Leaving Yesterday: A Laurel Falls Novel

Leaving Yesterday: A Laurel Falls Novel

by Zoe Dawson

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If you love Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Rachel Gibson, don’t miss the start of this captivating small-town romance series! Laurel Falls, Montana, features spectacular mountain scenery—but it takes a rugged cowboy to convince one woman to slow down and enjoy the view.
Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.
A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He’s couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.
As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.

Praise for Leaving Yesterday
“I loved how Zoe Dawson’s wounded-soul hero and strong heroine both came alive in the pages of the story! Leaving Yesterday touched my heart and made me want to spend more time visiting this small-town world.”USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan

“Rich with heartwarming romance and well-drawn secondary characters, Leaving Yesterday is a wonderful start to Zoe Dawson’s new Laurel Falls series.”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of The Best of Me

“With swoon-worthy men, family heartbreak, and the healing power of love, Leaving Yesterday is a perfect romance for your keeper shelf. You won’t want it to end.”—Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander’s Beloved series
“A lovely story . . . I loved the descriptive writing of the locations, people, and landscape.”—Alpha Book Club
“A small-town story that will capture your heartfelt attention.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101965542
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: Laurel Falls , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 289
Sales rank: 387,135
File size: 916 KB

About the Author

Zoe Dawson had always dreamed of becoming a full-time romance writer, and with determination, persistence, and a little luck that wish came true. Her other passions include traveling the world, owning a beach house (she believes she was a mermaid in another life), and seeing her books in movies. When she’s not writing, she’s painting or killing virtual MMORPG monsters in World of Warcraft. She lives in North Carolina with her two grown children and one small, furry gray cat.

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Leaving Yesterday: A Laurel Falls Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Leaving Yesterday started strong with a hero and heroine I liked. Right off the bat I could tell they were both good people, each with their own set of baggage, each deserving to find real love. Things I liked: The hero and heroine. They were both strong and independent and meshed well together. I loved the nickname he had for her (Commander Princess). I liked the town, I want to visit and see the mountains and springs and stay at that rundown abandoned old inn! This book also had great, fully developed side characters who have been set up to get their own novels. What I didn't like so much: Those side characters I mentioned? While I loved them all, I wasn't a fan of the POV shifts into their heads. Call me a traditionalist, but I'd rather my romance novels stick with the h/H POVs and leave the side characters to the side. I don't want in their heads yet, learning all the details of their personal stories. I think this would have benefited with either a revised blurb indicating that there were more stories here than just the main characters romance, or reclassifying this as.... something else. A contemporary drama maybe? I don't know. It just wasn't what I expected and that sort of put a damper on my reading experience. All that said, this was an enjoyable story about enjoyable characters. I would gladly revisit Laurel Falls to see what happens for those secondary characters as well as to see how things are going with Trace and Rafferty. (I really hate her name by the way. But it is the perfect trust-fund baby name.)
