Dreamweaver Trail (Eternity Springs Series #8)

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Love and forgiveness spin their magic as a woman discovers that home is where her heart belongs in Emily March’s moving new Eternity Springs novel.
 
After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she finds not one but two thrilling new passions: creating art glass, and Flynn Brogan, the sexy ...

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Overview

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Love and forgiveness spin their magic as a woman discovers that home is where her heart belongs in Emily March’s moving new Eternity Springs novel.
 
After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she finds not one but two thrilling new passions: creating art glass, and Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.
 
Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community as a mystery man searching for peace, though not expecting redemption. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other. 
 
Praise for the Eternity Springs series
 
“With passion, romance, and revealing moments that will touch your heart, [Emily March] takes readers on an unhurried journey where past mistakes are redeemed and a more beautiful future is forged—one miracle at a time.”USA Today

Praise for Dreamweaver Trail
 
“Smoothly written, with appealing characters and an engaging storyline, this will surely be a winner with romance fans.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Readers will be captivated by this heartfelt story with passion, and even a little suspense.”RT Book Reviews
 
“A terrific story of renewed faith and unexpected love . . . Don’t miss this great read!”Fresh Fiction
 
“To anyone who has not read one of author Emily March’s Eternity Springs stories, you do not know what you are missing. These tales are deliciously sexy and yet heartwarming. . . . If you are looking for a terrific story that will make you laugh, perhaps cry and leave you feeling good, Dreamweaver Trail is the book for you!”Romance Junkies

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Praise for the Eternity Springs series
 
“With passion, romance, and revealing moments that will touch your heart, [Emily March] takes readers on an unhurried journey where past mistakes are redeemed and a more beautiful future is forged—one miracle at a time.”USA Today

Praise for Dreamweaver Trail
 
“Smoothly written, with appealing characters and an engaging storyline, this will surely be a winner with romance fans.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Readers will be captivated by this heartfelt story with passion, and even a little suspense.”RT Book Reviews
 
“A terrific story of renewed faith and unexpected love . . . Don’t miss this great read!”Fresh Fiction
 
“To anyone who has not read one of author Emily March’s Eternity Springs stories, you do not know what you are missing. These tales are deliciously sexy and yet heartwarming. . . . If you are looking for a terrific story that will make you laugh, perhaps cry and leave you feeling good, Dreamweaver Trail is the book for you!”Romance Junkies
From the Publisher
Praise for the Eternity Springs series
 
“With passion, romance, and revealing moments that will touch your heart, [Emily March] takes readers on an unhurried journey where past mistakes are redeemed and a more beautiful future is forged—one miracle at a time.”USA Today
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
After a professional tragedy, Gabi Romano can't decide what to do next and escapes winter in Eternity Springs, Colo., for a temporary dogsitting job in the Caribbean.Gabi is drifting. After a justified shooting as a sheriff's deputy, she has no desire to return to that life, nor does she want to help out in her mother's bed-and-breakfast forever. Ready for a change, she winds up watching puppy Bismarck on exclusive Bella Vita Isle. She soon meets Flynn, the hot pool guy next door, and Cicero, the local glass genius. After spending time with Flynn, she realizes he's more than just a pool guy—and he definitely harbors some secrets—but he's gentlemanly and easygoing, and she's far too immersed in her new life studying the craft of glass blowing with Cicero to worry. Feeling as if she's finally found her purpose, Gabi spends hours a day at the studio, then relaxes in the evenings with her sexy neighbor. Everything comes crashing down on their idyllic existence, however, when they take a sailing excursion and are violently attacked. In the aftermath, Gabi learns the truth about Flynn's past and rejects him. She returns to Colorado and distances herself emotionally from her time on Bella Vita. However, the following Christmas, she learns that Flynn is in Eternity Springs, in desperate need of healing, and wonders if maybe she's overlooked an important aspect of her life's purpose. In the eighth Eternity Springs novel, March continues her best-selling combination of romance and suspense with hints of angelic intervention, and for the most part, everything works, with a few minor misses (e.g. Gabi moves too quickly and glibly away from Flynn, the feel of deus ex machina is occasionally too strong, and sometimes the various tones of the storytelling seem dissonant).Smoothly written, with appealing characters and an engaging storyline, this will surely be a winner with romance fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345542304
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Eternity Springs Series, #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 109,306
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emily March lives in Texas with her husband and their beloved boxer, Doc, who tolerates a revolving doggie door of rescue foster dogs sharing his kingdom until they find their forever homes. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily March is an avid fan of Aggie sports, and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Valentine’s Day

Eternity Springs, Colorado

“I’ve never seen so many hot men in one room at the same time,” Gabriella Romano muttered over her champagne glass. Wasn’t it just her luck that they were all either married or related to her?

Earlier today, her brother Lucca had married the love of his life, Hope Montgomery, and now their wedding reception was in full swing at the new event center at Angel’s Rest Healing Center and Spa. Gabi was thrilled for her brother and his wife and the new family they’d formed. Hope’s daughter, Holly, was a sweetheart, and with a new baby due to arrive this summer, Lucca’s world was as bright as sunshine atop snowy Murphy Mountain.

