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The First Kiss of Spring

(Eternity Springs #14)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,177 ratings  ·  340 reviews
Spring has come to Eternity Springs in the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.

When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.

After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication.

A Touching story of home, family, and redemption.

At first glance, Josh Tarkington is an ordinary resident of Eternity Springs, an auto mechanic by trade, but unknown to many, he may be one of the unluckiest people on planet earth.

So, it’s just his luck when he gets stuck on a gondola ride. However, he manages to pass the time with Caitlin Timberlake, who is in Colorado for a wedding. Before all is said and done, h
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
What first drew me to this book is its lovely cover. I wish my house and yard looked that pretty! I was so taken with the cover that I didn’t realize that THE FIRST KISS OF SPRING is the fourteenth book in the Eternity Springs series. It appears that I have only read 1 other book in this series, so I was a bit worried I would be a little lost. I am happy to say that this book works great as a standalone!

Then the book started hitting one of my sensitive issues – child abuse. It didn’t go to deep,
His past is one of the best kept secrets in Eternity Springs and Josh Tarkington wants to keep it that way. His greatest fear? His past has cost him dearly and he has vowed never to taint anyone with his affections or to risk having his heart shredded again. Josh didn’t count on a chance encounter with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake who has come home to find that everything she left behind just may be exactly what she needs in her small town.

Caitlin is an idealist, perhaps sometimes a little too
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is it not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13;4-7

Where to start with this one … First off, I love this quote and reading it reminds me why I prefer to read romance over any other g
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Caitlin and Josh together.

Caitlin knew from the moment that she met Josh that he was the one for her. Needless to say, Josh doesn’t feel the same way. Josh has had some ruff times during his life, nothing but bad luck, so he tells Caitlin that they can never be more than friends. That he has nothing to offer her.

We see both of them face obstacles in their life and family in their book, The Fisrt KISS of Spring.

I love that we get to visit with past characters in this book, with one of th
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It held my attention and was full of great characters!

My only regret is that I had not read any previous books in the series! I think that would have helped me to understand some of the back stories better.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Bambi Unbridled

I'm not gonna lie - I was totally sucked in by this cover. I just love the look of the colorful house in a small town Colorado setting... the whole thing is just appealing. I have not read any of Eternity Springs books, and I have not previously read Emily March. So I was trying something new here. And I'm glad I did! I want to move to Eternity Springs now... and I definitely need Celeste working her matchmaking magic to set me up.

Side note - while I didn't feel lost without having read the earl
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a small town romance and this series fits the bill. I have read several books in this series and even though I have read them out of order, and not read them all, I never have an issue following the story. The first time Caitlin and Josh meet, they are sharing a gondola ride, with Josh's dog, Penny, who uses a wheelchair after breaking her back. When there is a major power outage, they are stuck for several hours together before getting rescued. They get to know a bit about each other and ...more
Deanne Patterson
I have to admit the cover for this book really drew me in. Who wouldn't want to live in a small town with houses,friends and family like this? This is my first book I've read in the series but I as able to enjoy it as a stand alone, which is a big bonus! The book kept me entertained and reading it quickly. Loved reading how Caitlin and Josh met. Fun, realistic book. I need to make time to read more books in this series.
Pub Date 27 Feb 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a revie
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Eternity Springs #14, Eternity Springs is where the heart goes to heal, and we've seen that in the previous thirteen book from near death experiences to falling in love again. Emily March has covered a wide range of issues and and trauma for these people and it never gets old, I love this series more now then when I first found it. It's the perfect place to fantasize about living there, about soaking in the hot springs and just letting the place heal whatever maybe wrong with your he
Michele A.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Josh Tarkington is a man on a mission to not feel anything remotely like love for a woman or a child again. He has reinvented himself from a tragic past and has no intentions of falling for a woman again. He is compassionate, successful and hiding some secrets. His journal entries were disturbing. His personal battles were not for the faint of heart. I did feel like he suffered quite a bit in this book. While I applauded his struggle, some of it was skirted over.

Caitlin is in town for a friend'
This is a sweet, contemporary, small town romance and works well as a standalone, even though it is the fourteenth in the series - I haven’t read any of the earlier books in the series and still enjoyed this one. It is different to many other stories as alternating chapters share information about the past and, for much of the story, you aren’t quite certain who has these memories, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to the overall story. Tragedy, thoughts of suicide and child abuse play impo ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I jumped into this series late- The First Kiss of Spring is book 14 of the series, and my first Eternity Springs novel. I can say it can be read as a standalone. There were couples and past events mentioned that I assume are from prior books, however it did not detract from the story at all.

I really liked the heroine and hero, Caitlin and Josh. Caitlin is a determined woman. She knows Josh is the one for her. She just can’t understand him, and he doesn’t want to be understood. His past is where
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
This is a series that has really grown on me now that the author Emily March (Geralyn Dawson in another life) has got the balance right between the inspirational and the fact that most grown up people in a relationship do have intimate moments. Love the connection to her original Callahan series and the feel good storytelling about the people who call Eternity Springs home where love and good old fashioned decency heals all.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm always willing to try out a new author or publisher. This one sounded good, thought I'd give it a try.

