Love on a Spring Morning

Love on a Spring Morning

by Zoe York

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Love on a Spring Morning by Zoe York

Duplicity. Desire. Denial. They were doomed from the start.

Ryan Howard has zero interest in the movie being filmed in Pine Harbour or the high maintenance stars staying in the cottages at the end of his lane. He's just barely holding on to the raw remains of his life and the fantasy world being concocted around him is, as far as he's concerned, a complete waste of time and energy. The one bright light in his life is an intern on the set, Holly Cresinski, and their quiet conversations at the end of the day on his back porch.

Holly hates her life, too, which is entirely unfair because she's blessed beyond measure. She's at the top of her career--as film actress, Hope Creswell--and surrounded by people that mean well. But Ryan makes her laugh, and cry, and before she can find the words to explain her deception, he kisses her.

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ISBN-13: 9781926527208
Publisher: ZoYo Press
Publication date: 05/28/2015
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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Love on a Spring Morning (Pine Harbour, #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book - I was excited to read it after enjoying the first two books in Pine Harbor. Enjoy doesn't begin to explain the emotions I feel upon finishing this book. Any reader who read Love in a Small Town or Love in a Snow Storm knows that Ryan lost his wife and is raising his kids alone; so you expect some level of grief as part of the story. I was blown away with the way in which the author depicts Ryan mourning the loss of his wife. I've read several stories recently depicting widowers but this was an unbelievably raw look at moving forward after the loss of a spouse. Ryan's commitment to his children is admirable and he has upended his life to help them transition to life without their mother. Ryan can experience the entire spectrum of grief feelings in a single moment, yet his feelings of guilt run deep. His guilt transcends his wife's death, as his guilt goes back to guilt in how he dealt with her when she was alive, and feelings of inadequacy even prior to her death. Ryan may be grieving and gruff with just about anyone he interacts with, but I don't believe he's wallowing and he works every day to try and move forward and raise his kids. In typical "alpha male" form, he doesn't WANT to discuss his feelings but realizes how important it is to help he and his children move forward.  Holly is a complex character and is not depicted as a typical Hollywood personality, although that's what those who know her on the surface believe, including Ryan. It's only natural that when she's given an opportunity to shed the Holllywood persona that she does, and it sets the stage for a great conflict between her and Ryan. I felt her fears about revealing her true - or surface - self to Ryan were real and Ryan's reactions when he finds out were real, and raw. The author really nailed the depiction of Ryan's anger and frustration and anxiety around Holly's real (or is it her fake) persona and when things get worse, I also felt the author's portrayal of Ryan's reaction was incredibly realistic. Ryan is quick to anger but almost a quick to forgive and apologize, which I felt was a realistic depiction of a man coming out of the fog of grief. I found myself crying right along with Holly and Ryan through much of this book - both happy tears and sad tears. That is the sign of a truely emotional book if the author can get the reader to feel emotions aloong with the characters and Ms. York does that in spades. The sex scenes in this book are really quite descriptive, perhaps moreso than previous books in the Pine Harbor series, but I felt that they were critical to the development of the storyline and Ryan's emerging from grief and beginning to live again. As a whole, this book does an amazing job of depicting a man struggling to raise his children amidst the grief and guilt of losing his wife, and a woman who is trying to figure out who she is and where she really fits in her own life and together they each help the other come out of the other end of their journey. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like these books. I'm on #3 for Pine Harbour and have already read a few other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really great read!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dealing with grief only made the ending more poignant. A great read from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are appealing in their realness. Give it a try. You'll only regret that you have to put it down to eat, or do laundry or go to work...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Big fan of Zoe York. Alwys interesting love stories. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would have been a 5 star without the f-bomb & so much sex. Also, not crazy about Ryan, most of the time he was just a jerk, loved Holly, down to earth, good person. About 240 pages. GJRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Graphic sex scenes....should have warnings to resders in description
