Two weary strangers are about to rest their burdens in Eternity Springs, where there's hope for every broken heart.
Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn't found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs...and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he'd never have again.
Shannon O'Toole isn't looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé's death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can't deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she's hasn't felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible...
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TEN YEARS AGO
Daniel Garrett's eyes flew open to darkness and an unholy sensation of dread slithering in the pit of his stomach. He'd like to think it was due to the greasy plate of ribs he'd eaten with his dad last night at the Patriots game, but he knew better.
Something was off. His universe just wasn't right. The feeling had plagued him for the better part of a week.
So what was it? What had yanked him out of a sound sleep at — he glanced at the bedside clock — 4:57 in the morning, a full hour before the alarm was due to go off?
He took stock of his surroundings. Beside him, his wife lay sleeping peacefully, smelling of the rose-scented lotion she'd lathered on after her shower, the blocks of ice that doubled as her feet burrowed beneath his legs. Lifting his head from his pillow, he turned his ear toward the doorway and listened intently for any sound coming from the bedroom down the hall.
No. Nothing from Justin. Nothing from the puppy who slept in his son's room. No creaks from the staircase or chime from the clock downstairs in the living room. No howl of wind or ping of sleet outside. The winter storm that had chewed its way across the Eastern seaboard last night as they went to bed had moved on as evidenced by the stars visible through the sliver of space between the white eyelet window curtains of the master bedroom.
No, nothing external had disturbed his sleep. The trouble was in his mind ... his intuition ... his gut.
He'd seen something. Sensed something. But what?
He lifted his arms, laced his fingers behind his head, and stared up toward the ceiling. Maybe it was work. Maybe he was about to be laid off. Rumors of budget cuts abounded, and he was the youngest detective with the fewest years on the force. Last in, first out would get him. Or at least get him bumped back to patrol.
He hadn't helped himself by failing to hide his disdain for department politics, either. Daniel didn't play games. He didn't like people who did. As a result, he didn't get along with his boss or his boss's boss. They put up with him because he was good at his job, which made them look better at theirs.
But if heads had to roll ...
Wonder where his old uniforms were stored? Guest room closet, maybe? He hoped his wife hadn't gotten rid of them. He tried to recall the last time Gail had gone into one of her closet-cleaning frenzies. If she'd done it since his promotion, the everyday uniforms were likely history.
I don't want to go back to patrol.
He loved the job. Maybe he could get on as a detective somewhere else. They didn't have to live near Boston. Gail's family was spread all over creation. His parents would miss their regular Wednesday-night dinner with their only grandson, but they'd come to visit. They could fly free — one of the advantages of his mom having worked for an airline all these years. And his brothers ... well ... it might be good to put some distance between himself and those know-it-alls. Maybe he should put out some job feelers just in case.
Maybe the job wasn't the problem. Maybe this bad juju he was feeling had something to do with one of his family members. His dad had mentioned his angina last night. Daniel hadn't liked hearing that. I'll call him later and make sure Mom knows he's having chest pain. She'll make sure he sees the doctor like he promised me.
Restless, Daniel rolled onto his side and pulled Gail over to spoon against him. She mumbled something about Soupy Lou and vegetables and managed to distract him from his dark thoughts. Daniel grinned into the darkness. He figured she was reliving last summer's garden disaster.
Gail had gone totally ballistic after their puppy had made the serious mistake of plucking green fruit off her plants and gnawing them just enough to ruin them. In her angry outburst upon discovering the crime, she'd threatened to give the dog away, which sent their four-year-old son into a panic.
Daniel had known it to be an idle threat because Gail loved the six-month-old boxer as much as Justin did. Nevertheless, it had taken him half an hour and the promise to build a fence for their backyard garden to calm down both mother and son.
So the following day when Soupy made a chew toy out of his favorite pair of sneakers, he'd chosen his own idle threats more carefully.
Remembering how Gail's eyes had sparkled as she and Justin stood united in defense of Soupy had Daniel giving the clock a second glance. He'd burned almost forty minutes with all his worrying. Still left twenty minutes before the alarm. A good husband woke his wife from her nightmares, didn't he?
