Evergreen Springs (Haven Point Series #3)

Evergreen Springs (Haven Point Series #3)

by RaeAnne Thayne

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Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Haven Point with New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne, where hope, home and happily-ever-after are as close as your holiday stocking…

Christmas is the last thing on Cole Barrett's mind this year. He's barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life.

Physician Devin Shaw has long researched the curative powers of Lake Haven's mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch's attractively gruff owner: she'll give Cole's children a magical Christmas, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family's battered hearts—and her own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373788590
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Haven Point Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 83,483
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family. Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com.

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Devin Shaw was bored.

She supposed that particular state of affairs wasn't necessarily a bad thing in her current role as substitute attending physician at the Lake Haven Hospital emergency department. While a juicy trauma might be professionally stimulating and serve to break up the monotony, she adored all her neighbors in Haven Point and the greater Lake Haven area too much to wish that sort of stress and pain on anyone.

Better to be stuck at the nurses' station of the small emergency department trying without success—and not for the first time, alas—to learn how to knit.

"No. Your problem here has to do with the amount of tension on the working yarn," Greta Ward insisted. "If you don't have the right tension, you'll end up losing control and making a huge mess you will only have to undo."

The scarily efficient charge nurse of the emergency department at the Lake Haven Hospital leaned over her and tugged the yarn around her fingers in some kind of complicated way that Devin knew she would never be able to replicate.

"There. That's better. Try again."

Devin concentrated, nibbling on her bottom lip as she tried to work the needles that seemed unwieldy and awkward, no matter how she tried.

After her third time tangling the yarn into a total mess, Devin sighed and admitted defeat. Again. Every time they happened to be assigned to work together, Greta took a moment to try teaching her to knit. And every time, she came up short.

"People who find knitting at all relaxing have to be crazy. I think I must have some kind of mental block. It's just not coming."

"You're not trying hard enough," Greta insisted.

"I am! I swear I am."

"Even my eight-year-old granddaughter can do it," she said sternly. "Once you get past the initial learning curve, this is something you'll love the rest of your life."

"I think it's funny." Callie Bennett, one of the other nurses and also one of Devin's good friends, smirked as she observed her pitiful attempts over the top of her magazine.

"Oh, yes. Hilarious," Devin said drily.

"It is! You're a physician who can set a fractured radius, suture a screaming six-year-old's finger and deliver a baby, all with your eyes closed."

"Not quite," Devin assured her. "I open my eyes at the end of childbirth so I can see to cut the umbilical cord."

Callie chuckled. "Seriously, you're one of the best doctors at this hospital. I love working with you and wish you worked here permanently. You're cool under pressure and always seem to know just how to deal with every situation. But I hate to break it to you, hon, you're all thumbs when it comes to knitting, no matter how hard you try."

"I'm going to get the hang of this tonight," she insisted. "If Greta's eight-year-old granddaughter can do it, so can I."

She picked up the needles again and concentrated under the watchful eye of the charge nurse until she'd successfully finished the first row of what she hoped would eventually be a scarf.

"Not bad," Greta said. "Now just do that about four hundred more times and you might have enough for a decent-sized scarf."

Devin groaned. Already, she was wishing she had stuck to reading the latest medical journals to pass the time instead of trying to knit yet again.

"I've got to go back to my office and finish the schedule for next month," Greta said. "Keep going and remember—ten rows a day keeps the psychiatrist away."

Devin laughed but didn't look up from the stitches.

"How do you always pick the slowest nights to fill in?" Callie asked after Greta left the nurses' station.

"I have no idea. Just lucky, I guess."

It wasn't exactly true. Her nights weren't always quiet. The past few times she had substituted for the regular emergency department doctors at Lake Haven Hospital had been low-key like this one, but that definitely wasn't always the case. A month earlier, she worked the night of the first snowfall and had been on her feet all night, between car accidents, snow shovel injuries and a couple of teenagers who had taken a snowmobile through a barbed-wire fence.

