A Reason to Love: A Snowberry Creek Novel

A Reason to Love: A Snowberry Creek Novel

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by Alexis Morgan
     
 

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All roads lead home in Snowberry Creek…

After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry

Overview

All roads lead home in Snowberry Creek…

After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.

Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.

As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family’s company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities…and love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
In Morgan’s third Snowberry Creek contemporary (after More Than a Touch), a soldier’s homecoming is less than welcoming. Spencer Lang went missing in Afghanistan and was presumed dead. When he returns to Snowberry Creek, he’s devastated to learn that his fellow soldier Nick is marrying Spence’s best friend, Callie. Melanie Wolfe rescues Spence from a night of self-destruction and offers him a place to stay and temporary employment as she struggles to keep her family business afloat. Though Melanie knows that Spence will likely leave town after reconciling with his military buddies, she can’t resist her attraction to her former high school crush and his wounded soul. Melanie’s shy, yet confident personality is the perfect match for Spence’s tough and tortured nature, and the sweet, sensual romance between Melanie and Spence is refreshing and believable without graphic eroticism. Readers will fall in love with the characters and their idyllic town in the Cascade Mountains. (May)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF ALEXIS MORGAN

“An emotional roller coaster. I couldn’t put it down!”—New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery

“A bit of mystery, lots of action, plenty of passion, and a story line that will grab your attention from the get-go.”—Romance Reviews Today

“Adventurous and fervently romantic.”—Single Titles

“Sizzles with every page.”—Fresh Fiction

“Morgan delivers a great read that sparks with humor, action, and…great storytelling.”—Night Owl Reviews (5 stars, top pick)

“Totally captivating throughout every enthralling scene.”—Ecataromance

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-14
Everyone thinks soldier Spencer Lang died in action, so when he comes home the day his best friend is marrying the girl of his dreams, things get complicated.After high school, Spencer joined the Army to escape his brutal uncle and find his way in the world, but he always expected to come back to Snowberry Creek and marry his old friend Callie. All his plans are shot to pieces, though, when he and his unit are attacked in Afghanistan and he's mistaken for dead. Rescued after his friends were evacuated, none of them got the news that he's alive, and they've been grieving his loss while he's been recovering. Turns out his Army buddies came to Snowberry Creek to break the news to his loved ones and fell in love with the town—and some of its residents—which makes it even harder for Spencer to settle back in. Support and encouragement comes from Melanie Wolfe, daughter of the family who owns the local factory. Trouble is, the recently deceased Mr. Wolfe practically ran the place into the ground, and Melanie is trying to turn it around. Melanie left town after high school, too, with no plans to ever return, but she always remembered the roguish bad boy who'd never looked twice at her back then, when she was the prim and proper Wolfe daughter. Now she's back, determined to save the factory and help the boy she used to like, who's now a man with shadows in his eyes. In the third Snowberry Creek novel, two unlikely hearts wind up on a shared path to healing, and we are charmed by their growing realization that they are just what the other one needs to be happy. Smooth storytelling and engaging secondary characters enhance a satisfying romance.Morgan maintains her winning combination of small-town tenderness and sexy, wounded heroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451417732
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
A Snowberry Creek Novel Series, #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
582,152
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF ALEXIS MORGAN

“An emotional roller coaster. I couldn’t put it down!”—New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery

“A bit of mystery, lots of action, plenty of passion, and a story line that will grab your attention from the get-go.”—Romance Reviews Today

“Adventurous and fervently romantic.”—Single Titles

“Sizzles with every page.”—Fresh Fiction

“Morgan delivers a great read that sparks with humor, action, and…great storytelling.”—Night Owl Reviews (5 stars, top pick)

“Totally captivating throughout every enthralling scene.”—Ecataromance

Meet the Author

Alexis Morgan has a BA in English from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She and her husband make their home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Alexis shares her office with two parakeets, who rock out to her favorite music and keep her company while she’s writing.

A lifelong avid reader, Alexis loves spending her days creating worlds filled with sexy warriors and the strong women who love them. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre. She is the author of the Snowberry Creek novels, including A Time for Home and More Than a Touch, the Warriors of the Mist novels, including My Lady Mage and Her Knight's Quest, and numerous paranormal romance novels.