Gabi just wished that Lucca’s happiness didn’t make her so aware of her own world’s gray skies.

A wave of melancholy rolled over her as the music switched to something slow and romantic, and guests paired off with their spouses and significant others. Gabi watched her brother Zach give his wife, Savannah, a twirl. She sighed when sexy Jack Davenport nibbled at his Cat’s ear and again when Cam Murphy stroked a finger down the path of his Sarah’s spine as they swayed with the music. When Richard Steele let his hand slide south of her mother’s hip, Gabi turned away and gazed out at the snow-covered grounds of Angel’s Rest standing silvered in moonlight. I’m a wallflower. “Maybe I should draw a big W on my forehead.”

“W for what?” her brother Max asked, his green eyes dancing with amusement as he moved to stand beside her. “Whiner?”

She shot him a glare. “I don’t whine.”

He arched a cynical brow but wisely remained silent. Gabi’s scowl deepened for a long moment before she relented. “Do I whine?”

“Not usually. Lately . . .” He shrugged. “You’re obviously unhappy, Gabriella.”

“Not unhappy, Massimo,” she said defensively. “I’m . . . drifting.”

Since leaving the sheriff’s department last fall, she’d helped with her mother’s project—turning a dilapidated old house into Aspenglow Place Bed and Breakfast. The B&B had opened for guests two weeks ago, and Maggie Romano had the running of her new business well in hand. “I need a job.”

“So you’ve definitely decided not to work with Mom at Aspenglow?”

“I’m not cut out to be an innkeeper.”

Max grabbed two flutes of champagne from a passing waiter and handed one to his sister. “Lucca says you’ve been out of sorts since you resigned from the sheriff’s department. Why don’t you go back?”

“No,” she swiftly replied.

Max sipped his champagne and studied her. “You know, honey, there’s a reason most departments require an officer to see a counselor after a shooting. I know Zach said his department would pay—”

“No.” Gabi cut him off. “I’m not against further counseling, and I promised him I’d see someone if I thought I needed it.”

“But—”

“That’s not the problem, Max. I have no regrets about killing Francine Vaughan.” The memory of that moment flashed through her mind, and she repressed a reflexive shudder before continuing, “Killing her saved Zach’s life, and that’s the best thing I’ve ever done. But I don’t want to carry a weapon anymore. It’s as simple as that.”

“I hate to see you give law enforcement up for good, honey. I remember how you stood up to Dad when he disagreed with your decision to become a cop. You fought hard for what you wanted. You always do. You know, there are jobs in the field that don’t require you to carry a weapon.”

That much was true. “Eternity Springs isn’t London. Our police carry guns.”

“Maybe it’s time you come back to Denver.”

“Maybe,” she said, the word rife with doubt.

Max’s expression clouded. “Look, honey, if you’re worried about Sobilek, you can give me the green light to have that talk I’ve been dying to have with the scum-sucking bastard. He won’t bother you. I can promise you that.”

She couldn’t help but smile. Most of the time, big brothers acting like big brothers cramped her style, but she always recognized that it demonstrated their love. “No, Max. Frank Sobilek has nothing to do with this. Maybe I did leave Denver because of him, but I stayed in Eternity Springs because of me. Besides, if I wanted to be in Denver, I wouldn’t let him stand in my way. I won’t give him that power. My broken heart has mended, and it’s stronger than ever before.”

That’s what she told herself, anyway. She wasn’t certain she’d pass a lie detector test.

She heard the sound of Nic Callahan’s laughter drifting across the room. Smiling wistfully, she observed, “I don’t think Denver is where I need to be at this point in my life. I don’t really want to leave Eternity Springs. I love it here. I love the people here.”

“Don’t you miss your friends back in Denver?”

“Friends come and go,” she said lightly, burying the twinge of pain.

“That doesn’t sound like you,” Max observed. When she didn’t respond, he added, “Speaking of friends, what’s the news about Cheryl these days? I guess she’s still jetting off to Hollywood to be interior designer to the stars?”

At the mention of Cheryl Oliver, Gabi’s heart twisted. “Yes, she’s still living in Aspen and traveling to California quite a bit.”

“Now there’s someone who never had any career doubts. Every time she came over to play with you, she’d haul in that huge bag full of furniture and accessories for your Barbie Dream House. I’m not at all surprised that she’s working for the rich and famous.”

“I don’t think Hollywood has been a good influence on her,” Gabi replied with the understatement of the day. “She does get to travel a lot, though. I got a postcard from her last week from France.”

“Maybe you should hire on as her assistant.”

“I don’t think so.” Gabi would rather work for a rattlesnake. Once upon a time, she and Cheryl had been inseparable, best friends who’d played Barbies, experimented with makeup, and crooned along to the Backstreet Boys together. Cheryl had been the sister Gabi had always wanted.