He shifted his arm and slipped his hand beneath the clingy knit of her pajama top. Cupping her breast, he trailed his thumb back and forth across her nipple until she stirred and sighed his name. He nipped the soft, sensitive skin of her neck, and when she shivered in response, murmured, "I love you, Gail Garrett."
"Love you, too," she sleepily replied.
Daniel made love to his wife, and the heat they created together chased the cold from his soul.
Sex as a distraction worked only until the worries came rolling back as he stood beneath a pelting hot shower at quarter after seven. Dammit, maybe he should come right out and ask Captain Hill about the downsizing rumor. Not that his boss would give him a straight answer, but his body language would betray him. In the first few seconds after posing a question to the man, Daniel could read him like a book.
However, if layoffs weren't on the horizon, Daniel didn't want to give his captain any ideas.
Another solution might be to fess up to his partner that he had the heebie-jeebies. James Reichs had twenty-seven years under his belt; he would respect hunches. Wouldn't he?
Maybe. Maybe not. He might tell me I'm an inexperienced idiot.
"Well, kiddo," Daniel could picture Reichs saying as he rubbed his jaw in his habitual gesture. "I don't know. There's a fortune teller over by the waterfront. Maybe we should go ask her. She could read her tarot cards and tell you what you're gonna be when you grow up."
On second thought, maybe he wouldn't say anything to Reichs.
Not that Daniel didn't give card and tea-leaf readers their due. He had some Gypsy blood in him from his father's side. His mother was full-blooded Irish. His heritage made him predisposed to accepting the reality of premonitions.
That's why he added an accessory to his workday ensemble when he dressed. He pulled on his Kevlar vest before he slipped into his sport coat and did his best not to feel foolish about it.
Exiting his bedroom, he glanced down the hallway toward Justin's room. The closed door and faint sound of local news turned low on the television downstairs meant that Justin was still asleep. Soundlessly, he pushed open his son's bedroom door. Soupy Lou immediately jumped down from the bed — where she knew she didn't belong — and into the dog bed at the foot of the boy's twin-sized bed. Daniel scolded the dog with a look, then turned his attention to his son.
An active sleeper, Justin invariably kicked off his covers so they dressed him in blanket sleepers on winter nights. He had a variety of cartoon-character versions, and the blue and gold of Daniel's collegiate team. Last night he'd chosen a green and orange Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles selection to wear, and now he lay with his knees scrunched up under him and his butt in the air.
A tsunami of love rolled through Daniel as he gazed at the softly snoring boy. Justin was a fabulous kid. Good-natured, except when he was hungry and then he turned into Godzilla-boy ravaging the pantry. The kid was curious about everything. He'd started talking a little late, but once the floodgates had opened, the questions never stopped. All boy — the rhyme about snakes and snails and puppy dog tails fit him to a tee. Give him the Nature Channel and a show about spiders, and he was one little happy man.
A happy little fearless man. The boy was entirely too daring for Daniel's peace of mind. Last Saturday was the perfect example. While visiting his grandfather's barbershop, Justin had taken advantage of the adults' momentary distraction when Pitt scored a last second touchdown to clinch a come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech. He'd fastened a barber cape around his neck, climbed onto the back of a barber chair, and jumped off à la Batman. His hand knocked scissors off a shelf on his way down, and the point missed hitting his eye by a hair.
"You will be the death of your mother and me, son," Daniel whispered now as he tucked the covers back over the boy.
He leaned down, pressed a light kiss against Justin's cheek, then trailed his knuckle across the dusting of freckles on his nose. Angel kisses, Gail called them.
We'd better hope your guardian angel covers your face in them.
Daniel took a couple steps toward the door and his right shoe wobbled as he stepped on something. Glancing down, he spied Justin's Batman action figure. His favorite. Now, sporting a broken arm. Kid needs to learn to keep his toys picked up. Thinking to teach the boy a lesson, he scooped the small plastic doll up with its arm and stuck them in his pocket.
Downstairs in the kitchen, Gail had breakfast ready and waiting. He savored his first sip of coffee, but despite the early-morning exercise, his normally healthy appetite had disappeared. He had to force himself to eat the bacon and eggs.