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A Reason to Love: A Snowberry Creek Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Melissa03 More than 1 year ago
I requested and received a copy of A Reason to Love from the author.  Having read and loved Ms. Morgan’s Paladin and Talion series this poignant story was a change of pace for me.  Having never read the series, I was not sure what to expect from it. However, I did enjoy this book.  Spencer’s story grabs you from the beginning.  Ms. Morgan immediately draws the emotion from you.  You feel for this soldier as he stands over his grave.  My only complaint would be the story did tend to move somewhat slowly at times, and the depth of characters were not always explored. I would still recommend this book, with Veteran’s Day coming up this a definitely a book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
War is not a joyride as many have found out, but given a chance like Spence one can learn to live all over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It didn't take long to care about the characters and to become emotional over "the good parts". I am going to read the others in this series!
janesquires More than 1 year ago
A soldier assumed dead is returned home to see his own tombstone. The pieces of his life are shattered. If you've ever known a returning solder it isn't easy to move forward. As I read this, I see of lot of issues my brother a father of a boy I taught dealt with. There are three soldiers from the same unit with issues to face and rebuild their lives. Melanie has to deal with the death of her father, her Mother's grief, and trying to keep a company going. Both the soldier, Spencer, and Melanie find healing and more helping each other deal with their problems. Warning - I hope you can read around the cuss words to enjoy a great story. Living in a rural town, I can relate to community support. A very emotional book. I would recommend to all who know a returning warrior.
librarypat More than 1 year ago
A REASON TO LOVE by Alexis Morgan A solid 4 to 4 1/2 stars. I just finished A REASON TO LOVE and will be making further visits to Snowberry Creek.  Alexis Morgan has a good feel for small towns, neighbors, friends, and current military vets.  Her characters feel real and are facing situations any of us could or are facing.  I like the natural feel to the relationships and the conversations.  One warning for those offended by profanity.  The F-bomb is dropped frequently among other things.  I don't particularly care for it, but the language she uses is true to the times and the characters.  It won't prevent me from reading the rest of her books.  She deals well with some of the issues of returning vets and the people who love and deal with them.   Overall, a good, enjoyable read with characters you will be glad you met.  I will be looking for the earlier books in the series so I can get to know them better.
CherylGR More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the Snowberry Creek series. Spence comes back to his hometown after being declared dead...the scene of him standing over his headstone is heartrending. While this can be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the earlier books to meet all the characters and learn their stories.
TRuss More than 1 year ago
Wow! I did not see this one coming. Alexis Morgan surprised me big time in chapter one of A Reason to Love. On the way to the wedding of Nick and Callie, Melanie Wolfe meets up with the boy she had a crush on in high school. Melanie is back in Snowberry Creek to take over the family’s failing business after her father’s sudden heart attack and death. The boy she had a crush on was the wild, bad boy of the town while Melanie was the daughter of the most powerful family in Snowberry Creek for generations. Melanie was not allowed to socialize with him. With her mother out of town indefinitely, now is Melanie’s chance to finally get to know this boy, now a man, she saw so much of at Callie’s house during high school. Although this book is about a veteran returned home and he does have some anger issues, the book doesn’t stress the issues as much as the other two in the series. I recommend all three books (plus the novella) in this series. They have been great fun to read. I get my happily-ever-after and the biggest surprise of the series in A Reason to Love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I enjoyed the interactions of all the characters and how their lives became the better for meeting each other again in their hometown. I haven't read the first two novels of this series but I will now! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
The synopsis says it all. This is a story of the struggles two people face having to find their own way after devastating losses and end up finding solace, and so much more, in each other’s arms. It is a beautiful story of healing, friendship and love. I really enjoyed the story. Spencer and Melanie are great together and I think the fact that they grew up together helped cement their relationship. I also loved Spencer, Nick and Leif’s scenes where too much testosterone mixed with too much pride equaled some pretty interesting “discussions.” I also enjoyed revisiting previous couples and seeing their progress. I’m curious who the next book will be about, the Chief of Police Gage Logan perhaps? I’d love to see the sexy widower/dad/cop find love again. Another heart-warming read from Alexis Morgan.  ***I was gifted a paperback ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book.  I do not normally read contemporary, but this just blew me away.  Thank you Alexis Morgan for showing that even a broken hero can be healed.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Reason To Love is a wonderful book. After a few pages it pulls you into the book. You can't put the book down. I love the book. It is about a soldier coming back home and his 2 best friends. Their friendship is wonderful to see. They are closer than brothers. You cry and laugh with them. It is a must read book. Don't miss the book. Alexis Morgan is a wonderful writer. I have read her books for years and love everyone of them. This book is a series. The first 2 books are just as wonderful to read as this one is. Pick up the book to day.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