Those days were over. Their friendship was over, killed by Cheryl’s selfishness and stupidity and by Gabi’s inability to forgive such a personal betrayal.

Her gaze drifted back to the couples on the dance floor, and she changed the subject. “You’re not with anyone these days, Max. Don’t you ever get lonely?”

“Sometimes,” Max said, a shadow crossing his face. Just why the shadow, Gabi didn’t know. Of all her brothers, he was the least open about details of his private life. “Not enough to brave the Denver dating scene, though.”

“At least Denver has a dating scene.”

Max gave her a brotherly thump on the nose. “If you’re lonely here, go somewhere else. You can always move back to Eternity Springs.”

Perhaps Max was right. Perhaps it was time for a change of scenery. Gabi had never been one to sit back and wait for life to happen. She believed in being proactive. When she wanted something, she went after it.

“I want passion.”

Max winced. “Too much information, little sis.”

“Not that kind of passion. Well, okay, maybe that kind of passion, but not only that kind of passion. I want more than a relationship, and more than a job. I want a life that I’m passionate about.”

“That’s a good goal. Though it’s a little weird to be thinking about it at our brother’s wedding.”

“This is the perfect time to be thinking about it,” Gabi protested. “Look at Lucca and Hope. Don’t they inspire you? They’ve both gone through so much emotional pain and heartache, but they fought their way through it and triumphed. Now they glow. They’re euphoric. They show us what life should be.”

“For a tough broad, you are such a starry-eyed girl.”

“Bite me, brother. Look—Lucca and Hope, Zach and Savannah, and shoot, even Mom and Richard are all actively living their lives. Somewhere along the way, I quit living mine. I’ve been simply marking time. That needs to stop. I need to find my passion.”

“If you want it, you’ll find it, Gabriella. Of that, I have no doubt. You’re as hardheaded as they come.”

“You say the nicest things to me, Max,” she drawled.

“I’m about to do something nice for you.”

“Oh, yeah? What?”

“Hold on.” He set down his champagne glass on a nearby table, then moved to intercept a waiter. A moment later, he returned with two dessert plates filled with pieces of the Romano family Italian cream cake that had quickly reached legendary status in Eternity Springs.

He handed one plate toward her. Gabi eyed it wistfully. “Mom said we’re only supposed to have one piece.”

“I thought you wanted to live a little.”

“By ignoring Mom’s rules? That’s a death wish.”

Max took a big bite of cake, then tauntingly licked the tines of his fork. “Live dangerously, little sis.”

Laughing, she did so. After finishing her cake, she accepted the groom’s invitation to dance and managed to hold her melancholy at bay for the rest of the celebration. But later, as yet another Valentine’s Day drew to a lonely close, she crawled into bed with a paperback that couldn’t hold her interest because her thoughts kept drifting back to the wedding reception and her big revelation.

It was time to live. Time to search for her passion. How? Where? What could she do to get the ball rolling?

Maybe she should begin with baby steps—get out of town, do something fun and spur-of-the-moment. Unfortunately, the sad state of her bank account limited her options. What she needed was another gig like the one she’d had last fall for the Thurstons, the über-wealthy owners of a vacation house outside of Eternity Springs who had taken her along on their Mediterranean vacation to babysit their beloved dog. A girl could do a lot of thinking while walking a dog along a beautiful beach.

One sleepless hour and then two ticked by, and the thought wouldn’t leave her alone. When she finally fell asleep, she dreamed she was in line for an adventure ride at an amusement park.

First thing the following morning, she looked up the phone number for the Thurstons and made the call. The Thurstons didn’t need her, but they had friends who had friends who were desperate for a caretaker for their four- month-old puppy.

By the end of the week, Gabi was boarding a plane in Gunnison. Thirty-six hours of bumpy flights, boring layovers, and a harrowing boat ride later, she arrived at her home away from home, a small, sparsely populated Caribbean island named Bella Vita Isle.

After meeting her employers, the Fontanas, and her charge, a Newfoundland puppy with a solid black coat and a playful disposition named Bismarck, she explored the house where she’d be staying for the next four months and had to pinch herself to be sure this wasn’t just a fantasy. Oceanfront view? A swimming pool? An electric massage chair in her bedroom?

Paradise wasn’t lost. She’d found it on Bella Vita Isle.

Flynn Seagraves glanced up from the legal document he was reading and smiled when Matthew Wharton stepped into his office. The silver-haired barrister had abandoned his usual Brooks Brothers look for island wear. “That’s some shirt you’re wearing, my friend.”

“Margaret bought it at the market in town yesterday. She said I should wear more red, orange, and yellow, but I think it’s a bit bright for me.”

“Not at all,” Flynn replied. Then he pulled a pair of sunglasses from his desk drawer and put them on.

“Very funny,” Matthew said as he took a seat across from Flynn. “She asked me to tell you that if you want your morning swim, you should do it now. She doesn’t want to try to cook tomorrow since we’ll be heading back to Miami early, so she’s decided you need a full breakfast today. Can’t have you wasting away, you know.”