"What's the matter, Daniel?" his wife asked when he declined a third strip of bacon. "I can tell something's been bothering you."
He took another sip of coffee to buy time to frame his response. Gail knew him better than he knew himself. High school sweethearts, they'd married young and had Justin before they'd intended to start a family — a blessing, they'd discovered recently when Gail developed fertility issues. She'd always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and though money was tight, they'd made it work. The promotion to detective had darn sure come in handy. "I don't like that sound the heater's been making. Really hope we can make it through the winter without having to buy a new unit."
She gave him a measured look over the top of her coffee mug. Because the statement was true enough, Daniel managed to hold her gaze.
Gail didn't need the burden of this nameless worry of his. For a cop's wife, anxiousness came with the territory, but if fretting were a sport, she'd be a pro. On the All-Star team. She'd been more relaxed the past couple of months since he made detective and moved off patrol, but he saw no sense in causing her concern. Besides, the problem could very well be the furnace. They didn't need the financial hit for that right now. Not as long as they were making the hefty payments to the fertility clinic.
"What plans do you have for today?" he asked in hopes of shifting the topic of conversation.
"We have a big day planned. We're going grocery shopping this morning, then meeting Jeremy Tate and his mom at the mall for a matinee. The new Disney movie. If your day goes okay, want to meet us afterward for dinner?"
"Sure. Sounds like fun. I'll do my best to make it." Maybe he'd see about taking a half day of personal time and catch the movie with them, too. Two hours of feel-good entertainment might help him shake this funk. If he could talk her into ending their day the way they'd started it, he might put this weird mood behind him for good.
Daniel wiped his mouth with his napkin and stood. He leaned down, kissed his wife good-bye, then headed for the mudroom where he pulled on his overcoat and unlocked the gun safe to retrieve his weapon. As he slipped the revolver into the holster beneath his jacket, he heard the rattle of Soupy's tags and the thud of Justin's footsteps on the stairs. He almost turned back to greet his son, but a glance at his watch convinced him otherwise. A five-minute delay now meant another twenty minutes in traffic.
He second-guessed that decision minutes later as he accelerated on the ramp onto the interstate that would take him downtown. The chill that skittered down his spine had little to do with the crisp November weather. You should have taken the time. Being a few minutes late to work won't hurt anything.
Sure. Right up until the moment they started choosing warm bodies for layoffs.
Nevertheless, the urge to see and speak to Justin was so strong that he almost took the first exit and turned around. He might have done it, too, had his phone not rung.
Two minutes later, any thought of taking a personal day had evaporated. He called Gail. "I'm not going to make it this afternoon. We caught a homicide."
"Oh, no. I just told Justin you said you'd try to join us. He'll be disappointed."
"Tell him I'll take him kite flying this weekend to make up for it. The weather's supposed to be perfect for it."
"He's standing right here. Why don't you tell him?"
She handed the phone to Justin who spoke with a whine in his little voice. "Daddy, come to the movie with us!"
"I can't, buddy. Daddy's got to work."
"But I don't want you to work. I want you to come to the movies!"
"I'm sorry, kiddo. Tell you what. You be a good boy for your mother today, and Saturday, you and I will go to the park and fly a kite."
"Promise, Daddy? Cross your heart promise?"
"Cross my heart promise."
"I love kites even more than movies. Except for the popcorn."
"Hey, we'll get us some popcorn, too."
"Yippee. Bye, Daddy."
The dial tone sounded in Daniel's ear and he chuckled. Needed to work with the little guy on phone etiquette. Then Daniel tossed his phone onto the passenger seat and turned his attention toward murder.
It was a grisly, all-consuming business, though he did manage to steal a few minutes to call his father and nag him to make the doctor's appointment. Throughout the morning, his sense of foreboding continued to simmer.
They made a one o'clock appointment with the deceased's grieving sister at her home in a Boston suburb. During the drive there after a swing through a fast food drive-through at Reichs's request, Daniel brought up the possibility of layoffs. Reichs squirted a packet of ketchup onto his fries. "Forget about it. Ain't happening. You're not getting out of this job that easy. You're gonna have to suffer along at least until you get your twenty years like the rest of us poor saps. Is that what's been gnawing at you this week?"