Like so much of medicine, emergency medicine was all a roll of the dice.

Devin loved her regular practice as a family physician in partnership with Russell Warrick, who had been her own doctor when she was a kid. She loved having a day-to-day relationship with her patients and the idea that she could treat an entire family from cradle to grave.

Even so, she didn't mind filling in at the emergency department when the three rotating emergency medicine physicians in the small hospital needed an extra hand. The challenge and variety of it exercised her brain and sharpened her reflexes—except tonight, when the only thing sharp seemed to be these knitting needles that had become her nemesis.

She was on her twelfth row when she heard a commotion out in the reception area.

"We need a doctor here, right now."

"Can you tell me what's going on?" Devin heard the receptionist ask in a calm voice.

Devin didn't wait around to hear the answer. She and Callie both sprang into action. Though the emergency department usually followed triage protocol, with prospective patients screened by one of the certified nurse assistants first to determine level of urgency, that seemed superfluous when the newcomers were the only patients here. By default, they automatically moved to the front of the line, since there wasn't one.

She walked through the doorway to the reception desk and her initial impression was of a big, tough-looking man, a very pregnant woman in one of the hospital wheelchairs and a couple of scared-looking kids.

"What's the problem?"

"Are you a doctor?" the man demanded. "I know how emergency rooms work. You tell your story to a hundred different people before you finally see somebody who can actually help you. I don't want to go through that."

She gave a well-practiced smile. "I'm Dr. Shaw, the attending physician here tonight. What seems to be the problem?"

"Devin? Is that you?"

The pregnant woman looked up and met her gaze and Devin immediately recognized her. "Tricia!


Tricia Barrett had been a friend in high school, though she hadn't seen her in years. Barrett had been her maiden name, anyway. Devin couldn't remember the last name of the man she married.

"Hi," Tricia said, her features pale and her arms tight on the armrests of the wheelchair. "I would say it's great to see you again, but, well, not really, under these circumstances. No offense."

Devin stepped closer to her and gave her a calming smile. "None taken. Believe me, I get it. Why don't you tell me what's going on."

Tricia shifted in the wheelchair. "Nothing. Someone is overreacting."

"She slipped on a patch of ice about an hour ago and hurt her ankle." The man with her overrode her objections. "I'm not sure it's broken but she needs an X-ray."

At first she thought he might be Tricia's husband but on closer inspection, she recognized him, only because she'd seen him around town here and there over the past few years.

Cole Barrett, Tricia's older brother, was a rather hard man to overlook—six feet two inches of gor-geousness, with vivid blue eyes, sinfully long eyelashes and sun-streaked brown hair usually hidden by a cowboy hat.

He had been wild back in the day, if she remembered correctly, and still hadn't lost that edgy, bad-boy outlaw vibe.

In a small community like Haven Point, most people knew each other—or at least knew of each other. She hadn't met the man but she knew he lived in the mountains above town and that he had inherited a sprawling, successful ranch from his grandparents.

If memory served, he had once been some kind of hotshot rodeo cowboy.

With that afternoon shadow and his wavy brown hair a little disordered, he looked as if he had just climbed either off a horse or out of some lucky woman's bed. Not that it was any of her business. Disreputable cowboys were definitely not her type.

Devin dismissed the man from her mind and focused instead on her patient, where her attention should have been in the first place.

"Have you been able to put weight on your ankle?"

"No, but I haven't really tried. This is all so silly," Tricia insisted. "I'm sure it's not broken."

She winced suddenly, her face losing another shade or two of color, and pressed a hand to her abdomen.

Devin didn't miss the gesture and her attention sharpened. "How long have you been having contractions?"

"I'm sure they're only Braxton Hicks."

"How far along are you?"

"Thirty-four weeks. With twins, if you couldn't tell by the basketball here."

Her brother frowned. "You're having contractions? Why didn't you say anything?"

"Because you're already freaking out over a stupid sprained ankle. I didn't want to send you into total panic mode."