It's not for me. First of all, way too explicit. It has a really odd feel to it. You have some really devout church going characters, even quotes scripture and then follows a very trashy, lustful relationship. In other parts it borders on classy. It doesn't gel. Second despite the appeal of this ideal mountain small town near Telluride, CO - everyone is leading these unrealistic lives. Ever
I love to get behind romances where I feel that the main character truly deserves to have unconditional love. The First Kiss of Spring was the perfect example of that type of story. Josh Tarkington had a troubled and turbulent past and he has been making strides to get everything under control and live a different life than his past had dictated. He had settled in Eternity Springs and started the life he had always wanted and he was satisfied with the way things were. He had also sworn off ever ...more
Chris Conley
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, let’s be honest. I am a sucker for strong and flawed people who figure out a way to make their lives work. In Eternity Springs, these people find a home and community that help them achieve their dreams. I love this world that Emily March has created. These books are wonderful.
Mary Brown
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The First Kiss Of Summer
Eternity Springs, Book #14
Emily March
5 Stars


Spring has come to Eternity Springs in the newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series by Emily March.
When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.
After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed to make a major life change. So she packs up her
[I received a free advance review copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
God bless good small-town romance contemporaries. This book had me on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first chapter. It's my first Emily March read, and for heaven's sake, I'd read anything she'd write if it's half as good as The First Kiss of Spring.
The chemistry between Caitlin and Josh was obvious from their first encounter. The fact that Josh owns a crippled dog called Penny for
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

Contemporary small town romance. 14th in the series. Can be read on its own.
These stories are always heart fulfilling. Emily March is a master storyteller.

I worried in the beginning. Here was the intro to the hero.
“The hot blonde went gooey. They always did. It was one of the perks of owning a dog with a broken back.”
Ok, instant turn off.
But Caitlin recognized his line of BS quickly and the conversation turned genuine.

I felt so bad for him, trying
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March is book fourteen in the "Eternity Springs" series. This is the story of Josh Tarkington and Caitlin Timberlake. This can easily be a standalone book.
Caitlin decided to take a chance and move to Eternity Springs and pursue the connection she felt with Josh. But Josh is keeping something back that might hurt his new relationship.
This was overall a sweet romance that I enjoyed reading.
Isha Coleman
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The First Kiss of Spring (Eternity Springs #14) by Emily March  
She's found her man and wants his heart. He knows his limits and doesn't have a heart to give. Emily March goes beyond the romance. Caitlin and Josh are only a tiny piece of a puzzle. There path is full of snow drifts not easily plowed, but waiting to be explored. Amidst the bad choices, heartbreaking moments and personal setbacks, lies a chance at redemption. Eternity Springs is the beginning of the rest of your life. No matter the
Robin Reynolds
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
*received from NetGalley for review*

I'm usually pretty anal about reading series books in order, but when I received an email from NetGalley that this book was available for forty-eight hours I immediately downloaded it. I've not previously read anything by this author, but I've heard good things about her, and one friend compared her to Robyn Carr, so I was excited to give her a try.

Each chapter is prefaced with a short “Journal Entry”. We don't know at first which character is journaling, but
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This might be viewed as spoilerish, but it needs to be said: this book contains talk and thoughts of suicide by more than one character, and that could be highly triggering to some readers. There's also talk of child molestation (in the past) and a very insensitive, crass comment about pneumonia and elderly people that could also be triggering. If you are sensitive to any of these topics, PLEASE consider your own emotional self-care before reading this one.

This book starts out as a really cute,
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. Here is a case where I really wish Goodreads gave us the ability to rate a book with half stars. This would definitely be a 4 and a half stars. 4 stars just feels to low, but 5 stars is just a bit too high. Hopefully by the time I finish this review, I decide whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. This book is somewhat more serious and deep than many of her previous books, but is still full of the magic that is Eternity Springs. Many of the characters from the previous boo ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing a copy for an unbiased review.

This book was a bit of a one-off for me for a couple of reasons. (1) I rarely like to jump into the middle of a series - I do love a good series, but I like to start at the beginning and read through in order. (2) I tend to shy away a bit from books that I think may get to be a bit too sweet or uplifting. “Eternity Springs” - it just sounded a bit too inspirational for my taste, especially when there’s a whole
Reeca Elliott
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-app, netgalley
Caitlin is moving back to Eternity Springs, CO. She is leaving her high stressed job to start a daycare. Her parents are not real enthused about the idea nor are they real pleased with her new choice of a boyfriend, Josh. But, when Josh saves a child from an oncoming car, many people change their tune. However, Caitlin’s father doesn’t. He even hires a private detective to find out more about Josh.

I fell in love with Josh from the get go! He is moody, good-looking, has a handicapped dog, and has
Chris Torretta
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Depression Triggers:

Full disclosure, I've been a depressed person my entire life. I don't remember a moment where I wasn't depressed. My hubby and I joke that I was emo before emo was cool. As I'm moving through this book, I noticed a few triggers. I hate calling them that, but it fits what happens when you're bombarded with feelings that you weren't expecting, especially from a romance.

One of the main characters has depression. So badly that he thinks about suicide quite often. I think someone
Hannah (Sakurahan or ForeverBooks18)
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Eternity Springs does it again – taking the bruised, broken and fearful and restoring hope, love and courage to its citizens.

Caitlin has returned home after years designing textiles: she’s braving her parents’ displeasure to open a Day Care center in town. She wants to be home and close to family after her brother’s near-loss as a photojournalist, and she’s itching for a new challenge. Her first trip back to Colorado nearly a month earlier, she met a man and his wheelchair-bound dog, Penny, and
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Pseudonym(s): Geralyn Dawson

Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a "master of delightful banter," and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Roma

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