"Yeah. No." Daniel watched his partner lick ketchup from his thumb, and his mind returned to the bloody scene where they'd spent much of the morning. "The husband did it."
"We'll prove it."
"Considering the history of domestic violence, we'll close it by the end of the week." Reichs popped another fry into his mouth and chewed thoughtfully. "What's eating you, Garrett? Have a fight with the wife?"
"No. Gail and I are good." Daniel sucked in a breath, then exhaled a heavy sigh. "I don't know. I'm being paranoid. But ... something's off. I have this spider crawling up my spine."
"That's why you're wearing your vest?"
Of course his partner had noticed. Very little got past James Reichs. Daniel described the sense of foreboding hanging over him like a storm cloud. "I don't know if it's all in my imagination or if I'm picking up on something that's real."
Reichs shook a fry at Daniel. "Doesn't matter. That's a lesson I learned many moons ago. You listen to your gut. It just might save your life."
Daniel's lips twisted in a rueful frown. "I'm listening. I just wish my gut would speak more clearly. At least let me know if this whole thing is business or personal."
"Be a detective, Garrett. Figure it out."
"Easier said than done," Daniel muttered.
Reichs finished his fry, then polished off half his burger before he spoke again. "You're still green, but you're smart. You're tenacious. You have great instincts. With a little experience, you'll be a damned fine investigator. When you're in a situation like this, you have to be methodical in your approach. Nine times out of ten, there's something there, something you're seeing but don't realize you're seeing. The place to start is your files. Take a stack of them home with you tonight."
Daniel nodded, glad to have a direction. He'd lucked out getting Reichs for a partner. The guy was a legend in the department, and Daniel knew he could learn a lot from him.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Shannon made Heartssong Cottege the perfect place to find peace, to finish the past and to find love for herself and Daniel.
Shannon O’Toole is renovating a cottage in Eternity Springs. She is also trying to rebuild her life because of a stalker. Daniel Garrett is a haunted man who tries to bring home children that have been kidnapped. When they meet at a mutual friend’s wedding, sparks are ignited and they end up having a one-night stand. When Shannon discovers she is pregnant, she is unsure what her next step will be. As she works to restore some small cabins, she encounters Benny and Linda. The story is that Linda is Daniel’s wife which sends Shannon on a whole new thought path. It doesn’t take long for Linda and Shannon to take a liking to each other and Linda tells Shannon she is under Daniel’s protection and not his wife. She is hiding from an abusive husband until a divorce and custody can be arranged. This again sends Shannon on another thought path. So far, she has not been truthful with Daniel but then he hasn’t told her his whole story either. Between the wonderful small town friendships, the determination of a man to overcome his past and for a woman who wants to be unafraid, the story is a wonderful mix of emotion, love and friendship showing what those things can accomplish when put together.
4 STARS I have only read the last two books of the series, but so far I have enjoyed it. I want to read the first 8 books of the series! This book did a good job of standing alone but I imagine it would be so much better if you have read the series. A lot of characters pop up and let you know how their lives are now Both main characters have gone through a lot of heart ache and are not looking to fall in love again. I so much wanted to help them. Daniel Garrett was a cop when he lost his son and wife. He left the police force to become a private investigator to help find kidnapped children and bring them home. Not too many of them alive. He has come back to Eternity Springs for a wedding. The flower girl is one he was able to find and bring home to her mother. Shannon O'Toole keeps herself busy with all her jobs. She has a lot of secrets since the death of her fiance. She is really lonely. They meet at the wedding and are drawn to each other. They have a one night stand. I did not want to put the book down and ended up reading till early the next day, I love the sense of community and all the characters that keep popping up and helping each other when they can. Also I want to read the other characters story too. It is full of romance, drama and life. It also has humor, action and mystery. Lots of songs and a couple of love scenes. This story has something for everyone. I was given this ebook to read by Netgalley and St. Martin's Press In return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of Heartsong Cottage book tour.
