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Angel's Rest

(Eternity Springs #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,402 ratings  ·  410 reviews
Welcome to Eternity Springs, a little piece of heaven in the Colorado Rockies.

Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs' veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the livi
Mass Market Paperback, 327 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy small town settings and don't mind mild heat
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: Lisa Kleypas on her Facebook Page
4.5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

ANGEL’S REST WOULDN’T LET ME REST – It kept me up reading until almost 2am on a weeknight!

I found this book through Lisa Kleypas’ Facebook page where she said:
“I have to tell you about a wonderful new book--a debut by Emily March called ANGEL'S REST! This new series has had a spectacular start-- Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review. I gave her a quote: "Emily March's stories are heart-wrenching and soul-satisfying. Don't miss a vi
Lisa Kay
Snowed-in cabin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA

★★★★✩ This is a “new-2-me” author, and I like her “voice.” I’ll definitely continue with this series set in a small town in Colorado. The hero was a bit of an asshat, so I had to put this down for a couple of days. However, I’ll forgive him this once, since he was grieving.
♡Karlyn P♡
Meh. It was an interesting story, enough to want to finish it, but I never felt the town folks were all that interesting, and the romance between H/h wasn't all that romantic. I wasn't crazy about the ending either as it purposely doesn't wrap up a key storyline so you must read the next book to find those answers.

The hero, Gabe, I understood and felt remorse for him as he is a grieving widow, but that didn't mean I cared for him as a hero since he was such an ASS at times. I liked the heroine
Jacob Proffitt
Have you ever been in a social gathering and overheard a gorgeous woman talking about this "totally hawt" guy she's into because he's kind and strong and she "just can't wait for you guys to meet him!"? And then in walks a weasel in skinny jeans and a soul patch who broods all night and totally ignores her despite her fawning interest? Yeah, me either. But that's totally what this book does. We're supposed to believe that Gabe is all that. An ex-soldier who faced long odds and survived but is gr ...more
This is my first Emily March book, and the first in the Eternity Springs series. I actually listened to this book on audio and loved it so much, I couldn't turn it off...ended up listening to the last few hours last night until midnight. I'm tired today, but it was worth it!

Gabe is a wounded soul, whose wife and son died not too long ago. He came to Eternity Springs to really retreat from life, and the book begins with him contemplating suicide. When he meets Nicole Sullivan, the town veterinar
As a major fan of Geralyn Dawson's Callahan brothers series. I'd have to give this a 2 for my major disappointment. But I tried to separate the series and pretend it was a different writer altogether and that the Callahan brothers didn't exist and decided to give it a 3 star. It seemed to me the writer was trying to do a copycat Virgin River series type thingy but didn't know how to pull it off. I honestly don't know if I'll continue the series because I didn't connect with the characters enough ...more
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Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love small town life books such as Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series
In Emily March’s first book of this series, we are introduced to the small town of Eternity Springs, Colorado, population 827. I liked this town and I liked the secondary characters. We even have a little mystery to solve. I liked the background story and how this town was formed and by whom.

This is the story of John Gabriel (Gabe) Callahan and Nicole (Nic) Sullivan. Gabe is a tortured soul who has suffered great loss in his past. Haunted from the memories and experiencing dark depression, he
First book in the series and I loved it; I couldn't put it down. It was similar in style to the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, but instead of it being centered around a group of men it is about a group of women. So many characters were introduced and many potential marvelous books for the series. Lots of secrets to be uncovered that were just grazed over, but I am sure will be answered in the future books.

The first book was Gabriel and Nicole's story and I expect like Virgin River their sto

Seriously...that was the ending? We didn't get to find out some information and are now forced to read book 2 in order to find out, which btw, I wasn't going to read but now might have to. Or I will find someone who has read it and ask them.

This book was way too sappy sweet everywhere you turned except for the hero, Gabe. Gabe did 3 really assholey things through out this book. They made me so mad I felt Nic's (heroine) hurt and anger, which on the one hand is great that the author was able to m
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-emily
My first Emily March book. I really liked it. Onto the next book in the series. 😁
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elibrary-books
It took awhile to get through this one, mostly because of the overwhelming sentimentality. "Sweet-small-town" is not something I look for in a book, but I generally don't mind it either. This one though, however, had the "sweet" laid on with a trowel, overlaid with a heavy coating of angel feathers. A mysterious newcomer named Celeste Blessing - she rides a Honda Gold Wing because she likes to fly, and has sky blue eyes. She suggests the "Angel plan" to save the dying town. There's a 100-year-ol ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eternity Springs is a town that’s easy to fall in love with. March invites readers into the town and develops it in such a manner that it’s easy to picture. The plot of the story was captivating, heartbreaking, & romantic. The many little detours along the way made it all the more captivating and wildly realistic.