"What's happening?" the girl said. "What are contractions?"

"It's something a woman's body does when she's almost ready to have a baby," Tricia explained.

"Are you having the babies tonight?" she asked, big blue eyes wide. "I thought they weren't supposed to be here until after Christmas."

"I hope not," Tricia answered. "Sometimes I guess you have practice contractions. I'm sure that's what these are."

For the first time, she started to look uneasy and Devin knew she needed to take control of the situation.

"I don't want to send you up to Obstetrics until we take a look at the ankle. We can hook up all the fetal monitoring equipment down here in the emergency department to see what's going on and put your minds at ease."

"Thanks. I'm sure everything's fine. I'm going to be embarrassed for worrying everyone."

"Never worry about that," Devin assured her.

"I'm sorry to bother you, but I need to get some information so we can enter it into the computer and make an ID band." Brittney Calloway, the receptionist, stepped forward, clipboard in hand.

"My insurance information is in my purse," Tricia said. "Cole, can you find it and give her what she needs?"

He looked as if he didn't want to leave his sister's side but the little boy was already looking bored.

Whose were they? The girl looked to be about eight, blonde and ethereal like Tricia but with Cole's blue eyes, and the boy was a few years younger with darker coloring and big brown eyes.

She hadn't heard the man had kids—in fact, as far as she knew, he had lived alone at Evergreen Springs the past two years since his grandmother died.

"You can come back to the examination room after you're done out here, or you can stay out in the waiting room."

He looked at the children and then back at his sister, obviously torn. "We'll wait out here, if you think you'll be okay."

"I'll be fine," she assured him. "I'm sorry to be such a pain."

He gave his sister a soft, affectionate smile that would have made Devin's knees go weak, if she weren't made of sterner stuff. "You're not a pain. You're just stubborn," he said gruffly. "You should have called me the minute you fell instead of waiting until I came back to the house and you definitely should have said something about the contractions."

"We'll take care of her and try to keep you posted."

"Thanks." He nodded and shepherded the two children to the small waiting room, with his sister's purse in hand.

Devin forced herself to put him out of her mind and focus on her patient.

Normally, the nurses and aides would take a patient into a room and start a chart but since she knew Tricia and the night was slow, Devin didn't mind coming into her care from the beginning.

"You're thirty-three weeks?" she asked as she pushed her into the largest exam room in the department.

"Almost thirty-four. Tuesday."

"With twins. Congratulations. Are they fraternal or identical?"

"Fraternal. A boy and a girl. The girl is measuring bigger, according to my ob-gyn back in California."

"Did your OB clear you for travel this close to your due date?"

"Yes. Everything has been uncomplicated. A textbook pregnancy, Dr. Adams said."

"When was your last appointment?"

"I saw my regular doctor the morning before Thanksgiving. She knew I was flying out to spend the holiday with Cole and the kids. I was supposed to be back the next Sunday, but, well, I decided to stay."

She paused and her chin started to quiver. "Everything is such a mess and I can't go home and now I've sprained my ankle. How am I going to get around on crutches when I'm as big as a barn?"

Something else was going on here, something that had nothing to do with sprained ankles. Why couldn't she go home? Devin squeezed her hand. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves."

"No. You're right." Tricia drew a breath. When she spoke her voice only wobbled a little. "I have an appointment Monday for a checkup with a local doctor. Randall or Crandall or something like that. I can't remember. I just know my records have been transferred there."

"Randall. Jim Randall."

He was one of her favorite colleagues in the area, compassionate and kind and more than competent. Whenever she had a complicated obstetrics patient in her family medicine practice, she sent her to Jim.

As Devin guided Tricia from the wheelchair to the narrow bed in the room, the pregnant woman paused on the edge, her hand curved around her abdomen and her face contorted with pain. She drew in a sharp breath and let it out slowly. "Ow. That was a big one."

