Grace has been in Thunder Point making a new life for herself as owner of the local floral shop. She has a best friend, Iris, but manages to keep herGrace has been in Thunder Point making a new life for herself as owner of the local floral shop. She has a best friend, Iris, but manages to keep her life as a champion figure skater a secret even from her. She leads a quiet life, like she’s on the outside looking in.
Troy a local high school teacher and also a friend of Iris – never paid much attention to Grace, until one Halloween night, then again one New Year’s Eve. He elects himself her fun coach and soon discovers they have a lot more in common that he would have thought – and he likes Grace. A lot.
Grace and Troy have fun. They have chemistry. And when a bit of Grace’s past creeps up unexpectedly their relationship is put to the test, again and again. There are laughs, there are tears. There is heat, there is romance. I keep thinking one of these days these stories are going to get old or repetitive to me, but this Thunder Point series is having the opposite effect. It’s getting better and better with each book and character. Cementing her place, ever permanently, in my automatic buy list. The stories are engaging me more and more, and at the end of this one I was so mad to find out I had to wait until July to read the next in the series!! The set up for the next story has me crazy with anticipation. It seems unnecessarily cruel!
I love this author and I am loving this series. July cannot come fast enough!! Cherise Everhard, March 2015 I received this book to read and review as part of the amazon vine program...more
Phoenix Fuller was always the odd girl in school. With an overweight mother who can’t leave the home and who has hoarding issues – Phoenix’s lack of sPhoenix Fuller was always the odd girl in school. With an overweight mother who can’t leave the home and who has hoarding issues – Phoenix’s lack of stylish clothes was the least of her worries. But for one shiny moment she felt love. She fell hard for Riley and thought he felt the same. Then everything went horribly wrong and she was left alone, scared and pregnant. Then eventually she had her baby in jail, serving a sentence for a crime she swears she didn’t commit.
Phoenix is finally free. Although most folks in Whiskey Creek would rather the murderess didn’t come back to her home town, she has nowhere else to go. She can’t leave her mom, and she is dying to get to know the son she has had no contact with since birth. She is determined to do everything right, to make this transition as easy as she can on everyone.
Riley hasn’t done anything to foster a relationship between mother and son. In fact, he has done the opposite. His number one priority has been to raise Jacob and make sure his best interests were taken care of. But now that Phoenix is back in town he can’t help feeling that maybe she deserves a second chance, and Jacob is definitely happy to get to know his mom.
I have been dying to hear Phoenix’s side of the story!! Brenda could have easily turned her into a martyr, but didn’t. Phoenix’s heart is genuinely caring, cautious, apologetic and wanting to please others. She’s not looking to be sainted, she’s not seeking apologies. She just wants to clean the slate and start over. She wants a chance with her son, she wants a life. She is willing to work hard, she isn’t looking for handouts.
Riley’s transition from the young kid who rejected her to the father of her son and then to a cautious ally and finally friend, was natural and heartwarming.
This story has been a longtime coming and well worth the wait. Phoenix was aptly named and her rebirth triumphant. Phoenix, Riley, Jacob and the Whiskey Creek crew that we know and love made this story incredibly warm, sometimes heartbreaking, but always rewarding. It was excellent