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Wild Iris Ridge

(Hope's Crossing #7)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,459 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…

And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll st
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Christine Jensen
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I was lucky enough to receive and advance copy of Wild Iris Ridge to review. I discovered RaeAnne Thayne about a year ago, and have since devoured pretty much everything thing I can find written by her. She has a great way of writing characters who feel real, and who have depth. The towns about which she writes become almost characters of their own, and Hope's Crossing is no exception to this rule. The families and characters that make up the town of Hope's Crossing remind be a bit of my own gro ...more
Katrina Epperson
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RaeAnne Thayne takes us back to Hope's Crossing for a sweet romance that deals with two people who get a chance to explore what might have been.
Lucy Drakes came to Iris House during her teen years to live wit her Aunt Annabelle. The adjustment was a difficult one considering that her mother had just overdosed and had a father who didn't want to deal with a teenager who was close in age to his new wife. What Lucy found was security and love. Her cousin, Jessie was also living there and they soon
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I read that this will be the last of the Hope Crossing books (with a caveat of maybe), I was disappointed, especially after reading Wild Iris Ridge.

RaeAnne Thayne has managed to create a town that feels so alive to me. The struggles and life itself are so real that I imagine that I’m reading about my own neighborhood or family. Only these folks are much more interesting than my relatives! (And I envision the men as MUCH cuter, too!)

Brendan and Lucy have a history that they must work through
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
We return to Hope’s Crossing with Lucy Drake. She has come back to take care of her the home left to her by her aunt. While excited to be back she is not excited to see Brendan Caine. Brenden was married to Lucy’s best friend, Jessie, who recently passed away. They had a little thing before Brendan even met Jessie. They both remember that steamy hot kiss and while Lucy has been an “aunt” to his kids, they only had to endure each other’s presence on rare occasions. Now she is back in Hope’s Cross ...more
Lorrie Dougall
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing

a good summer read

I have been a reader of RaeAnne Thayne books for years, throught the Hope's Crossing series. I am happy to say her new book, Wild Iris Ridge, did not disappoint. I enjoyed the friendship Branden and Lucy grew to have. It was fresh (although they had some history) and tender. Neither Brandon or Lucy felt their friendship could develop into a relationship because of Jessie. Jessie was Lucy's cousin and Branden's dead wife. This made their deepening friendship uncomfortable. Bran
Cheryl Riecke
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished my preview copy of Wild Iris Ridge.

I'm enchanted with RaeAnne's books and have read all the Hope's Crossing books.

As usual the characters have a slightly troubled past but through the book, this is worked out and a happy ending results.

I love RaeAnne's structure of the book and her writing style. I felt like I was in Hope's Crossing and could feel what the characters were feeling thoughout the book, that doesn't always happen when I read a book.

The main characters, Lucy and Brend
Virginia Lloyd
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wild Iris Ridge by Raeanne Thayne

Coming home left much to be desired for Lucy Drake. However, circumstances beyond her control drew her back into the heart of community, Hope's Crossing. Will she find the comfort she desires? Will her life path become clearer so she could move on? Or will she become enmeshed in the hope that some things just meant to be? Will she be able to overcome the bigger obstacle named Brendan Caine?

To see if Lucy finds her heart's desires, take a trip with her up to Wild
Lynne Evans
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
We return to Hope Springs for a last time with Brendan and Lucy. They had one date before Brendan fell in love with Lucy's cousin and best friend. Lucy returns to Hope Springs after a personal upheaval and reconnects with Brendan and his family two years after his wife's death. Lucy fits well with Brendan's family, but Brendan doesn't want to admit it. I loved reconnecting with Gen (who knew we would like her so much!) and Dylan. This was a good farewell to Hope Springs!