“Not a chance of that. Have you seen all the meals she’s put into my freezer?”

“She thinks you need to gain back those ten pounds you’ve lost.” Matthew frowned and patted his bulging stomach. “And she wishes I could give them to you. She doesn’t cook like that for me anymore. I’ve been put on notice that carbs are not in my future.”

Flynn returned the sunglasses to his drawer, grinning at his friend’s glum tone. “Why don’t you leave her here when you go? I’ll take good care of her.”

“In your dreams, boss.” The lawyer buffed his nails on his shoulder. “She wouldn’t leave me for you. If you were short and pudgy with a receding hairline, I might worry, but she’s not impressed by rich pretty boys.”

“Just my luck,” Flynn said as he flipped to the last page of the document. “Women like Margaret are few and far between.” He’d learned that lesson from bitter experience.

“Do you have any questions?” Wharton asked, nodding toward the papers, his tone shifting to business. Serious business.

“No. It’s straightforward and clear.”

“And final. And unnecessary.”

Matthew appeared ready to ramp up his arguments yet again, despite the fact that they’d already been over this a dozen times before. Flynn headed him off by picking up a pen and signing the top sheet of a stack of paper. “It’s what I need to do.”

Matthew set his teeth but didn’t comment further as Flynn worked his way through the rest of the documents Wharton had prepared. When they were all done, Flynn returned them to a file folder and handed it over to his attorney. “I need a new start, Matthew. I know it’s symbolic, but symbolism matters.”

“So do patents. You are walking away from so much.”

“I walked,” Flynn corrected, gesturing toward the file folder. “Past tense. It’s official now, right?”

“I have to file the paperwork, but yes.”

Conflicting emotions swirled through Flynn. He was both happy and sad, relieved and disturbed and regretful. Of course, that seemed to be his default these days. “Flynn Brogan,” he said, testing his new name aloud. “My mother’s father would be proud that I’ve taken his name. He told me one time that one of his biggest regrets was that since he’d fathered only girls, the name would die out.”

“From what you’ve told me about the old Irishman, he’d kick your daddy’s ass for his actions these past few months. But back to those patents . . .”

“No longer my property. It’s okay, Matthew. This is the way I wanted it. Don’t worry so much.”

“After the past three years, it’s a habit.” His attorney and friend shook his head. “You do know that selling your company and changing your name won’t keep the vultures away. They’ll track you down.”

“I expect they will, but now that I’m living on the island, it won’t be easy for them. Plus, I’m determined to be boring. They’ll lose interest, and pretty soon I’ll be old news.”

“I swear, the worship of celebrity in this world is a disease.”

“Look on the bright side,” Flynn advised. “If not for my celebrity status, you wouldn’t have an open invitation to visit my island paradise anytime you’d like. Now, I’d better hit the pool so I have a big enough appetite to do Margaret’s efforts justice. Want to join me?”

“Are you kidding?” Matthew looked appalled. “If I exercised, I might lose my pudginess, and my bride might take a second look at you.”

“Damn. You saw through me.” Flynn pushed away from his desk and stood. “How long do I have?”

“Forty-five minutes, I’d say. Maybe an hour. She’s still whipping up her famous breakfast casserole, and it has to bake. She’s also making homemade biscuits to go with it, fruit salad, freshly squeezed orange juice, and who knows what else.”

“In that case I’ll swim an extra couple of laps.”

Flynn took the stairs two at a time to reach the master suite, sparing only a glance for the spectacular ocean view out the west-facing window. Despite all of the banter with his attorney and friend, today’s actions weighed upon him. He’d worked hard to build Seagraves-Laraby, and he was proud of what he’d accomplished. Cutting those ties hadn’t been easy. A man didn’t turn his back on his very identity without acquiring a bruise or two.

He changed into his swim trunks, looking forward to the distraction of a good hard swim and a hearty breakfast. He exited the suite by way of the iron spiral staircase that led down from his bedroom verandah. A dozen varieties of tropical flowers perfumed the air, and thick green grass provided a soft path for his bare feet as he crossed the lawn toward the pool. There he discovered a couple of trespassers—two large lizards swimming in the water along with leaves and flower petals that had blown in during last night’s storm. He retrieved the skimmer pole from the storage shed and set about cleaning his pool.

His thoughts returned to the stack of documents and contracts he’d handed to his attorney this morning, and with his focus on paperwork, he didn’t immediately notice the noise. However, the movement caught his attention.

A fluffy black dog dashed through the evergreen hedge at the far side of the yard just as Flynn scooped a lizard into his net. The small dog—no, a large puppy—spied him and altered his course, heading directly toward Flynn, yapping all the way. Flynn started to grin at the puppy when another figure fought through the hedge. He instantly went on guard.

The woman was beautiful. Supermodel tall, tanned, and nicely curved, she wore a yellow bikini top, jean shorts, and flip-flops adorned with sunflowers. She had her dark hair in a ponytail pulled through the back of a Colorado Rockies baseball cap. She did not have a camera in her hands or hanging around her neck, but experience had taught him that didn’t mean a damned thing.