March has created characters who instantly draw you in. Gabe’s tragic past broke my heart. At the same time his winning and giving personality made him someone that I genuinely wanted
Brenda Rumsey
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning, this story touches your heart strings. This is the first book in the Eternity Springs series and introduces us to a small town where people face life changing events and miracles are waiting around every corner. In the first few pages we get to witness a stray dog saving the life of a man that is in anguish from the death of his wife and child . While trying to do right, he meets the vet whose past gives her ample reasons for mistrusting men and an older woman rumored to have ...more
Lydia's Romance
3 Stars

Unplanned Pregnancy
Love After Loss
Marriage of Convenience
Small Town Romance
Colorado Mountains Setting

My Thoughts:
Nic is the kind of heroine that makes me want to throw my Kindle out the window. So overly forgiving and understanding she became the perfect doormat for the hero. Gabe was a total jerk for almost the entire book, and Nic tolerated his crappy behavior. She deserved it for allowing it because he was always honest with her about his non-feelings for her and his h
Amanda Ainge
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit-series
Ok, So I love romantic fiction....I can't help it, I love happy endings and sweet stories. I love to read a book that I don't have to pay close attention to, that I can pick up and immediately get back into the story, and that helps me escape life for a few hours of enjoyment. I read to be entertained, to relax, and to laugh. That's why I love reading a romance (go ahead- judge me. I love happy stories.)

What I don't like is having to constantly skip pages to avoid the naughty scenes. Yes I'm a
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I began this series from its 3rd book and now I'm reading book 1 and I have to say I totally love this series. It's veryyyy romantic, no hard sex, shackles or whips but a lots of feelings, girlfriends and a little town.

In this first book our heroine is a vet who takes care of human people, too and our hero brings her a dog who stopped him from suicide.

He's a wounded man both physically and spiritually and sometimes it's a bit of a@@hole. She's wonderful and when he leaves her once more, she tak
Lady Lioness
*sniffle* Why did I wait so long to read this?!?!?
Tracy Smith
Will read at a later time
Our hero, Gabe hasn't had it easy. He was captured while he was working or CIA(?), then he had to change his identity so he lost his brothers, and later one lost his wife and son. He came to Eternity Springs to heal. In the begining of the book he is really depressed (view spoiler), but then he meets a dog, and a woman, and he is slowly drawn into the world of living. He tries to resist Nic, but after a surprise development he is forced into proximity w ...more
Connie N.
9/19/12 to 9/23/12 - I liked this much more than I expected. I haven't heard of this author before, but the jacket said that this book would "appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber." Very true--the style of writing and format is very similar. Nic is a smart and pretty small-town vet, while Gabe is a successful landscape designer but with lots of grief issues. They both become involved in a local woman's angel project and hope for/search for healing. Set in a remote section of Colorado called Eternity ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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Courtney LaSalle
Angel's Rest
Emily March

Gabe Callahan came to Eternity Springs after losing Everything that mattered. All he wants is to be left alone with no connections to the world.
Nic Sullivan is the town Vet in Eternity Springs and seems to be Gabes only weakness.

I liked this book I did. I can't put my finger on what I disliked about it. It was hard for me to ipen up form the beginning. I love the town and the people! Celeste is a doll and just so warming! I love the friendships and bonds.

I think there
Gerry Bartlett
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This is not my usual type of book but Emily March came to speak at my local RWA chapter and signed copies of Angel's Rest so how could I resist? I admit I enjoyed the town, the concept and the characters. Eternity Springs is where you can go to heal. Vet Nic Sullivan is healing from a cheating husband. She's not looking for another man, not yet anyway. Certainly she doesn't need one so broken by the deaths of his wife and child as Gabriel Callihan. Okay, so this book is very emotional, especiall ...more
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5 Cups

The male psyche is laid bare by Emily March, who is so in tune with her character’s feelings that it physically hurts to read his struggle. She opens him up one layer at a time, and at each reveal he is entrenched deeper into your heart. Nic’s character is just a poignant, but I am so much more impressed that this story does not take the easy way out by focusing solely on her. Book one is a testament to the power of kindness, support, and yes, love, but that love is only built through a fo
Linda Rimer-Como
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. It is the first in her Eternity Springs series and I truly enjoyed it. This is a heart wrenching story of second chances at love that will make you laugh and cry. Nic is caring and understanding; Gabe is self loathing and full of guilt. They met, sparks fly and their journey begins. This is a very well written story with realistic characters that face challenges as they work to rebuild Eternity Springs. I will defini ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I'm an occasional romance reader, and this is exactly the type of book I look for. It features a genuine romance between two likable people, plus a supporting cast of entertaining and intriguing characters. I love the town of Eternity Springs, and look forward to reading the rest of the series to learn more about the other residents (and, of course, the developments at Angel's Rest). Romantic and fun without being trashy, this is what a good romance should be. ...more
This book was well written "brain candy." You don't have to think much about the story, you can just relax and enjoy the journey the story takes you on. The characters seemed to be real people. The author does do some story jumps from one situation to another; but they are jumps that the reader can follow. Since the Library owes the complete "Eternity Springs" series; I do plan to read this author again in the near future. ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story is set in small town in the Coloado Rocky Mountains.
It is a story about family, friends, a town full of healing and a
woman who changes the outlook and prosperity of the town.
The book covered loss and grieving from death and loss of trust
from divorce in the main characters. The supporting characters
each added their own flavor and the dog was great.
Enjoyable read.
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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

Other books in the series

Eternity Springs (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Hummingbird Lake (Eternity Springs, #2)
  • Heartache Falls (Eternity Springs, #3)
  • Lover's Leap (Eternity Springs, #4)
  • Nightingale Way (Eternity Springs, #5)
  • Reflection Point (Eternity Springs, #6)
  • Miracle Road (Eternity Springs, #7)
  • Dreamweaver Trail (Eternity Springs, #8)
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