Blackberry Summer (Hope's Crossing Series #1)

Blackberry Summer (Hope's Crossing Series #1)

by RaeAnne Thayne
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Blackberry Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
It kept me reading. I wanted to find out what would happen in the end and how it would end. I found the struggles each individual character was dealing with thought provoking. The romance took a little long to get going but I did like the way it ended. I would not recommend it for teens because of a steamy scene that goes a bit too far. Most of it however is about surviving under difficult circumstances and learning to gain confidence in who you are. I really like the idea that through service, you are able to heal and come together as a community. It is so true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading books written by RaeAnne Thayne. I feel as if I know the characters and what they are experiencing by her descriptive passages and I am feeling their joys and sorrows along with them. So far, I have read 5 books in this series, no idea if it is only five books or more to follow. The first book, Blackberry Summer is about Claire Bradford, the mother of two, divorced (her ex-husband remarried, expecting another child with his new wife who was his young receptionist in his orthopedic practice still living in town?, her friendships with the women at String Fever (her bead store) and the McKnight family. Growing up, Claire's best friend was Alex McKnight, and through her life Riley McKnight, the little brother tortured and tormented them. Both families had similar childhood issues due to their fathers. Now Riley is back in town as the new sheriff (leaving behind his job as an undercover detective in Oakland. A tragic set of circumstances begin on a snowy night, touching everyone's lives. Claire, her children, and another young friend barely survive a car crash into the reservoir and only due to Riley following the suspects from a burglary, is he in the right place at the right time to save them but what happened to the truck that he was following and who was in the truck? As the questions are answered, Riley's feelings for Claire have grown since his youth and Claire begins to see Riley through "new eyes" but Riley was always a "love 'em and leave 'em" guy. He knows Claire deserves better and tries to reconcile his feelings with his past. As we turn the pages, other members of the McKnight family and the women of "String Fever" take more of a role which leads us to the following books. I wish I had read the books in sequence. The character development and the storyline would have flowed better for me. Unfortunately, I read the fifth book first and read the others as I was able to buy them. I loved the fifth book which fed my desire to find the earlier books. A thoroughly enjoyable read...
TheElizabethP More than 1 year ago
Good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story of love, family values. 263 pages of goodnrss!
Chelsey Dickerson More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down...so good!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
That ending. Just..that ending. Yeah book you won me over. This took me a while to finish. Maybe because I was liking the book to take my time reading and not wanting to just breeze through it. Or wanted to take a break from it for a bit since I was reading another book at the same time. Or both. Yeah let's go with both. Anyway, been reading a lot more cozies and contemporary romances lately. I think it has to do with the book covers and how it sets the tone of the setting the story takes place in and well, the story sounds good too. And this was quite the first book in a new series I can add to my ever growing series must catch up on list. I liked the setting, the cover and the very flawed two lead characters. Oh and it does have its share of cute and adorable moments and moments where you're just like, will you two just get together already! Anyway, a cute if a little bit of a emotional roller coaster kind of read. Looking forward to the other books in the series. Did I mention I love the cover?
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BookerGL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much and just bought book 3.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started out fast and continued at a good pace. Enjoyed reading a story where not everyone is perfect and rich.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
"We needed this. A reminder that no matter how difficult our own journey, sometimes the only thing that can ease our path is to stop for a while and gather strength by lifting someone else's burden" (page 342)   BLACKBERRY SUMMER is the first book in the Hope's Crossing series by RaeAnne Thayne.  This light romance fosters a sense of community, friendships, and helping others that raises it above the average romance novel.  This town has a curiously secretive "Angle of Hope" who steps up to meet people's needs just when they feel down.  Anything from paying heating bills, providing a good second hand car, to a get well gift basket appear to show people that someone else does care about them.  Claire is a divorced single mom who runs a beading shop in town.  When she and her kids are injured in a car accident because the police chief is chasing a ring of thieves, she finds that her fierce independence is threatened because she needs help after her injuries.  Riley is the new police chief who has just returned to his hometown.  Riley and Claire grew up together as friends  but now that friendship is growing into something else, but each of their pasts seem to be hindering their new found feelings.  How will the accident and the town's gossip mill affect their blooming romance? I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  The characters evoked many emotions and drew me immediately into this story of romance and community. I enjoyed the bead crafting and the atmosphere of small town relationships.  Looking forward to continuing this series to find out about more people's lives in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. I loved the small town, the homey feel and the great story. This was my first by RaeAnne Thayne, but it won't be my last.
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My sister and I have both read this series this summer and we love it! It's well written, interesting and the characters really get to you - you care what happens to them and can't wait to start the next book!
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A good mystery. Enjoyed. AD
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judiOH More than 1 year ago
this first story in the hope's crossing series is a romance between claire and riley. claire is a divorced woman with a daughter. her ex's new wife wants to be friends with her. she finds that weird and uncomfortable. riley is the new chief of police. they have a history. as the story unfolds, you realize that history is repeating itself to a certain degree. as riley and clair work their way to believing in their love for each other, there are many twists and turns, including a serious car accident that involves claire and a few teenagers in hope's crossing. this affects everyone in this little town. a most wonderful romance.
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This book was so good I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I would recommend it to anyone.
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GHott More than 1 year ago
That's exactly where Claire Bradford's faith is placed when she's walking into her bead shop one morning and can think of nothing except how she's going to finally make her business go. Then she realizes that she's been robbed. She doesnt even hesitate to call in her best friend's little brother - town troublemaker turned chief of police - Riley McKnight. This can't be right. The fortune cookie said 'fun and exciting'. There is just no way. Then things get worse.