“Bismarck! Get back here,” the woman called as she plucked leaves from her ponytail. “You can’t just . . . Oh.” Her gaze meeting Flynn’s, she flashed an apologetic smile. “I’m so sorry. Bismarck and I are still establishing who the alpha is in our little pack.”

The dog dashed up to Flynn, then plopped down at his feet. The woman scowled down at the puppy, who studiously ignored her. “It’s only been two days. It’s bound to get better.” Then she extended a hand toward Flynn. “I’m Gabriella Romano—Gabi. I’ll be pet-sitting next door for the next few months while the Fontanas are on an extended vacation.” Her lips twisted as she added, “Bismarck wasn’t invited to tag along. I can’t imagine why.”

His neighbors were named Fontana, although he had yet to meet them. Maybe she wasn’t a paparazzo after all. Maybe.

“I’m Flynn.” He shook her hand, then spoke his new name publicly for the first time. “Flynn Brogan.”

It sounded good, he decided. Not weird at all. An underlying tension about his decision to change his name dissipated. He had done the right thing.

“Nice to meet you, Flynn. Do you service next door, too?”

He blinked. “Excuse me?”

She closed her eyes and her cheeks stained pink. “Oh, jeez. That didn’t come out the way I intended. Pool service. Are you the pool guy for next door, too? The Fontanas didn’t leave me a number for the pool service they use, and I need help. There is something growing in the water, which totally stinks because I wanted to swim this morning. Once I got a good look at the pool . . .” She frowned and shook her head, sending her ponytail swinging. “It’s nasty. I’ve never owned a pool, so I’m not sure what it needs.”

She thinks I’m the pool boy. If Flynn had been 100 percent certain that this wasn’t a setup, he’d enjoy this exchange a lot more. “I’m afraid I don’t clean the Fontanas’ pool.”

“Oh. Well, I’ll figure it out. I’m resourceful.” Then she stared down at the dog and sighed. “Except when it comes to a certain Newfoundland puppy, I guess.”

“He’s a Newfie? I think of Newfs as cold weather dogs.”

“Yes. Well.” Her lips twisted in a rueful smile. “Don’t get me started. He sheds everywhere. He jumps on everything. He barks constantly and chases and nips at everything that moves. He’s as stubborn as my brother Max, and believe me, that’s saying a lot.”

“Love your job, do you?”

“I sound awful, don’t I? I do love animals, dogs in particular, and he’s a sweet little guy, honestly—for about five minutes every hour. We’re in an adjustment period. He’s a puppy being a puppy. I’m sure it will get better.”

She reached beneath the lounge chair for the dog, but before she could grab hold of him, he scooted out the other side. With that, he was off the way he’d come. She darted after him. “Bismarck!”

Flynn should have set down the pool skimmer and attempted to help, but two things prevented it. First, while he tended to think otherwise, the dogsitter thing could be a ploy. Second, and of more immediate concern, he couldn’t drag his gaze away from the lovely sight of a scantily dressed, long-legged beauty racing across his lawn.

The dog darted back through the hedge, and before she dashed after him, Gabriella Romano paused and waved. “Nice to meet you, Flynn. I’ll be seeing you around.”

Flynn watched her disappear into the hedge, her voice bellowing out, “Bismarck!” He set down the pool skimmer and prepared to dive into his pool, a hint of a smile playing on his lips.

Gabriella Romano. Dogsitter or snoop?

It served his best interests to find out. He imagined he could discover everything he needed to know in five minutes on the Internet followed up by a couple of phone calls. But where was the challenge in that? Flynn was a sucker for puzzles, and one had just blasted through his hedge.

As he executed a sleek racing dive into the deep end of the pool, Flynn decided that putting the pieces together just might be the most fun he’d had in months.

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    In Dreamweaver Trail (Eternity Springs #8) by Emily March, Gabi

    In Dreamweaver Trail (Eternity Springs #8) by Emily March, Gabi is looking for something, but she's not sure what.  On a journey of self discovery she leaves Eternity Springs and takes a job pet sitting on an island in the Caribbean.  On that beautiful island she not only discovers her love of and desire to make fine glass art, she also meets Flynn.  When she mistakes Flynn for the pool boy next door, he doesn't correct her.  Flynn is at his island home seeking anonymity after making headlines for all the wrong reasons.  He is not at all who Gabi thinks he is, he's hiding a dark past from her, and he's not looking for any kind of relationship.  Gabi isn't looking for a relationship either, after what happened with her former fiancee, she has a hard time with trust.  The island is small though, and Gabi and Flynn end up spending quite a bit of time together.  She can't deny he's hot and she can't imagine away the chemistry between them.  Gabi is cautious, but decides a vacation fling might be just what she needs.  They both feel more than they expected though, and just as things are progressing between them, terror strikes, his secret is out, and Gabi flees her Caribbean escape.