And not far apart from the first contraction she'd had a few minutes earlier, Devin thought in concern, her priorities shifting as Callie came in. "Here we are. This is Callie. She's an amazing nurse and right now she's going to gather some basic information and help you into a gown. I'll be back when she's done to take a look at things."

Tricia grabbed her hand. "You'll be back?"

"In just a moment, I promise. I'm going to write orders for the X-ray and the fetal heartbeat monitoring and put a call in to Dr. Randall. I'll also order some basic urine and blood tests, too, then I'll be right back."

"Okay. Okay." Tricia gave a wobbly smile. "Thanks. I can't tell you how glad I am that you're here."

"I'm not going anywhere. I promise."

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Evergreen Springs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thiis is a magical book. All about family, 218 pages of delight.
Cora More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book by RaeAnne Thayne that I have read so far. I instantly fell in love with the characters in this book. I don't know how RaeAnne does it. She has such a way of writing that you absolutely feel like you are a part of the family in the story. I didn't want this story to end. I loved the emotions and challenges that the characters had to deal with and overcome throughout the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne was a magical Christmas read. Both main characters, Cole Barrett and Devin Shaw, have their share of painful history and some of which they have no desire to share. But Devin is resourceful and chooses to see the best in others...her neighbors, her patients, the sexy brother of her pregnant patient Trisha. She sees the best in the behavior's of Cole's children, shy Ty and aggressive little Jasmine. The setting is clearly Christmas in the beautiful mountains....the conflict finding love and being denied because someone doesn't feel good enough for the fair doctor. It's an enjoyable read, lots of hope and the magic of Christmas and it is wonderfully clean romance at its best.
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phylis More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books once you start reading you just can't put it down. felt like I was part of the book and sure hated to see it end. It is about a hometown Dr who takes care of a friend of hers in the hospital she is drawn to this friends brother who has to take care of his children after his ex-wife dies. The Dr. (Devin) develops a strong bond with the children and falls for the brother. A cute story that you won't want to miss.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
The third in a romance series and one that I will definitely keep reading and reading, RaeAnne Thayne has topped my author list in the romance genre. Her stories have plot and romance, but the plot comes first! Something that sets RaeAnne Thayne among a lot of romance authors is the lack of sexy times and I am ok with it. I don't read erotica and don't tend to love all the sexy times, I love plot. The other thing that I love about her is that her leading men are not perfect. They have flaws and they have to deal with them before they can properly fall in love with the lady. With most romance books and this one included, the reader knows who will most likely end up with whom, but the journey is still satisfying. Just once I wouldn't mind being completely surprised though!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is a true love story, as well as a story of healing. the story of a man losing his wife, and is left with two children to raise, not looking for a new love. a woman doctor that looks to make life a little happier for her senior citizens. said man has a hot spring on his land, said doctor wants her seniors to use it for healing, in exchange she will make a magical christmas for his kids. warm fuzzy story. will be rereading this one.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A warm and touching Christmas novel, about forgiveness, family, and finding a forever kind of love. This story made me smile, it had me in tears, just a very well written, clean (no love scenes, no bad language) story, that has abundance of Christmas spirit. Devin and Cole are adorable. They fight the attraction between them, and it mostly stays on the back burner through the story, as the holidays approach, and the life turns into a storm like chaos for Cole. His pregnant sister arrives and has left her husband, his estranged father arrives and lives on the property, his children's mother has died, and suddenly he is a single father for two grieving kids, his horse business is just picking up... Just too much at once. But Devin is there, she steps in, she takes care of things, she organizes things, finds help, and just is there when needed. I loved it. They form a friendship of a sort, and help each other out, support each other, and listen to each other. Cole is such a good, caring, solid man. But he wasn't that in the past. He has a hard time forgiving himself for his past actions, and seeing himself now, how he has