After a failed engagement, Captain Andrew Lee James has focused on building a career in the Army he loves. That commitment includes helping a feisty, out-of-work ballerina whose devotion to her grandmother’s dying wish immediately grabs his heart. She’s the one, but will he be able to win the heart of a woman who has vowed to never be involved with a soldier?
College graduate Clara Malone swore to never love anyone in the military again but when her dying grandmother asks her to deliver a love letter to the general who broke her heart decades ago, she agrees and finds herself escorted by a handsome Army captain whose kindness challenges her beliefs. Surrounded by desert willows that shower her path with pretty pink flowers and sing with the buzzing of hummingbirds, Clara enjoys the wild beauty of El Paso—and her time with Andrew—more than expected.
Can she deliver her grandmother’s last love letter without losing her heart to a man who represents everything she fears?
|Publisher:||Lighthouse Publishing ()|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
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Here is an incredibly touching story about second chances, timing, forgiveness, and stepping out of your comfort zone, letting go of fear, and taking a chance. I fell head over heels in love with Andrew and his pursuit of Clara, the ballerina that is stubborn to a fault, refusing him at first, but finally giving in to her heart. Theirs is the main focus but what really intrigued me about this novel was the reason for Clara and Andrew meeting: Clara's grandmother's dying wish for Clara to deliver a letter to her ex-love, a retired Army general, a story that few characters know about. While witnessing Andrew and Clara's relationship blossom the unknowing characters get tidbits about the reason behind the letter, which fit in swimmingly. Old love co-mingles with new love in a beautiful way! Wonderfully written amid the beautiful hills of El Paso, Texas, the imagery is vivid and pure, giving the perfect backdrop to this emotional story and I sincerely enjoyed this novel from cover to cover! *I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.
I normally don't read Contemporary Romance, but the synopsis and cover of this book, really drew me to read it. I am VERY glad that I did, as this book is a Page Turner from beginning to end. Clara is the main character in the book. She just graduated from college and is starting to pursue her dancing career. She is summoned by her grandmother to deliver a Letter to a Captain in the Military. She has sworn off men of the Military, but honors her grandmother by agreeing to deliver this letter. She meets Andrew, the Captain in the Military. Though she swore off Military men, the 2 form a friendship. After doing some "self digging" into their past and seeking to heal from their past, their friendship becomes more. I really love the theme in this book. The fact that working through past hurts and allowing God to show you his plan, can lead to roads you thought you could never travel. For Clara, that road was one of being involved with a Military man. She was able to get past that fear and found a beautiful relationship with a wonderful man. Patricia Beal is a new to me author, but I am looking forward to reading many of her books. GREAT book and Fantastic storyline!
My review: Clara graduated from college with her degree in dance. Now the hard work starts, getting paid to dance. While her mother is in Brazil with her ill grandmother, Clara heads to Texas to deliver a letter. The strange request is the last thing her grandmother asked of her, and to honor her, she is now in Texas. Andrew is stationed in Texas and was excited to hear that a friend from overseas is heading to the same duty station. When he arrives at the air port to greet the family, he is surprised to someone else meeting them too. Immediately, he thinks Clara is a beautiful woman with a sweet spirit, and wants to get to know her. This is a sweet story of two young people who are dealing with old hurts and learning to move on and love again. I enjoyed the story. It was a bit predictable at times, but it moved along at a good pace. I read this while traveling and liked it. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.