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson Laurel Falls Series Book One Rafferty Hamilton was doing something she'd never done...driving across country. In her years of working with her father to buy land for their resorts, she always flew. Now, she drove her new sports car and was enjoying the scenery while thinking back over her life. The ink still wet on her divorce papers...the pain of a failed marriage still on her heart. Where did it all go wrong? And then...the new car just stopped. Trace Black headed out to help the lady who just called about needing her car worked on. He didn't expect the gorgeous woman or the fancy car. It was too much like his mother. A woman who was a city slicker and had no place in their little town of Laurel Falls, Montana. The longer the car parts took to come in, the more he wished she did fit in. This was a page-turner—couldn't put down type of book. I loved it and can't wait for more books on the Black family and the wonderful people of Laurel Falls. **Sexual content and language
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I’ll be honest, I was expecting a fairly “standard” experience. I expected to like it, but in a forgettable – just another romance book – kind of way. I was wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and almost everything about it. I didn’t like jumping perspectives so much, but I understand why it was written that way. Other than that, I loved every single character and want more of them. There’s very vivid imagery. There were so many things that could have happened or been over dramatized, but none of that occurred – good on Zoe Dawson! Overall it was sweet and heartwarming, and not just because of the romance. Leaving Yesterday is a book that sucked me in from page one and held me till the last page. If you’re looking for a feel-good read, pick up this awesomeness!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
Okay ladies, first off, who wouldn't mind seeing him poking around under your hood? And I bet he looks just as fine from the backside. Just sayin'. I have said it before, and I will say it again, a good cover can totally hook me into reading a book. Then there's the blurb. We have a Montana setting with it's big skies, a former Marine and a woman who is nearly his exact opposite. It's big city meets small town country. Let's the sparks begin! The book started good, but it wasn't long before it felt more like an ensemble piece. The story was about so much more than Rafferty and Trace. The beginning of a series of interconnected stories all appear to have their roots here in this one. I normally am very big on series and stories that flow from one book to another. However, at times, I felt like this might have been just a bit too much going on for the first book. After all, I have seen secondary romances in stories before, but I counted the potential for 5 couples stories. It felt almost like the author was making sure to get them all set up for something further down the line... Oh, wait, maybe she is... Hmmm. I will definitely have to wait and see what transpires in the next book. I liked that the author didn't turn Rafferty into a snobbish socialite who gets taken down a peg or two by the country bumpkin. But she also didn't make Trace the muscle bound alpha male who comes along and "saves" the little woman. Rafferty was an intelligent, thoughtful and surprisingly funny woman who goes head to head with Trace, a stubborn proud man doing his best to keep his family together. Together they find they have more in common than they realized, and that sometimes, you have to let go of yesterday to find the promise of tomorrow. There was a few spots that were a little slow for me, but it held my attention pretty well. Overall, I enjoyed the read and plan on picking up the next book in the series, Maybe Tomorrow, featuring one of those 5 side couples I mentioned earlier. I gave this book a solid 3 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Loveswept for the opportunity to read and review the book.
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
LEAVING YESTERDAY is a really great start to the Laurel Falls series and showcases the best of small towns - the community, friendship and sense of belonging. There is so much to love about this story. The woman on a quest to find herself, the man whose devotion to his family is absolute and the almost dead town and its people who still have hope in spite of the challenges they face. Rafferty Hamilton is a woman on a quest to find herself even if she doesn’t know that. With her divorce finally behind her, she buries herself in work and decides on a road trip to scout locations for her family’s hotel chain, but car trouble strand her in Laurel Falls and she finds herself falling in love with an almost dead town and it’s people who still have hope in spite of the challenges they face, especially a certain mechanic whose devotion to his family is absolute. Trace Black is the glue that holds his family together and they need him now more than ever, especially his younger brother who was injured in action and suffers from PTSD. He certainly has no time for a relationship, especially with a high maintenance city girl but he can only resist for so long. Rafferty and Trace may have very different backgrounds, but they both have big and generous hearts, always thinking of others first, always giving. With their lack of faith in relationships, will they be open to the possibility that the connection between them could be more than a temporary thing? Besides the development of Rafferty and Trace's relationship, the author takes the time to lay the foundation for the following stories and to be honest, the details were a lot to take in with so many secondary characters but it was very enjoyable to meet all of them. This is such a sweet and cute story that will bring a smile to a reader's face and have you rooting for both the love connections to flourish and for the town to be brought back to life. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Rafferty Hamilton has decided to take a break from her life and take a road trip/working vacation. She sets off to Montana to scout out new locations for a resort, when her car breaks down outside of Laurel Falls, Montana. She is rescued by Trace Black, the local mechanic and begins a Friendship with both him and his family. Rafferty starts to learn about the town and is happy to hook up with Trace, even for a short amount of time. As Trace and Rafferty's physical relationship continues, each begins to develop feelings for the other, but is unable to to overcome obstacles that keep them apart. Will they find a happy ending or just be a happy memory? This was a Great book because it featured strong leading characters, interesting dialogue and a realistic setting. Trace's family stole the show for me, and I hope to read about their stories! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Review Format: Galley Copy Wow, where to begin? Zoe Dawson has created a town I would like to go settle down and watch all the happenings. Trace and Rafferty's romance had me drawn in and captivated until the last page. Though there seemed to be a stumbling block or two they managed to find a way to be together in the end. The story was perfectly paced and I enjoyed the many points of views, it flowed perfectly and was easy to follow. I'm dying to find out what happens to all the characters in future books. Leaving Yesterday is an excellent story about hope, love, community and family.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me! In a totally good way! It was much more than I was expecting! Leaving Yesterday has so much heart and I loved all the family dynamics. Leaving Yesterday has the romance, which was really sweet and fabulous, and had some really great heat and chemistry, but it also has really great characters and I liked how all the characters played off each other, and I loved Trace and his family. There is a few POV's in this book, but the 2 main characters do have the bulk of the POV, so they didn't bother me, and I get the feeling that this book was sort of a set-up for a lot of the other books that going to be in this series, and normally I don't love that type of thing, but Zoe Dawson did a really great job of letting the main characters shine, while also letting some other characters have a moment, and I am definitely ready for the next books! So many storylines I can't wait to see how they develop! This book starts off with Rafferty's car breaking down in a small, run-down town, so she calls Black's auto mechanic to pick up and fix her car. Trace Black comes to give Rafferty a tow and fix her car, and Rafferty and Trace have an instant connection, but struggle against their preconceived notions of each other, and that Rafferty is only going to be in town a short while. Both begin to realize there is more to the other than they originally thought, and they are finding it difficult to stay away from each other, so they start growing closer, but they are still putting up walls because they each have had some hardships in each of their lives. Rafferty has just gotten divorced after finding out her husband has been cheating on her, so she is still weary of starting any new relationships, and Rafferty also works for her father, and she is starting to struggle with the choices she has made in her life. Trace has a lot on his shoulders to deal with: his dad died, so he has taking on the roll of running Black's and also the roll of head of household with his 2 other brother; one of which is dealing with an extreme case of PTSD, and his 1 sister, who is only 18 and is just coming into her own. Rafferty is a strong, intelligent, and generous woman, and I loved how she radiates kindness to everyone; she adds something special to everyone's lives, and I think Trace and her are a good match, and I enjoyed reading about their happy times and how they deal with their struggles. I was rooting for them to pull through. A great read. I want the next book now! Great characters! Lots of love and heart!
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable story. The characters are really good, I liked Trace better than Rafferty. The story held my interest throughout. I liked Laurel Falls and the many characters we were introduced to and look forward to reading their stories as well. Enjoyable read!
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you run across a book you just know is going to be great from the beginning scene. When it opens with a smoking hot guy and the heartstrings are already tugging, you know it's going to be good. That's exactly what happened with this book. From the first scene through the entire story, I just felt the love and passion created between these two characters, Rafferty and Trace. The author did an amazing job developing their connection. Throughout the entire story the author introduces you to a whole cast of characters you know are going to be the basis of more books. And I, for one, have to say I can't wait. I enjoyed every character in the book and I know subsequent stories are going to be just as great as this one. While it is a typical ebook length, it is completely fulfilling although I do wish we got in a little longer glimpse of the happily ever after. But I think knowing that this is only book One in the series, we're going to be seeing a lot more of these two to come. Yeah, I'm totally all in for the heat and passion between Trace and Rafferty. It makes me happy thinking about a deep connection two people can feel when you know it's right. Definitely a book to check out. I know I'll be looking for sequels on this beautiful series. Zoe Dawson is a master of romance!