The first I have read by this author or of this series, I found this book read nicely without great holes. Well written and reasonably paced, the story moves between Daniel and Shannon, sharing their wounds, sharing with one another and learning to work together. A bit old school country music to the story – there were so many elements added to build empathy for and a connection to the characters that I found rather superfluous. It’s fine to have some tragedy –but when things just pile on one after the other, I tend to see that character as pitiful, not particularly engaging. While dancing on this edge, March did pull back on the pity party when she showed Shannon and Daniel and their connection with the growth of esteem and love between them. There were several moments that danced over the edge of believability for me, but those quickly were offset with sweeter moments of sharing memories and characters that are (I expect) familiar to readers of the series. Dialogue in this is wonderfully crafted and realistic, and that goes a long way to upping the enjoyment factor. I was a smidge disappointed in that the Christmas-y moments and seasonal elements I expected were late comers to the party, it did lighten the story somewhat, after a rather angsty read. While the first I have read from this author, it won’t be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and flow if not always where the story led, but I’m going to take a chance and grab a couple of other titles to see what shakes out. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review: I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
If you are looking for an amazing read that tugs on your heart, makes you root for the characters, and makes you believe in magic – holiday or otherwise – then this is a story for you! I loved Shannon and Daniel. They both had dark, bad things happen to them in the past but Daniel’s story really got to me. I won’t go into story details, you can read them for yourself (!), but the cast of Eternity Springs make it funny and well-rounded. I started this book and finished it 6 hours later; I literally couldn’t put it down. It is a wonderful addition to the Eternity Springs series but seriously, it will make you care about these people and want to chase “the bad guys” yourself. I highly recommend!
I honestly have no words to describe how good this story is. The beginning was a shocker, I have to tell you. I was absolutely speechless. Then you just keep on reading and you are engaged in the story all the way until the end. What a wonderful addition to the Eternity Springs series. Well-done Emily March!
March’s latest Eternity Springs novel is a heartbreaker, a thriller and an emotional romance all rolled into a heartwarming holiday tale. Her couple are genuinely likeable kindred spirits, both fighting horrific demons of their past. Her memorable co-stars provide an authentic circle of protection while her idyllic town provides a safe haven albeit at times a meddling one. The ending is an explosive nail biter, the title is a fantastic fit and when her stars finally open their hearts to each other it’s a joyous occasion. The novel stands well on its own, but as always its best to read a series in order. After the abduction and murder of his young son and soon after his wife’s suicide Daniel Garrett left the police force and opened a PI firm specializing in finding missing children. Now nearing the tenth anniversary of that tragic event and burnt out from the savagery he sees daily, he’s happy going to a friend’s wedding. He’s confused by the strong desire he feels for a certain Jill-of-all-trades. Running from her past Shannon O’Toole is lucky to have found sanctuary no matter how temporary in Eternity Springs Colorado. She keeps the ghosts at bay by keeping busy, running the local pub, teaching yoga and renovating her cozy cottage. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate matters. And life really gets complicated when their one night of passion comes with an unexpected and life-changing consequence.
This novel was an emotional rollercoaster from the first chapter. It brought tears to my eyes more than once, and usually they were happy tears. March returns to Eternity Springs in such a manner that I truly felt as if I’d been there. She topped that off with an exciting story that held my attention. She melds romance with suspense in a very real way that I couldn’t help but get lost in. I loved getting to know Daniel. Seeing him on his road to recovery while also living his life let me get to know him on so many levels. Shannon’s past and present collide in a remarkable manner. I loved her strength of character and compassion. They drew me to her and allowed me to connect with them. I love March’s take on country music. The main characters’ banter about it, and music in general really added an extra dimension to their characters for me. This was an exciting and entertaining story that truly allowed the best of Eternity Springs to shine through. It truly held my attention throughout. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Before I finished this book I sent an e-mail to my sister telling her to look for the Eternity Springs series by Emily March hoping that she will be able to find and check them out from her library. It is a GREAT book! It is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be my last!!! Some of the words and phrases I wrote down in my notebook while reading include: *multi-layered *great character development *wonderful dialogue *real people *intense emotions *heartstrings *heartache *sweet *deep *believable *”pets are family” Book ten of the Eternity Springs series tells the story of Samantha and Daniel. Neither is looking for love or a relationship but find more than they bargained for at a wedding. The fact that they did not fall in love immediately, had issues from their pasts to contend with, were both a bit leery and took their time to get to know one another was a good thing. I enjoyed the snippets of memory Daniel shared with Samantha related his son (Justin) and Justin’s dog Soupy Lou – it was heartwarming and brought the characters to life in a special way. I enjoyed meeting some of the characters that must have been in previous books and may show up in those that will follow. I like Eternity Springs and look forward to finding out more about the people that live there. I also want to know how the mosaics Samantha is creating for the Mama, Papa and Baby Bear cabins will turn out. This was a delightful book and I would like to thank NetGalley and Saint Martin’s Press for the advanced readers’ copy I received.