grown and matured to be the man he is today. He also struggles with his relationship with his dad, who abandoned him and his sister, after their mother died. His sister and her husband have their own issues, that they have to work through, with the twins on their way into the world. I loved the personalities of Cole's kids. They are true individuals, and spirited little people. Their sorrow over their mother's death was palpable, and the joy of the holidays then even more meaningful. The people in town are inspiring and loving. The help and support from them is heartfelt. The whole scene, with the extended cast, was so full of warm, fuzzy, Christmas spirits, and with several Christmas miracles, on the special night, this story just touched my heart, and I wasn't ready for it to end ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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GHott More than 1 year ago
Evergreen Sprints is what I consider a perfect Christmas novel! First, it’s full of characters you can’t help but to want to win. It’s completely full of Christmas spirit. Finally, Evergreen Springs is a sweet romance that everyone will love. There is nothing explicit or uncomfortable for Christians, non-Christians, or those that prefer not to read intamacies. ​One of the things I love most about a series by RaeAnne Thayne is that you can be a quarter of the way through a book in the series before running into characters you already know or realizing you’ve met the main characters previously.
Evarista More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne has done it again!!! In Evergreen Springs, we return to Haven Point, Idaho and all of her wonderful, heartwarming residents.
Cole Barrett is a handsome, single father and cowboy rebuilding his ranch and trying to heal the hearts of his two children after the death of their mother. Devin Shaw is a beautiful doctor trying to recover from the emotional and physical toll of a frightening, childhood illness.
Cole is trying to redeem his past by rebuilding his family ranch and making a loving home for his children. Devin is trying to be a wonderful doctor and friend to all the people in Haven Point. Both, Cole and Devin believe love, romance, and a loving family are out of their reach. You will be pulling for them to find romance, happiness, and each other.
Thayne creates wonderful, complex, sympathetic characters but she also renews are hope in humanity. She brilliant illustrates the miracles that can happen when people come together to help those around them. Thayne offers a new, optimistic perspective on life and romance. You will always leave Thayne's novels with a renewed sense of optimism,
I always look forward to RaeAnne Thayne's latest novel. You will love Evergreen Springs and will fall in love with Haven Point and all its residents!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Goodness, this is a wonderful, emotional story that I could not stop reading. It allows you to slowly get to know the characters from the beginning. Devin, who is a doctor, just wants to help and Cole, who owns a ranch and has two kids and needs help but is too proud to ask for it. I can't describe the feelings of warmth and the holiday season that this novel invokes. Such an outstanding story and you would be mistaken if you did not read this book.
book-addictSR More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne has done it again. Evergreen Springs is a great book with a wonderful story about forgiving. I am a big fan of the Hope Crossings series that RaeAnne has written. I am so happy that this new Haven Point series has a connection to all the folks in Hope’s Crossings. It was nice to see and hear about some of the folks from there. This story has it all. You will laugh, cry and read faster to see what is going to happen. In this book you see folks who have had a painful past and now have to learn to get past it. By doing this they can fall in love. It also shows a wonderful community that are always there for each other when they need them. I loved seeing all the folks in Haven Point and reading about Cole and Devin’s story. Cole and Devin both had difficult pasts but with the help of their friends, family and pets, they were able to work thru the past and come together. I am looking forward to more great stories from Haven Point.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Haven Point series and it picks up a couple months after Mckenzie & Ben's story ends. Having read books in the past by RaeAnne, I still enjoy her writing style and character development that she has in all her books. What I found I liked more in this story then in Redemption Bay was the main characters. Not that the previous characters weren't interesting, I just felt Devin and Cole had deeper pasts that grabbed you from the being and held you until the end. Another part of this book that I liked other than it being Christmas time was the two kids that she wrote into the story, Jasmine and Ty. I really liked how she wrote these two, they were two opposite brother and sisters that bickered but ultimately loved each other. The only part