    When Gabi runs to Italy, where she is studying fine glass art, Flynn runs into trouble of his own.  Not just trouble, but a horrifying nightmare he barely makes it out of.  Flynn ends up in Eternity Springs, trying to find peace and heal even as he isolates himself.  With Gabi in Italy he thinks he and his dog are safe.  Until Gabi returns unexpectedly and is shocked to find Flynn living in Eternity Springs.  Gabi is even more disturbed by how much Flynn has changed since they last saw each other.  He's mysterious and won't talk to Gabi.  Even though Gabi didn't try to contact Flynn since she left the Caribbean, she still wants answers.  She also still cares and has strong feelings for him.  Feelings Flynn has too.  Flynn doesn't want to let Gabi in though, some part of him thinks he's protecting her.  He feels damaged, not whole, and he doesn't know if he'll ever feel whole again.  As hard as Flynn tries to push Gabi away, she pushes harder to get in.  Will he ever be healed enough to let her in?  Can they both forgive and have another chance together?




    Dreamweaver Trail is an emotional romance with tragedy and triumphs.  This Eternity Springs book is much different from the other Eternity Springs books because much of the story occurs in the Caribbean, not in Eternity Springs.  However, Eternity Springs is where Gabi and Flynn come back to.  I loved how Emily writes Gabi and Flynn's story in the two different settings.  The contrasts between the two are great, and she describes both so well that you will easily feel you could be there with Gabi and Flynn, frolicking in the water in the Caribbean, or walking in the snow in Eternity Springs.




    Gabi and Flynn are both great main characters.  They come from quite different backgrounds, but fit together so well.  Gabi is stubborn and will do what she needs to do!  She is a character you can admire...for all she's been through as well as the courage she has to take life and live it!  Emily gives us great background on Gabi, but leaves a little unsaid that I might have liked cleared up but it didn't take away from the story.  Flynn's story comes to us more gradually through Dreamweaver Trail, and he's been through a lot of tragedy and loss.  He is strong but he is also a bit broken, and Emily's way of writing about him will pull you right in...breaking your heart a little.  The chemistry between Flynn and Gabi is definitely there, heating up the pages!  I liked how Emily didn't write about this explicitly though, it was not necessary for the story and left some things to the imagination.  I loved the way both of their characters grew throughout Dreamweaver Trail, and how they dealt with conflict (and there is a lot!)... it was a process that could not be sped up.




    Dreamweaver Trail is Gabi and Flynn's story told over a period of time...long enough that it didn't feel rushed.  The pace is perfect, and Emily's writing is smooth and easy to lose yourself in!  Most of the secondary characters you will have met before if you've read the other Eternity Springs books, but Dreamweaver Trail can be read as a stand alone.  The secondary characters that are revisited are in the background enough that we don't need a lot of detail on them.  I did love the dog in Dreamweaver Trail, another character who will steal your heart!




    At times intense, at times more light hearted, Dreamweaver Trail is a contemporary romance I'd highly recommend if you want to lose yourself in another place for a while!  

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

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    Gabi Romano has taken to finding herself. After a traumatic even

    Gabi Romano has taken to finding herself. After a traumatic event and leaving behind her career she's hell bent on finding someone that makes her feel good again. Ironically, Flynn Seagraves is on that same path. He's got a murky, and devastating path that he's running from and being high profile doesn't help matters. The hurt, and loss send these two running right into one another. However, they can only escape from reality for so long. After a blissful couple of weeks secrets are unearthed, old wounds are reopened and after a strange turn of events they'll find themselves on opposing sides and running once again. 

    The good: 
    You can definitely expect the same heart warming and quippy dialogue from Ms. March in the eight installment. Gabi has been such a firecracker in the previous books, but she really lays it out in this one. She got on the fast track to becoming one of my favorite heroines in Eternity Spring. Flynn on the other hand- my heart just ached for him. He had the worst of the worst hands dealt to him. As a result he became brooding and shut off. Although, you know how much I love a brooder so it worked in his favor. The dynamics between Gabi and Flynn were quite adorable. They may be tough on the outside, but they melt when they're around each other. A trait that I always find so incredibly endearing. Side note- Bismarck is the absolute BEST! Love that dog. Probably made the story 5 times better with his antics. 

    The bad:
    This book took a very strange turn. I won't give it away, but about a third to a half of the way through the book I was left completely baffled. Take the circumstances out and I sort of like where the story arc was headed. However, the circumstances seemed too far-fetched for me. It took this once fun-loving series so a very peculiar place. Second bone to pick- I didn't get enough time in Eternity Spring catching up with everyone. I understand that at book eight something has to give otherwise the book would be 1,000 pages long. BUT a the first half of the book doesn't even take place in the quirky little town.