Miranda Holman
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Intriguing and beautifully written with so many emotions from start to finish. I love ReaAnne's style of writing, and how the characters come alive as I am reading, making me feel a part of the story. So much warmth and love as Lucy and Brendan overcome past struggles and find the hope and future in each other. Once I started, I could not put it down. The story will draw you in and leave you wishing you were a part of Hope's Crossing!
Harlequin Books
"In Thayne’s latest, her beautiful, honest storytelling goes straight to the heart. Her characters are authentically vulnerable and the light, amusing banter between them adds to the sweet warmth of this story. A well-defined plot with universal themes of love and loss make this a moving yet powerful romance" (RT Book Reviews). 4 stars

Miniseries: Hope's Crossing #7
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book was a little slow to start but once into it, it is a typical Raeanne book with lively and interesting characters, although I felt there could have been more depth as to why the main characters didn't get together 10 years earlier. It was nice to see Dermot getting his lady. I loved the way Hopes Crossing and its people have grown and evolved through the series.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brendan has 2 small children with Jessie. Jessie died of an undiagnosed heart condition when she was pregnant with their 3rd child, a son. Lucy was Jessie's cousin and best friend. She moved back to Iris House, where she lived with her great-aunt, Annabelle, after she is fired from her job. Brendan and Lucy met before she went to an internship, and kissed, she gave Brendan her name and number but Brendan didn't call, he met Jessie, and started dating her, and one year later he proposed. Lucy has ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it

I enjoy Hope's Crossing series. The secondary characters are old friends that we can catch up on their lives. The main characters are likeable.

Lucy has come to Hope's Crossing at a time in her life is in a crisis. She has been left a big house and she is thinking of turning it into a bed and breakfast.

Lucy years ago had shared one kiss with Brendan. Then Brendan started dating her best friend. Since then she has tried to stay away from him. But she loves his children. So she is not happy
Michelle N
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ouab
Lucy Drake was a Marketing Director at a Fortune 500 company but she has just lost her job due to a bad product launch. Now she has returned to her Great Aunt's house in Hope's Crossing. This is the only place she feels safe and comfortable and that's what she desperately needs right now as she puts the pieces of her life back together. As luck would have it, her arrival had it's challenges which almost immediately called for the need of the Fire Department. This is exactly what she needed to ru ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of RaeAnne’s that I have read and the second book that I have read in this series. I thought that RaeAnne did a great job of giving enough detail about the characters that allowed you to feel like you really knew who they were. In addition, I think she did a great job of making this story able to stand on its own as if it wasn’t part of the series. The only reason that I knew that it was part of a series is 1) I read the previous book before this one and 2) it said it was ...more
Lynne Ernst
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RaeAnne Thayne hits it out of the park with her current book Wild Iris Ridge. Lucy came to Hope's Crossing as a troubled teen and quickly left town and succeeded in marketing. Product launch failure finds her out of a job so Lucy heads back to Hope's Crossing to open a bed and breakfast in the old house left to her by her great aunt. On her first night back Lucy starts a fire in the chimney and who arrives but the Fire Chief Brendan Caine. He was a long ago interest and her departed cousin's wid ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
I could NOT put RaeAnne Thayne's Wild Iris Ridge down! If I could give this book 6 stars I would. I love ALL of RaeAnne's Hope's Crossing books, but she definitely saved the best for the last. I felt everything in this book. I laughed, I cried, I got excited, I swooned, I felt loss, I felt hope, I even squealed out loud. I was even a little jealous because I want Brendan all to myself. ;) Wild Iris Ridge is such a heartfelt story. I was very sad to see this book end, and I was even sadder knowin ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Drake comes back to Hope Crossing after losing her job and inheriting Iris House from her aunt Anabelle. Her cousin Jessie and Anabelle were going to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast but they both died before they could accomplish that. Lucy thinks it is a great idea and that is what she is planning to do with Iris House. Brendan Caine is the fire chief in town and was married to Lucy's cousin Jessie and they had two children Faith and Carter. Lucy and Brendan had shared a kiss years ago be ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky and received an advanced reader copy of Wild Iris Ridge. This was my first Hope's Crossing experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hope's Crossing is a small town where community and family matter. This is Brendan and Lucy's story. Brendan is the local fire chief, a widower with two young children. Lucy is his children's godmother. She left town after high school to make her way in the big city, only visiting occasionally, until she lost her job and decided to return to the only place
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
I'm lucky to have been given a copy before it's released. This story had me grinning ear to ear hoping there would be a happy ending. Lucy comes to Hope's Crossing after she gets fired to take care of her great aunt Annabelle's home and turn it into a bed and breakfast. Her first night there she almost burns the place down and the fire chief Brendan Caine shows up. Both Lucy and Brendan cannot forget the kiss both of them shared long ago. Brendan's wife and Lucy's cousin died two years ago due ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wild-iris-ridge
What a wonderful book!! This is the story of Brendan Caine and Lucy Drake. Brendan was married to Lucy's best friend and cousin Jessie, something Lucy never got over after he kissed her before he ever hooked up with Jessie. Secretly she always wanted to be with Brendan, but it was impossible for them as he was married to Jessie and had two children with her. She dies of a heart attack and loses their third baby. He tries to move on after her death and finds himself still thinking of Lucy. Lucy c ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RaeAnn has done it again! First of all, the Hope's Crossing series has been one of my favorites of all time. The way she has developed all of the secondary characters in each story with some leading into their own book, yet still returning in other books allows the reader to have such intimate knowledge of the characters. Lucy and Brendan have fireworks going off as soon as they see each other but try like their life depends on it to dislike each other. If you haven't read this series, you can s ...more
Jennifer Rafuse
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have fell in love with this series from book one...hated to see it end but what an ending to an awesome series.cannot wait for more from Raeanne.
Lucy was best friends with Brendans wife Jessie, but Lucy always had feelings for Brendan and loved there kids. When her Aunt dies and leaves her the Queen Anne house she goes back to her hometown to fix up the place and get ready to sell it. But things do not turn out as you want them to.
She runs into Brendan and tells her of the plans, she starts to
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brendan and Jessie shared one kiss in the past and then he married her best friend, Lucy. Brendan and Lucy share a life and two children. When Lucy dies Brendan is devastated and tries to get on with his life.