of the story that I felt didn't fit in was the sister Tricia and her part in the book. I realize this was how she got Devin involved but I felt that it was something that wasn't gone into as much as it could have been. I kind of thought as a reader that was because you were going to find out more in about Tricia and her husband in the next book. However, that wasn't the case because she wrapped up their story at the end of this book. Again I understood the purpose of the sister, I just think that storyline could have been written into the next book or a novella. If you are a romance reader who loves Christmas and stories about families then this is the perfect book for you. Can't wait to read the next book in this series and unlike the previous book I really don't know who it is going to be about.
JT1969 More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the Haven Point series - I haven't read the 2 previous books, but that did not impact one's knowledge to read this story set in a small town in Idaho. The plot centers around 2 mismatched people, Cole Barrett (an ex-con alcoholic rodeo cowboy) and Devin Shaw (a successful small town doctor). Every character has a rich personal history and is dealing with many issues/stresses in their life, but it was nice to see a G-rated romance bloom in this Christmas themed read. (Thanks to Judie of the Review Crew for the copy of this book!)
rphdarla More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this Christmas visit to Haven Point! Author RaeAnne Thayne tells a wonderfully delightful story of Devin and Cole. Devin is a doctor in town and Cole has come to Haven Point to try to save his family ranch. Of course, a few "situations" put them together .... and they end up salvaging the holidays for the kids and for themselves! Who doesn't like a happy ever after at Christmastime! Well written story of two people who needed to make the most of second chances.
uhave2loveufirst More than 1 year ago
Evergreen Springs is another great read in the Haven Point series. On duty in the Lake Haven Hospital emergency room, Dr Devin Shaw hears a commotion. She checks it out and finds the patient is a friend from high school, Tricia Barrett. Tricia has been brought to the e/r by her brother Cole. This is a serious situation with Tricia being 34 weeks pregnant with twins and now has fallen on ice. Cole hates hospitals ever since his mothers death in one around Christmas time when he was 11 years old. To top it off, his father, Stan, abandoned both he and his sister. Now later in life, Cole's father lives on the ranch property. Cole tells himself he does not care about Stan, but he does. Cole has already been challenged with taking care of his ranch and his 2 children he gained custody of recently when his ex wife died in a car crash. Topping it off, the maternal grandmother is talking custody fight. Tricia , separated from her husband Sean, came for what was to be a temporary visit. Now suffering from a severe sprain, she is having contractions. She is put on bed rest and given medication to stop the contractions. Though Cole thinks Devin is pretty, he also thinks she is too young for the position she holds at the hospital e/r. Devin thinks Cole is a sexy cowboy. After finding out the history of his gaining custody of his children, she has great empathy. Devin helps out by having meals made for the family, to helping the children make snowmen and decorate for Christmas. Cole is touched by her kindness. Cole's ranch has mineral hot springs and Devin would like to bring some of her patients there for the healing properties. Cole says no. He weakens and ........does he change his mind? Are Tricia's twins delivered safely? Is there reconciliation between Cole and Stan, and Tricia and Sean? Will Devin and Cole have a Merry Christmas and a future together? I always find myself invested in RaeAnne's characters. They are not perfect but they are interesting and have compelling personal stories. This is a great holiday romance! You will not be disappointed.
Cece56 More than 1 year ago
Haven Point is a small town where everyone knows everyone else, they help each other out and are willing to support each other. RaeAnne Thayne writes about strong men and women who are not perfect. They are trying to overcome something in their past whether illness or lifestyle choices. They are, however, all willing to step up if they are needed. Devon is a family practice doctor in Haven Point who sometimes works in the Emergency Room. Cole is a horse trainer and rancher who has suddenly become a single father when his ex-wife is killed in a car accident. He is way out of his comfort zone. Devon and Cole meet in the ER when he brings his sister in pregnant with twins and she has fallen. Devon offers to help with the children and suddenly finds herself with deep feelings for Ty and Jazmyn and Cole. Cole doesn't think this can work and pushes Devon away. I laughed, I cried and I wondered how people could be so dense but most of all, I could not put it down!