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
This was a better book than I expected. This is not just a story about Trace and Rafferty but a story about a town, the community and family. Throughout the story you are introduced to many residents. I loved Trace Black. He has such a strong family commitment. He was so devoted to his brothers (Reese, Harley) and his teenage sister (Cadie). He would do anything for them; even help Cadie find her “mango bra and panty set because it’s the only bra that holds…”. Can you just imagine how a grown man likes being asked this by his teenage sister? But he knows he will not get “any peace until the Great Mango Bra caper is solved”. He is the glue that keeps everything together. But because he is too busy taking care of everyone else; he doesn’t have time for himself. The book is told from many different POVs not just the H/h. However sometimes it could get confusing. Around the 4th chapter, it was like what the heck. I had to look to see if I was reading the same book. It seemed like it took a 180 turn. It totally started off with a different character but there was no transition/build up for this character. In the beginning I think Rafferty couldn’t see past this broken down town. I wouldn’t say it was necessarily because she thought it was beneath her because she was rich. But as time passed she saw the beauty in the people, town, environment and especially Trace. While Trace thinks Rafferty is the type of woman who will leave, just like his mother did when he was 10, he soon realizes there is more to her than this fancy rich woman. I like the way the author sets the stage for the next book. I look forward to reading more about the characters of Laurel Falls.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Trace immediately. His love for family, community, nature came through in the writing very well and touched my heart. He has his secrets and fears but was able to let go and move on. Rafferty made him face those fears because she was one of them. Their love grew throughout the story and I rooted for them along with everyone else in town. This was a pleasant read, and I enjoyed this small town of Laurel Falls. I will be coming back. I had a chance to read this story through Netgalley for an honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Quirky town meets hotel heiress looking to make a name for herself by acquiring property for her family’s hotel chain. Rafferty, recent divorcee, wants to make her family proud by making the perfect acquisition for their hotel chain when her car breaks down stranded her in Laurel Falls. Rafferty is immediately taken by the opportunity and possibility she sees in this town in need desperate need of a big pick me up. One of those possibilities being the hot mechanic fixing her car, Trace Black. But she quickly finds friends, a curious town pet and people that welcome her and want to make her feel at home. Trace knows Rafferty’s type, they never stick to a town like Laurel Falls. Trace is a decorate vet, who came home take care of his siblings, a spunky teen sister and a brother suffering with PTSD. But something about Rafferty just clicks and he can't resist. Dawson pulls you into this town with a writing style that made me feel like this could be my home town with neighbors and friends that you can’t wait to get back and check in on. The slow building romance, with social aspects coming into play, just gives the meat to a story with wonderful personalities as the dessert. I really enjoyed spending time getting to know these characters and look forward to further installments in the Laurel Fall series. A strong story with heart and soul, dont' miss Leaving Yesterday. I received this ARC copy of Leaving Yesterday from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept for a honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars LOVED Leaving Yesterday, great start to Laurel Falls series. The storyline was entertaining, the main characters Rafferty & Trace were fun, lovable and very relatable. The secondary characters also added to my enjoyment of this story. Leaving Yesterday captured my interest from the first page until the end, I didn't want to put it down. Highly recommend this book & I'm looking forward to the next book Maybe Tomorrow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a heartwarming story on so many levels. Personal, between Trace and Rafferty, family, for Trace and for Raff and community, as the town struggles. I was cheering for happy endings for all of them. I was only half way through the story when I preordered the next book in the series! A great read needs a follow up! I want to know about ALL of the characters. ARC provided for an honest review.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
3.5* This is my first book of Zoe Dawson's and I really enjoyed it. It did lag in the middle but I fell in love with all the quirky characters. Trace and Rafferty had instant chemistry/lust but did not act on it right away. With so many road blocks and family issues between them. Trace had major trust issues and Rafferty was torn between two worlds. It was nice to watch their romance unfold and see Rafferty fall in love with Trace's family and the town of Laurel Falls, Montana. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Laurel Falls series.