Lucy couldn’t wait to leave Hope’s Crossing but she is back to take care of her Queen Anne home left to her by her aunt. Brendan and Lucy get reacquainted and learn things about each other realizing that they thought they knew each other but really didn’t. They begin to build a friendship t
Diana Montgomery
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wild Iris Ridge
By: RaeAnne Thayne

Another great story written beautifully by RaeAnne Thayne. A wonderful romance story. Bringing the feelings back after a love marries your best friend. Lucy's friend Jessie marries Brandon. Jessie dies and leaves Brandon with two little ones to raise.
Lucy has left town but she is back to care for the Queen Anne home her aunt left her when she passed away. This shouldn't be a problem at all till she sees Brandon again. Or will it be? I love the way the characters
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful ending to the Hope's Crossing series! This is a book that you read and you cannot stop reading it! Lucy Drake returns to town after losing her job and deciding she wants to open a B&B in her aunt's old house. Brendan Caine, is the one who got away. The one who she dated and left to go to college and whom fell in love and married her cousin. He is now a widow with two kids who is trying to deal with Lucy returning to town.

The relationship that develops and gradually grows fr
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RaeAnne ThayneI received the book before release as a member of the review crew. I have enjoyed all of RaeAnne Thayne's books set in Hope's Crossing. This one was the best. I am disappointed that this is the last story in the series. There are still stories to be told. How can you not love a story that includes little children, puppies, a big sister looking out for her younger sister and the growing love between two people who thought they couldn't be in the same room?
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the last of the Hope's Crossing books. I really hated to see the end. Once again RaeAnne Thayne has written a book with much heart and warmth. The characters have a past and a tragedy to overcome. Those are overcome with realistic struggles, humor and heartache. The path may be torturous and twisted, but it leads to the happiness and love we all desire for ourselves.
Sherry Bohrmueller
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading my preview copy of Wild Iris Ridge. I love this series, Hopes Crossing, this one didn't disappoint at all. Love the story of Brendan and Lucy. RaeAnne writes so well that the characters come alive. This is one of my favorite series to read.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was cheering for Brendan and Lucy from the very beginning! I think this is my favorite book in this series! I truly love this whole town and all the folks in it!!!
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