A Reason to Love by Alexis Morgan is the 3rd book in her Snowberry Creek series. This is my first book in this series, and it read very well as a standalone. I have read other books by Morgan, and I wasn’t surprised me how much I enjoyed this book, as she is a wonderful writer. Our heroine is Melanie Wolfe, who came back home after her father’s death, to try to save the family business. Melanie is alone in this, as her mother refuses to believe that the company was in dire straits, and doesn’t believe Melanie when she tells her. So Melanie works alone to try to resurrect the company. On the day she is attending a wedding, she goes to the cemetery to quietly lament to her dead father why he let everything go bad. It is there that Melanie sees a soldier looking over another grave. She sees he is agitated, and goes to offer her support. To her disbelief, the soldier is Spence Lang, a friend from her high school days, who was thought to be dead, from explosion in Afghanistan. Once they reach the wedding, Spence loses his temper, as he sees his best friend marrying one of his soldier friends. The others of course are shocked, but Spence feels betrayed, not really looking at reality. He storms away. Melanie decides to follow him to make sure he doesn’t do anything foolish, and she ends up not going to the reception. This is a wonderful story of a soldier who comes home emotionally a wreck, and unable to control his temper. While he ignored all his family and friends, who love him, it is Melanie who will be there for Spence. In a situation that is unlikely for a romance, it was a beautiful story how they bonded to help each other. I also loved Mooch, the dog who Spence had saved in Afghanistan, who was adopted by his friends when they thought he was dead. Morgan has created some wonderful secondary characters, such as Callie, Sarge, and Leif. Alexis Morgan pulls a lot of emotions from us, as we watch Spence and Melanie fall in love. We watch how a confused & tormented Spence must come to terms with his life, and if he wants to remain in town with all his old memories, not to mention friends. Will Spence give up on a chance of a new life with Melanie? Will Melanie find a way to save her family business? Will Spence open his heart to his close friends again? If you love a story of small town, friends, family, a dog, and a beautiful romance that started as friends; as well as an emotional roller coaster of a ride throughout. Then A Reason to Love is perfect for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I want to thank the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my review. This book was entertaining and more sensual than A Time For Home. It is definitely not a stand alone book as it starts with Spence showing up in Snowberry Creek on the day of Callie and Nick's wedding. If you haven't read A Time For Home first you are at a definite disadvantage. I thought that Melanie was a very likeable heroine. She has been born into wealth but is not a snob, she genuinely cares about the people around her and is not afraid of the challenges facing her. Spence on the other hand really annoyed me with the way he avoided the people who cared for him, procrastinating about the legal problems his return caused for those who cared for him, and his continual waffling about staying in Snowberry Creek. I felt that the whole story left me asking more questions than it answered. Why was Spence's PTSD barely mentioned in this book? This man was a POW and the fact that he has nightmares was mentioned only twice. Why didn't Spence verify that Nick and Leif were dead (easily done with today's technology) and then contact them sooner? Why was there no resolution between Spence and his cousin Austin? I hope this is not the end of the Snowberry Creek veterans as I feel there are too many threads hanging and I also want to know what happens to Gage, the sheriff. I definitely feel that he has a story to be told.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story in Snowberry Creek! The characters are well developed and the romance simmers. I absolutely love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How would you feel if the man you thought was dead came back to life. That's what happens when Melanie Wolfe sees Spence at the cemetery. This is a story about Spence who comes home to find out that his friends, Nick and Leif, and his girl Callie have moved on thinking that he is dead. He feels that they have betrayed him and harbors a lot of rage. It's also about a woman, Melanie Wolfe, who is facing her own anger at her father who left his company in dire straights and her mother for making her face all the family problems alone. Together they try to sort out their lives and find peace and acceptance within themselves and in the process find each other. I enjoy Alexis Morgan and would recommend her to anyone who enjoys real life topics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Received the book for review yesterday. Picked the book up as I was going to bed and thought the I would read a few pages and get some sleep. Best laid plans and all that as I kept turning the pages and it got later and later. Finally finished the book at 2:30 a.m. with a satisfied soul. Loved the book, mooch made me smile and Spence made me cry. What more can you ask for in a book. Characters are well written and am looking forward to next in the series. But now I have to go back and order what I have missed. This is one you won't regret picking up but unless your a night owl don't start at bedtime.
Ckap More than 1 year ago
To a military family it touched home. Loved the book .it made me cry in the end.  Love Alexis books
charlo721 More than 1 year ago
I've read the other SnowberryCreek books and was thrilled to be part of Ms. Morgan's review crew for A Reason to Love.  I couldn't put it down.  Her stories draw you in and I felt I knew the characters personally.  Her  stories honor our military and  their  struggle to return to civilian life.  I hope there will be more Sbowberry Creek stories.
CrazyCanuckAB More than 1 year ago