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in a series . It's a contemporary. Hero is zack . Heroine is Rafferty Love the story even though this is about the 2 main characters you see glimpses of the other members that play a part . Rafferty is from New York . Money and I mean lots of it . Her father owns a millionaire company . Rafferty was just divorced so she's still hurting . Her Husband Sean fooled around on her . So she's going to do what she does best . Scout some places for her dad . They (the family ) buy the land and do a resort . She is known as her dads hit man . Why grab it and see ?? Rafferty car broke down just a little bit of Laurel Falls Montana . She calls the only Garage in town owned by Zack Black an ex Marine . Her cars gets taken back to the garage and that is where the connection between Zack and Rafferty start . The car parts will take 2 weeks to be brought from overseas . Zack tells Rafferty about how his mom left the family . Zacks mom came from a rich family also but she left them twice . The mom wanted back to the money . You meet the brother who has PSTP from service . You meet the sister who is a whip in the kitchen and you meet Zacks other brother who is a fireman . Rafferty doesn't tell Zack why is was driving buy . Will it play a part in their love life . Does she buy the land for her family . Like I said you get so much into the story
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
I have actually been so very moved by these characters...not one of them is a flat two dimension...they are all so very three dimensional. The build up between Rafferty and Trace is completely sigh worthy...the author does a superb job of drawing the reader into caring about these two characters; not to mention the remaining supporting characters. It is so heartwarming how all the characters intertwine to bring so much depth to the story. This is the first book by this author I have read, but now find that I must read her earlier works as well. I truly feel as if I have a new favorite author. This book was provided by the Author/Publisher through Netgalley for my honest review.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Leaving Yesterday by new to me author Zoe Dawson. The book is well written, and the story is interesting, charming, and full of sexual tension. Since this is the first novel from the Laurel Falls series, I can only surmise that that was the reason behind all the character introductions. At times the story got a little confusing, and I had to look back and reread a paragraph or two. Nevertheless, the small town of Laurel Falls Montana will capture your heart, along with the magnificent surrounding landscape. Wealthy executive Rafferty Hamilton finds herself in Laurel Falls when her new, custom built foreign car breaks down along the road. As Vice-President of Development, she is scoping out new areas for her family's chain of luxury resorts. She is also escaping her NYC life temporarily, seizing the opportunity to find herself since her recent divorce. Rafferty is sweet, independent and down-to-earth, and the moment garage owner Trace Black tows her in, she is smitten. Trace is not only good-looking, he is considerate, owns his own business and takes care of his family. He is also a former marine. With the exception of some light womanizing, he is the complete package, but has never felt the spark that appeared the instant Rafferty was in his sights. While Rafferty waits for the car parts to arrive from overseas, she gets involved with Trace, his family, and the goings-on in the town. She and Trace have a sizzling connection and overtime, they fall in love. I truly enjoyed reading this family-inspired romance. The warm and endearing dynamic between Trace, his brothers Reese and Harley, and their sister Cadie, is emotional, in addition to being funny at times. Cadie's inability to find her "mango bra and panty set" is quite amusing, and the brothers handle her teenage tirades with all the grace they can muster. Harley's PTSD affects them greatly, and I love how they band together to continually support him. Clem, is an original delight, with her beehives and cosmetics line. A few other secondary characters add a lot of depth to the story. Overall, this is well-conceived novel and I can't wait to read the second book from the series. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Nice Read. I was very happy when I got this book through NetGalley in exchange for a review, because I was in the mood for some romance reading, and I got started on it right away. Now I think Zoe Dawson is a very talented Author and I am pretty sure she has a bright future ahead of her, but this book just needed a little bit more tweaking. I loved the characters and the plot line was interesting, but at one point she introduced so many secondary complex characters, I almost lost interest in the 2 main people I was reading about. The pacing was just a bit off and I would have loved for the ending to be a bit longer and not so rushed, but that is just me. Overall its a nice read.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for an everyday read that would get me in nowhere USA and still allow for me to feel like I was home in a contemporary romance. I found that slice of nowhere USA with an infuriating wealthy woman and a very sexy hot vet. This is my first read by Zoe Dawson and I must say that I will come back for more. I wait patiently for the next book in this series just to see where it will go. I had a 4star Home Feeling. **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Rafferty Hamilton is struggling to pick up the pieces of her dismantled life after a devastating divorce, and has decided it's time for her to focus on herself for a change. First up on her list is a cross country business trip to scout new locations for her families resorts, and while she could easily fly, she has selfishly decided to make a little personal vacation out of it, and drive state by state, and do a little exploring. But her exploration is put to a unexpected halt, when her sporty little coupe overheats and leaves her stranded in Laurel Falls and in great need of a mechanic. After taking in her surroundings she is quite certain a old country bumpkin will be coming to her rescue, but she is pleasantly surprised