    Overall: 
    I still loved my trip to Eternity Springs. I don't think I'll ever say no to reading a book in this series because I feel like I know everyone in real life. I have a laundry list full of characters who I can't wait to see what happens to. These books do have a reputation with adding some semi-outlandish suspense into the mix. I just think this plot twist took it a little too far. Don't get me wrong I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, I'll just have to put aside the whole mind-boggling aspect. Bottom line- if you love the Eternity Springs series I still think you'll enjoy it. If you haven't read them, then you need to and start with book 1 right now! :)

    Happy Reading!
    *ARC provided by the publisher in exchnage for an honest review*

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  • Posted March 25, 2015

    Worse book I've read by this author. Girl meets guy. Girl goes

    Worse book I've read by this author. Girl meets guy. Girl goes to bed with guy she's just met. She's a former cop -- hello, wouldn't she have investigated the guy a little more? Only redeeming parts, in my opinion were the pirates and her desire to learn the glass industry. Living near a glass industry factory, it is not quite as easy as it is portrayed. Guess I'm getting old but hoping into bed with someone I don't know is not my idea of romance.

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  • Posted February 9, 2015

    This is the second story that I have read in the Eternity Spring

    This is the second story that I have read in the Eternity Springs series by Emily March. I found that this book was vastly different from the first one that I read. I think that the reason that it was so different is because Emily went in more deeply about the two characters being attacked and the aftermath of it. In addition, I felt it took a little longer to get to he main point of story. Some one would say that it was the right time in the book to have their the story really begin but i felt that it could have happened earlier.




    I really did like how well written Flynn and Gabi's characters were. I really felt like I was there in the book feeling everything that they felt. I think she also did a great job of describing the scenery of both the Caribbean Island and Eternity Springs.




    In addition, I really like how she ended the book as it made you want to read the next book in the series. I would say the reason that I gave it 4 out of 5 starts would be because it took longer to get to what the real meaning of the book and those main characters. I am very interested to see where she takes these characters in the future.




    I think this book is a great read for both the romance and fiction readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2015

    Great

    Loved this addition to the series. Gabbi's story was everything I had hoped for. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Great read in the Eternity Springs series

    This one has more drama again and had me in the edge of my seat. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Posted June 30, 2014

    Love the Eternity Spring Series

    Once again Emily March has written a wonderful novel with characters that continue to grow and
    overcome adversity. I can picture myself enjoying a stay at Eternity Spring. Thank you Emily March for continuing to write books that touch your soul and make you smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Excellent! Hooray!!!

    Emily March is back with Dreamweaver Trail and Gabi finally finds her true love. It keeps you reading right to the end always wanting to know what's next. Can't wait till Teardrop Lane comes out, too far off.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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    Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March Love this series because there

    Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March
    Love this series because there is so much to learn from the books.
    This one is about Gabi and how she's on an island in the Caribbean to recuperate from a shooting incident that rattled her while she was a cop.
    The story also follows Flynn who owns the Tradewinds on the island and a lot of property. They meet and she misunderstands and thinks he's just the pool boy.
    Lots of action and careers are detailed. She is becoming a glass blower and is given the chance to go to Italy to learn the trade firsthand.
    He has found the dog she was sitting for but has gone through a lot of torture and has disguised himself but headed to her hometown to heal. Others learn of his existence around town and others seek him out to help him and her get together.
    Hot steamy sex scenes but misunderstandings happen and they split and you wonder if the powers that surround the area will bring them back together.
    Loved learning of the step by step process of the glass blowing and his trade of designing things. Few main characters and a bunch of other relatives that live in town and so good to catch up with what's going on in their lifes. Love how she's able to see things and then can design them.
    Excerpt from the next book in the series is included.
    I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    Title: Dreamweaver Trail Author: Emily March Publisher: Ballanti

    Title: Dreamweaver Trail
    Author: Emily March
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Series: Eternity Springs #8
    Genre: Romance
    Rating:4.5
    Review:

    "Dreamweaver Trail" by Emily March ....

    What is this novel about....

    "Love and forgiveness spin their magic as a woman discovers that home is where her heart belongs in Emily March’s moving new Eternity Springs novel. After another lonely Valentine’s Day, Gabi Romano trades mountain snowfall for sunshine and sand at a luxurious Caribbean getaway. There she discovers a hidden talent for creating fine art glass. She also meets Flynn Brogan, the sexy caretaker next door who brings her fantasies to life. But when violence interrupts their romantic interlude, she learns that Flynn is living a lie. Heartsick, she decides to concentrate on her craft. Playing with fire is safer than loving a man like Flynn.

    Flynn is determined to make things right with Gabi—until his enemies interfere. Now damaged and driven by a need he cannot define, he seeks out Gabi’s Colorado community, hoping for reconciliation and some peace. But he never imagined a place like Eternity Springs, where lives are changed, second chances are given, and the possibility exists for two wounded souls to find their way home . . . to each other."

    What I like about this novel.....

    This series was of Gabi Romano and Flynn Brogan. I thought only magic could bring them together with all they had to go through. I felt this was a enjoyable contemporary romance with some suspense that will get and keep you attention till the end. This author seemed to have a way in portraying the folks of Eternity Springs in her series who really had to fight many hardships of life but in the end they are able to find love and even come out the better for it. How this author is able to do this is simply something...where you will find some 'humor, drama, trials, sex, tribulations' and only in the end there seems to be a healing process that will come about.