What can I say, I lke all of Alexis Morgan's books. I like how this serie deals with service members coming back home and the challenges that comes with. The story gripped me from the start and I finished the book in one evening. Spencer and Melanie are complex characters that have nothing to loose by getting together ... But they find out they have everything to gain :-) I sure hope we get more books about all the other characters who still haven't found their happily ever after !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this whole series but have to say this one was my favorite so far! I read it straight through-had to stay up till 0200 to finish it, but couldn't put it down. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me happy too! I highly recommend this book! I was SO happy when Spence came back! Alexis does a fantastic job covering some of the highs and lows our troops encounter in coming back from war. She does a great job covering sensitive issues. More like this one please!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexis Morgan has again gifted us with a beautiful story of how love can help a soldier wounded in Afghanistan come home and resume his life in his hometown. If you enjoy a great story and a good read you will definitely like A Reason to Love. Once I began reading it I didn't put it down until I finished it - the mark of a wonderfully written book. Volunteering with wounded soldiers is what drew me to Alexis Morgan's books. From what I know and have observed her stories are right on as to what our military who have survived the horrors of Afghanistan have endured for our country. Thanks, Alexis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Reason to Love was a book that was gifted to me for an honest review. I found the book was very well written and I really enjoyed it.  I would totally recommend this to book
KJTVH More than 1 year ago
A Reason to Love is the third novel in the Snowberry Creek series. This novel – and this review starts off has MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven’t read the earlier stories in the series! So if you don’t want spoilers, this is a great series so go read it and enjoy, but don’t read this review any further. If you’re okay with spoilers, read on!!  The story opens on the wedding day for Nick and Callie. Melanie, one of Callie’s closest friends since high school, is dealing with the personal tragedy of her father’s death, leaving her with a mother that can’t cope and has left Melanie to run the family’s business and deal with the financial disaster her father’s death has left both family and business . On the way to the wedding, Melanie stops by her father’s grave, and nearly faints when she sees the last person she ever expected to see – Spencer. Not a ghost, turns out instead of dying in Afghanistan, Spencer was taken prisoner and held for months. After being rescued and hospitalized for months, Spencer has come home seeking what it means to be ‘normal’ again. (I feel the story falls somewhat on this point, because I can’t understand why Spencer never tried to contact Callie – his best friend – during any of the time after he was rescued and while he was recovering in the hospital, and again not after he was released and before he arrived in Snowberry Creek. Spencer had been led to believe by his captives that Nick and Leif had died in the explosion where he was taken, so I can understand that he doesn’t think they are around to contact, but I would have thought Callie would have been the first phone call he made when capable of doing so.)  Mel and Spencer go together to the wedding. Spencer reacts badly. He feels shocked and betrayed. He’s just discovered that no one knew he was alive, saw his own grave, found the two friends he thought died in Afghanistan are alive and staying in his hometown, his best friend is marrying the girl he himself thought to someday marry, and his home is being turned into a bed-and-breakfast inn. All of this while still dealing with the trauma of being a former POW. At least Mooch recognizes him and gives him immediate love and welcome. The story follows Spencer – as he tries to rebuild his life and identity, reunite with friends that he has lost, discover that family isn’t always related, deal with unexpected feelings he has for Melanie, and decide what to do next with his life – and Melanie as she tries to save the family business and deal with her own loss as she also decides what to do next, especially about the relationship growing between herself and Spencer.  These are not my usual type of read, as these are contemporary romances without any elements of paranormal, science fiction, or fantasy – simply what I would call ‘down-home modern love stories’. I decided to give this series a try since I absolutely LOVE Morgan’s other series. This is a decision I do not regret! I can’t think of the last time a series touched my heart this deeply. It’s partly the story and partly how well Morgan writes. Having grown up in a small town myself, I can relate to the environs of Snowberry Creek, and the writing makes me feel like I’ve gone home. The major characters are so well developed that they feel like people I know or want to know. Secondary characters have just the right amount of ‘page time’ to become ‘real’ without taking over the story. Not a lot of physical action as in many of the stories I typically read, but excellent emotionally. And yes, I cried at the end of this novel – showing what a great job Morgan did of tugging on my heartstrings. Definitely a series I will reread many times.   I didn’t rate A Reason to Love 5 stars simply because I can’t understand why Spencer didn’t let Callie know he was alive sooner or why Nick, Leif, and Callie didn’t do more to get Spencer to open up to them sooner. I know they have their own issues, but if my best friend that I thought was dead suddenly showed up alive, I’d be camping at his door to find out what the heck happened and be sure he knew how happy I was to see him. (At least Mooch reacted correctly.)  Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
AlexxMomCat More than 1 year ago
DISCLAIMER:  Reviewer received a free copy of A Reason to Love: A Snowberry Creek Novel for review.   I don't normally read straight contemporary romance, but I am a huge fan of Alexis Morgan's Paranormal  series. So I was really excited to get the chance to read something different from her.   With that said there is nothing in the book, this story that I did not love!   From the main characters Mel  and Spence and the awesome dog Mooch, to the supporting players.  I found myself wanting to visit  Snowberry Creek and meeting everyone.  This is a story about finding ones self and finding true love  along the way.  You can't go wrong reading Alexis Morgan's  A Reason to Love.