
Willowleaf Lane once more reinforces that RaeAnne Thayne truly understands the complex emotions of the human heart. This story revolves around Charlotte, who was formerly quite overweight, and is now building her life around her new body, when an old flame and his troubled daughter move back to town.

The way this book unfolds is a joy. The author allows you to get to know her characters and their families before she dives into the various situations in their lives.

The romance is sweet and yet e...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
This is just another wonderful and endearing book by my favorite author RaeAnne Thayne. I literally just gobbled it up in one day. This is one of those books that can take you away from your problems and giving you a comforting place to rest Let’s start with the cover. The Hope Crossing series always has the loveliest covers and this one I no different. It starts you off with such a tranquil feeling.

Then you get to the characters Charlotte Caine and Spencer Gregory. Charlotte is a woman most of...more
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Title: Willowleaf Lane

Series: Hope's Crossing book 5

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Sometimes going back is the best way to start over

Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation. To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspective, she's passing up sweet enticements left and right. But willpower doesn't come so easily when hell-raiser Spencer Gregory comes back to Hope's Crossing, bringing with him memories of broken promises and teen angst. A retired pro baseball player on the mend from injury-an...more
The very first book I read by RaeAnne Thayne was Blackberry Summer, the first book in the Hope Crossing series. I will admit I fell in love with the cover first, the covers for this whole series have been beautiful, but when I opened the book and started reading, OH my! I was quickly hooked on Ms. Thayne's work. Since then I have been impatiently awaiting each new release. Willowleaf Lane the fifth book in the Hope's Crossing series and is just as fabulous as the rest of the series. I love small...more
Willowleaf Lane: RaeAnne Thayne

Forgiveness, wrongly accused or just plain a victim of circumstances many people find themselves ostracized by past mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes are of no fault of their own while others will come back and haunt you. When Peyton Gregory enters Sugar Rush and makes small talk with Charlotte little do either of them realize that the past is about to resurface in the present and old feelings are about to come to forefront. Spencer and Charlotte were never really...more
Full review can be found here.

3.5 stars. This was a nice story, but that's about it...just nice. I liked the characters and love the setting (every time I read one of the books in this series and the characters spend time in Claire's bead shop, it always makes me want to pull out the jewelry-making supplies again), but I just couldn't seem to get too invested into the lives of the H/h. I think a major reason is because I kept feeling like parts of the story were missing and/or were glossed over....more
Julie Barrett
Willowleaf Lane by Raeanne Thayne
Like this series because it's so real, the problems, the solutions and the community working together.
This one is about Charlotte Caine and she now runs the Sugar Rush, where she makes gourmet sweets. She also has other sweets from other distributors on hand.
Spencer Gregory is back in town with his daughter Peyton who stops in to buy chocolate but is given them as a welcome to the town gift.
He doesn't realize that they knew one another when she was 15. Then she w...more
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Willowleaf Lane is the first book I've read in this series, which is set in the fictional Colorado town of Hope's Crossing. It's a warm, feel-good romance with several "issue" subplots. Hope's Crossing reminds me a little of both Creede and Ouray, Colorado: a small, charming resort town.

I admire Charlotte's determination; she was apparently heavily overweight several years before the novel begins, and has been steadily working on her weight and...more
Lisa Shirley
Willowleaf Lane is a delightful reunion story. The main characters, Charlotte and Spenser, who were friends in high school but lost contact when Spenser became a big shot ball player. His career goes to the dogs after a scandal that included sex, drugs and the death of his wife. Spenser picks up his daughter and moves back to his home town, Hope Crossing where he finds Charlotte looks different but her warm heart hasn't changed a bit.
The thing I found difficult was that the book is part of a ser...more
Kate Vale
A former fat girl and the object of her school-girl crush who returns to town with a troubled daughter are the primary characters in this fifth in the Hope's Crossing series.

The unthinking behavior of the guy as a high school senior continues to govern Charlotte's views of him and herself, only to be challenged by his changed actions now and how he wants to help her brother, recently returned from war without an eye and an arm. Complicating the picture is Spencer's daughter, who almost never ea...more
This addition to the series is about renewal and redemption. This very intense book involves a hero and heroine who have both experienced some very bad situations in their lives. They not only find healing, but
redemption along the road to each other.

(;Lucy Lala;)
This was a type of book, where it just calms your day.

With this book, you have a pretty scenery (the cover), a peaceful neighborhood, where the main character knows EVERYBODY, you have romance (but its light, which makes this book less annoying, and relaxing), and you have a motivated main character, (which I really like :)

More info later....
3.5 stars

Another good addition to the Hope's crossing series. This is a comfort read in some popular small town romances with nice characters. Charlotte and Spencer make a sweet couple.
I might have given it another star, but there is was some things about Spencer that are off-putting at first, but that makes him more realistic. He hurt Charlotte when he was a teen and her father as well when he went away and became a professional ball player. But people do things like that in real life everyday...more
Had a good storyline but thought the ending was a bit abrupt. It was enjoyable and I like the characters. I wanted more insight to a happy ending.

This book is due back at the library today, and I can't see renewing it to finish it. The Hope's Crossing series is sweet but not for me.
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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.

Life took a different t...more
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