'Heartsong Cottage' (Eternity Springs Series, Book 10) by Emily March is a fantastic read. I loved reading Shannon and Daniel's story. This story takes readers on an emotional journey. It's packed full of romance, touching moments, close family and friends, drama, tragedy, and happy endings. This is an excellent addition to the Eternity Springs Series. Emily March has written another wonderful story. I can not wait to see what happens next in one of my favorite series in 'Reunion Pass' (Eternity Springs Series, Book 11). Highly recommend to all fans of romance.
This is book Ten in the "Eternity Springs" series. This is also my first book in the series so For me I didn't find a problem not having read the other books. Although I now want to read the other books! This is really a different type of romance books than I normally would read. This has some very sad and hard parts for each of our heroine and hero to over come. Our hero, Daniel Garretts sadly lost his son and shortly there after his wife. Which changed his life completely and went into making changes to his life by leaving his job to look for missing children. Our heroine, Shannon O'Tool, also has felt the loss of a loved one in the way of her husband to be.. and is not looking for love anymore. Shannon is looking at fixing up cottages. But Shannon and Daniel meet and put them on a path to finding each other. A really emotional, love story that I was glad to have the chance to read.
** I received a copy of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review** Heartwarming! 5 stars Emily March is a new author for me! I really loved Heartsong Cottage, the 10th story in her Eternity Springs series, which is set in a small town of Colorado. It tells the story of Daniel and Shannon. Daniel, an ex detective, has to make a fresh start , after the deaths of his wife and son. He now devotes it's time and energy to find missing children. Shannon, lives in Eternity Springs; after the death of her fiancé, she decides she doesn't need love in her life again! But their worlds will collide with force and intertwine in a beautiful suspense which Ms. March slowly built to keep me turning page, to know what would happen next. Excellent slow pace to create anticipation. The characters are lovable with their flaws! Will love and romance be in the air for those two! I recommend this book, you will enjoy it!
I absolutely loved Heartsong Cottage by Emily March. I just started reading Emily's Eternity Springs series this year and I have loved everyone one of them so far. Daniel and Shannon stories are hard, but Emily makes both of them strong characters that you will fall in love with. They both have had terrible tragedies that happen in their lives. You will watch them grow and build strength throughout this book. You will feel sadness, happiness and love all the way through this amazing book. Please do yourself a favor and read this book and all of the Enternity Springs series, you will not be disappointed. I was so lucky to be given this wonderful ARC, for my honest review.
Another great Eternity Springs book. I couldn't put it down once I started it. Can't wait for the next one! Daniel is back for Hope's wedding when he meets Shannon the local barkeep. Shannon is running from someone in her past. Both have reasons not to settle down, not to love again, and not to give their trust to someone else. Both have to work through the issues to get to the love they have for each other. With ups and downs, stupidity and forgiveness, this book takes you on a rollercoaster from start to finish. Make sure to have your tissues handy. Emily has hit another out of the park!