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne has a way of totally involving the reader in her books. When I'm reading one of her books, I feel like I'm right there in the town with the characters and I have a hard time putting the book down until I'm finished. Dr. Devin Shaw is on duty at the local hospital when Cole brings his very pregnant sister into the ER after falling on the ice. He has in tow his two children, of which he recently got custody because his ex-wife was killed in a car accident. Devin is immediately drawn to the single dad and his children. She can see that a lot of struggle is going on and she wants to help. After they leave, she contacts her sister, who is the mayor, and arranges for some meals to be collected and she takes them to Cole the next day. He is shocked that the community would do something like this for him. He feels he's just a washed up, ex-rodeo jock who used to live there with his grandparents when he was younger and feels uncomfortable with people helping him. And so it goes....Devin continues to help Cole with his children, with Cole's self-esteem, with forgiveness towards his father and in return, she finds purpose in her life again. She is also hiding a part of her past from Cole. Two unlikely people come together in this book and have a relationship that is so perfect! I loved it! Cole's sister's situation with her husband was another part of the book I loved! AND, Cole's father. So many familial relationships in this book that touch the heart..... especially Cole's interaction with his children. I highly recommend this book. It's a great book for the holidays too. Be sure to have a tissue handy....you will shed a few tears!
Virginialloyd More than 1 year ago
A Hometown Christmas Some folks were meant to remain in their home towns for life. Others drift back in times of duress, possibly escaping from the harshness of life - or misunderstandings grown into mountains. Devin Shaw was a homebody content with her life as a small town physician. Or was she? Loner Cole Bennett was one of those who had returned home seeking solitude, minding his own business lest his past cause concern. Circumstances and people have a. Way of interrupting best laid plans. In this case, two youngsters and a pregnant sister enter to shake up not only Cole's solitude but also Devin's content. Read Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne and immerse yourself on yet another visit to Haven Point where community and family are drawn together for the holidays - for life!
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
I have long been a fan of Ms. Thayne’s and Evergreen Springs is her latest book taking place in Haven Point. It is a holiday read and Christmas plays a big part in the life-changing events of both Cole Barrett and Devin Shaw. I won’t recap the story – you can read the book summary; better yet buy it! – but I will say that Evergreen Springs is about love, life, heart-wrenching past lives, and heart-warming futures. Both Cole and Devin must work thru issues to love both themselves and each other, and it is that journey that makes this book so special. Cole has two children, Jazmyn and Ty, who are just adorable. Truth be told, Jazmyn is a tough cookie but at 8 years old, she’s already had a hard life. Ty is 6, and a lot more innocent than his “big sister”. Watching these four, and the extended family members and friends, come together makes this book such a wonderful read that I highly recommend.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Cole has a dark past and is trying to make up for it by living a good life. But, life throws him a curve. His ex-wife is killed in a car accident and he is now a single father of two children who barely know him. His pregnant sister comes to visit for Thanksgiving, doesn't go home, his father shows up after too many years and wants to reconcile with the family that he abandoned. His sister is carrying twins and is not talking to her husband. She falls, sprains her ankle and is in premature labor. Almost to the end of his rope, he wheels his sister into the emergency room. There she is, Dr. Devin Shaw. The calm in the storm. Devin has dealt with some pain in her life. That is why she became a doctor. She wants to help Cole and the children, but can she keep her heart out of it? Great story. Love the characters.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
RaeAnne Thayne brings us another amazing story filled with characters that are real, flawed, and so very lovable. In this wonderfully crafted story we meet Cole Barrett. An Idaho rancher who is working hard to balance everything going on in his life. He has two young children who have only recently come to live with him, a ranch to run, and a very pregnant sister who has decided to leave her husband and come live with Cole. The last thing he has time for is trying to make this a Christmas to remember. Then he meets an angel. She comes in the form of Dr. Devin Shaw. When Cole's sister ends up in the hospital, Devin steps in to offer a helping hand. This Christmas turns out to be one none of them will soon forget. I highly recommend this book to everyone! This book is part of a series but it can easily be read standalone.