    Bringing these two together ...Gabi who seems to have lost it all and then there is Flynn who has a painful past and a bucket load of bad luck...however bringing them together again after all is said and done seems to have come kind of healing powers there in Eternity Springs where life seems to be worth them living once more. I don't want to spoil it for you because I want you to pick up the wonderful read to see how this author brings it all out for you.

    Be prepared for an engaging romantic story telling with intense emotions are at its highest where you will see how life has dealt these two people some horrible unhappiness but in the end...well again you must pick up "Dreamweaver Trail" to see if how will find happiness again. I found this novel had a wonderful supporting cast of characters that were well developed, portrayed, colorful and even yet believable.

    My Impression of this novel...

    I found this "Dreamweaver Trail" series number eight a very good read where there will be shown a special connection of these two people, coupled with losses and then a healing process as this author shows its reader in her writing using such gracefulness and even some humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Recommend.

    A good continuing story in the series..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    This is a wonderful series!!!

    After reading the first book, l thought nothing could be better! I was wrong,each story brought so much more to make this series so good! It would be a great place to live!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Return to Eternity Springs

    This latest book in the Eternity Springs series stands alone, but if you've read the rest of the series, you get a nice update on the rest of the town.

    There were some twists in the plot that I did not see coming.The synopsis does not dot it justice, but I hate to give away more of the plot. It is at times romantic, touching, frustrating, and funny.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Another excellent read by Emily March. I highly recommend all o

    Another excellent read by Emily March. I highly recommend all of the books in the Eternity Springs series. If I were you, I would save this one for a weekend or vacation read as you won't want to put it down!

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

    Gabi and Flynn were both broken and trying to find new lives for

    Gabi and Flynn were both broken and trying to find new lives for themselves but when they met, those breaks began to heal. Without giving much away, the trials they faced (together and separately) did a number on both but with the help of friends, family and a persistent girl, they began to rekindle their relationship.

    I really wish I had found this series when it began and definitely have some catching up to do. Starting with book eight, I assumed I would be a little lost not having read the previous stories. From what I could tell, I wasn't missing much (in a good way). I had no trouble following along and fell in love with the wonderfully written characters as well as the towns! Any character history that was necessary was included and I was pleasantly surprised. I am hoping the series continues and shows us a glimpse of the future Gabi and Flynn may have together!!

    *I received a copy of an ARC for the purpose of review*

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

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    Wow! This was absolutely wonderful!! Possibly the best one! I lo

    Wow! This was absolutely wonderful!! Possibly the best one! I loved the characters and settings and especially the story itself!

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    Reading Emily March and this particular series is like going hom

    Reading Emily March and this particular series is like going home and being enveloped in family who you love and loves you back! Gabi and Flynn are another couple who you would love for neighbors, friends or family! A beautiful story that each reader with enjoy and relish every word. Do yourself a favor---read each title in the series and await each and every new title in the series as I do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Excellent

    Nice page turner, little fun, little suspense, little sex and a fun romance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Loved this book. This is the latest installment in the "Ete

    Loved this book. This is the latest installment in the "Eternity Springs Series". Emily March does a great job of writing a book that
    makes you feel like you are in the book with the characters. This book made me laugh, cry (in the way a great story does) and root for
    the characters to find themselves and their way to each other. I would read any book written by this author, love her writing style
    and story lines. Great book!!    CynthiaLM

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

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    I am so glad to finally see Gabi Romano get her happy ever after

    I am so glad to finally see Gabi Romano get her happy ever after. Gabi has had a rough time after joining the Destiny Springs PD and having to shoot and kill someone in the line of duty. When the story opens, she has been drifting, helping her mom at the Inn, house sitting, basically trying to find her niche. When she takes a job house sitting on a tropical island, she meets the one man who understands her life all too well. Flynn Brogan has lived a nightmare, having been falsely accused of his wife's murder, losing his friends and family, and being hounded by paparazzi. Gabi doesn't know about this facet of his life as he keeps it from her.




    A horrible attack and resulting deaths, along with the truth of Flynn's history causes Gabi to flee the island and return home. Flynn's very existence is threatened when his tortures go from mental to physical and his life is totally changed. He ends up in Destiny Springs looking for some of it's vaunted healing nature and maybe,deep in his heart, a chance to find a way back to Gabi.




    I enjoyed this book because Gabi and Flynn are such interesting characters, both scarred by love and searching for a new beginning. Just when they find some peace with each other, life intervenes and they are torn apart. I appreciated that they both had to trust their feelings and really want to make the relationship work the second time around. Flynn is always hiding who he is and doesn't get what he wants until he can open up to Gabi. Gabi needs to trust in her feelings and go for the prize wholeheartedly. 




    As in all series, it is fun to see what is going on with the other characters and meeting new ones. There is an excerpt from the next book in the series and it looks like another winner in what has been an excellent series to read. When I got ready to read Dreamweaver Trail, I went back and re-read the entire series and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

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