when a tall, dark, and handsome cowboy steps out of the tow truck. Not only does he have her looking at cowboys in a whole new light, but he also has her reconsidering her recent decision to become celibate... Trace Black has his hands full...not only with being the man of the house and taking care of his siblings, but also taking care of all the folks in Laurel Falls, and making sure their vehicles remain in good working condition. With so much going on in his day to day life, he is left with very little time for a personal life, which breaks the hearts of all the single ladies in Laurel Falls that are begging the handsome cowboy for a date. Trace has no interest in one night stands, he is more so focused on finding the right woman to settle down with, and so far she hasn't come along. But after receiving a call from a stranded driver, and discovering that call came from a stunningly beautiful women that was waiting especially for him has him thinking his luck is about to change... that is if he can find a way to charm her with his small town cowboy ways and convince her to stay. This was my first experience with Ms. Dawson's work, and I have to say if left a pretty memorable first impression, those handsome cowboys really lured me in, and had me looking forward to a return visit. I thoroughly enjoyed Trace and Rafferty's story, it instantly grabbed my attention, and had me flying right through the pages, and staying up well past my bedtime just to see them find their well deserved happy ending. I've got to say it is definitely one of the most enjoyable first reads I have had in a while!! If you like small town romance, and charming smooth talking cowboys then this book is right up your alley!! Highly recommend you acquaint yourself with the Black men from Laurel Falls, they are sure charm their way into your heart, and satisfy every last one of your reading needs... and then some! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Leaving Yesterday is a story about Rafferty Hamilton, a recently divorces, hotel heiress and Trace Black, an ex-marine, back home in Laurel Falls, where he lives with his siblings and is their rock . They meet when Rafferty’s car breaks down and Trace, who owns the auto shop in town, comes to help her. But the story isn’t only about their chemistry, and attraction , it is about family, loyalty, values, dealing with an injured brother with PTSD after being in Afghanistan and friendships. As well as a town, that though in an economic decline, stands strong and wants to do better than just survive. So, do not hesitate to give this story a try. I am already looking forward to book 2 of Laurel Falls. I know I will not be disappointed. I got this book from Netgalley for an honest review, and this truly is one. If you like Robyn Carr, and Kristan Higgins, you will love this author.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I am used to reading Ms. Dawson's stories that are packed with humor. Leaving Yesterday was different. There were still traces of her trademark humor but over all this read was a journey full of emotion and self examination. Rafferty is a woman who uses travel as a way to escape the heartbreak and insecurity she keeps inside. Running from place to place allows her focus to be on work not disappointment. When circumstances force her to to stop and contemplate her life, career and feelings- she is at a lost. It takes a little small town charm, a sexy cowboy and a broken down ride to set her on a path to healing and finding true happiness. I received an ARC of Leaving Yesterday in exchange for an honest review. No, this is not the standard Zoe Dawson novel but it is just as good maybe better. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "For however long it lasts." Stars! An absolutely outstanding start to the Laurel Falls series by Zoe Dawson, this is my first work by this author, and I have to say I cannot wait for the next book Maybe Tomorrow which is due for release in October (sigh)! There is a huge amount going on in this book, what with story-line and characters going in lots of different directions. We are introduced to many of the residents of Laurel Falls a sleepy, tired town, as the book progresses. A town that is slowly dying due to a drop in tourist trade, which has caused businesses to close and people to seek employment and accommodations elsewhere. But the town certainly still has a huge amount of charm, and the residents were really great to get to know. "I don’t think I’ll be able to let you go for a while." Although the synopsis indicates that the book mainly deals with the relationship between Trace Black and Rafferty Hamilton, this is certainly not the only story playing out, as a reader you are also introduced to, and given the backgrounds of the rest of the Trace family, not to mention quite a few other prominent townsfolk. "You’re laying on the cowboy a bit thick." This is where my only gripe really comes in, in that the book comes at you from many POVs and at points on many occasions I had to go back and re-read paragraphs to work out and be sure of who’s head I was actually in at the time. This may be because the version I read was an ARC, and I hope the publisher gives suitable paragraph breaks and indicators so that paying readers don’t have the struggles that I did working out when we had moved from one characters mind to another. "I knew you were trouble the moment I laid eyes on you." I really look forward to seeing where Zoe takes this series in the next book, she has picked a character for the continuation that I find surprising and I am interested to see how the arrival of another out of towner has to the continuation of everybody’s story dynamic. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was an absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.