Sometimes titles and book blurbs can be deceiving, as was the case with Heartsong Cottage by Emily March. Based on the novel's summary, I thought this was going to be an emotional read, with two main characters that find love again after enduring tremendous heartache. I was partly right. This angst of a read is replete with emotion, disturbing discoveries and a couple of demented men. The good times are overshadowed by all the seriousness and weighty entanglements. Tragedy struck detective Daniel Garrett when he lost his wife and young son ten years ago. Since that time, he has devoted his life to finding missing children. Daniel finds solace when visiting Eternity Springs, a small town in Colorado with almost mystical qualities. Meeting Shannon O'Toole has brought new meaning to Daniel's life and a second chance at lifelong happiness. Shannon O'Toole has had to reinvent herself each time her stalker locates her. She is somewhat settled in Eternity Springs, where she works all the time, running a bar and creating beautiful mosaic home designs. Falling in love is not a possibility, due to her mobile lifestyle. Luckily, Daniel captures her heart, and her trust in him is what frees her from her past. Overall, I liked this story. The characters are well-defined and easy to get to know. Daniel and Shannon form a bond that is like no other, and I was cheering for them to end up together. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
This is the tenth book in the Eternity Springs series and I think each book just keeps getting better and better. And no one needs the healing powers of Eternity Springs like Daniel Garrett and Shannon O'Toole. Both have suffered tremendous loss in their lives and now live sheltered and hidden lives. Together, with the help of the residents of Eternity Springs, perhaps they can put the past where it belongs and begin living for the future. Or can they??? Loved this story! It is packed with a ton of emotion, both heartache and joy. This one needs to be on everyone's must read list!! I highly recommend it.
It is very rare that a story comes along and rips your heart right out of your chest. Heartsong Cottage was that story for me. Having to pick yourself up after losing a child the way Daniel did. Not having any closure that practically gutted me. What was miraculous is that he took that horrible event and created something beautiful. Heartsong Cottage is full of so much heartbreak. I wouldn't wish what Daniel and Shannon went through on my worst enemy. If you think Heartsong Cottage is a tearjerker, it is. However, this read is more than just pain and tears. It is a story of courage in the face of heartbreak. It is a story of healing and helping others to do the same. Emily March has written a story that is believable and real, that's what makes it so scary to think about. I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review.
3 - Been there, done that. Got the casket.” Stars. Whilst for the most part and enjoyable read, there were several issues I had with Heartsong Cottage, being my first read from Emily March I didn’t really have any expectations going into this one apart from it being a seasonal read. The cover intimates that fact, and unfortunately that is not the case, Christmas is barely mentioned and it is literally in the last 20 pages or so that it is. For me this is a big sticking point, because when you offer up a cover showing a snowy cottage, with Christmas lights and a tree I am expecting the bulk of the story to at least play out in December. He’d laid open his soul to her, she’d continued to keep secrets. My second issue is the fact that for most of this book I felt like I was reading a written reimagining of a depressing county song, you know the ones… My wife done left me, my dog gone died, my car broke down, and my house burned to the ground, because if in any situation there could be a way to turn it into a drama the author did it, there were the odd Taylor Swift Shake It Off moments, but at around the 70% mark I was wondering if there wasn’t a tragedy that the author was going to try and incorporate into this couples story. She was so tired of running. So tired of always looking over her shoulder. Ever so tired of always being afraid. But enough of the negative, there were positives to be gained from Emily March’s story. Being my first visit to Eternity Springs the town and its characters are extremely well established and you feel it in the writing. I liked Daniel and Shannon for the most part, it was just all the unfortunate issues that befell them as the story progressed that became a little too much. The story-line didn’t really offer up a huge amount in the way of surprises in its twists and turns, but there were several moments when this hard hearted reader welled up (not really I am as soft as they come!). ”Let me tempt you… ”That’s all you’ve done since the day we met. The book is well written, I wouldn’t have expected anything less of an author of this calibre, as I said this is the first book in the series that I have read, and being book ten I didn’t feel lost or out of the loop, so it can certainly be read as a standalone. My main issue is just in the fact that this book has been wrapped up to look like it is a Christmas read, and it doesn’t qualify for that genre to me personally. I would happily look to read previous or future books from the series. ”A heartsong is beautiful. It’s timeless. It’s classic.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.