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have always enjoyed reading Zoe s books . This was another great one .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book I didn't really liked him all the time he got better at the end of the book and I think she was a little of a push over. But overall I enjoyed it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The novel has your emotions on a constant rollercoaster, but every minute of reading this novel is wonderful. It has you crying, laughing, and has your cheeks turning red with ryan and hollys intimate moments. Give this novel a chance! You will not regret it, and while you are at it read the other books in the series too! You will want to be caught up by the time the fourth novel in the pine harbour series comes out!
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
This is book #3 in the Pine Harbour Series.  I gave this book 5 stars.  This is the one I was waiting for! I couldn't wait to get my hands on Ryan's story. His life is not what he wants, he wouldn't have chosen to be a widower, but yet here he is.  Ryan to me is one of the strongest men, he continues to live his life after the love of his life dies. How much more tragic can it get? He tries to put a front that he is okay, but you know deep inside this is killing him. Holly is not at all what he is looking for, but feelings change quickly and one decision to kiss her makes it even harder for them to deal.  Come on another journey that Author Zoe York paints for you of Pine Harbour! These books are amazing and I love them. I couldn't wait to read this one and I was not disappointed. She spins a story like no other! Thank you Zoe for another story that I will soon not forget!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed well and I read it in one sitting. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak.  If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Love in a Small Town (Pine Harbour, #1) Love in a Snow Storm (Pine Harbour, #2) This is Holly and Ryan’s story. Ryan is a little broken since losing his wife.  He hates when people lie to him.  Holly is an actress but Ryan believes she is an intern.  She lets him believe as she wants him to get to know her not the actress side.  Before she can let him in on the secret of her being an actress he finds out.  Can he forgive her keeping secrets or is this the end of them even being friends? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly recommend this book, this series, and this author.
JeriTRyan More than 1 year ago
Love on a Spring Morning by Zoe York … wow… such an innocent name for such a great book. This book is the 3rd in the Pine Harbour series and it was my first. It can definitely be read as a standalone novel but after reading it I would recommend to read them in the right order for the full feeling. And I am going to catch up on this series too, so I will be prepared for the next part. The author takes you into the conflicted world of a Ryan who lost his wife and is now left struggling to take care of his 3 little children. He can hardly survive on a daily base and does not need any additional “drama”. For an outsider on the other side Holly looks like she has everything – when she herself feels like she only lives to support her mother , her heart on the other side is empty . I loved how Ms. York described Ryan’s world. It was refreshing that for once it was a man struggling to survive when normally authors tend to put woman in this position. All those conflicting feelings were presented in such a believable way that I could honestly feel for Ryan. Holly on the other side was left a little less deep in her description. I could not really grasp her fully. I am not sure why, but I think its not that she was described less, its more that Ryan was described so deeply that Holly has to look shallower in comparison to him. And you know what … its OK ! Ryan’s world needs so much of the readers focus that it was only in the end when I noticed that I did not really know as much about Holly as I should know. My only minor complaint is that after all the struggle and emotional rollercoaster I would have expected the end to be less abrupt. It felt to cool for all the emotions before. In total this was a real emotional read and I can fully recommend it > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read! I was a bit unsure how this one was going to turn out knowing it was Ryan’s story and the heavy emotional baggage he was carrying along with the timing of things, but from their first meeting right through to the end, both Ryan and Holly had a realness to them that just made their love story work. Holly is struggling to find some “realness” in her life, and in Ryan she gets just that…someone who doesn’t know she is a famous movie star, someone she can just be herself with, that sees her and not the movie star. Ryan is struggling with finding a new normal in his life and finding a way to begin moving past his grief and guilt from his wife’s death. In Holly he finds what he first considers an escape, but in reality is someone who allows him to find some peace in himself and begin reconciling his guilt and finding a way to move forward. Even though I was angry at Ryan more than a few times for some of his actions and words, it was hard not to feel for him and understand what he was going through. Watching him cope with his grief and guilt as he tried to pick up the pieces of his life and create a new normal for himself and his three children was so emotional, and Zoe York did a wonderful job keeping things feeling real as he dealt with his feelings and emotions. I loved the inclusion of Faith, the coordinator of the grief support group, in this story. Her character added another dose of realness to the story – and I can’t wait to read more about her! It was great getting to catch up a bit with some of the other characters we’ve already met in the first two books. There’s nothing like a small town filled with friends to offer not only support, but a dose of tough love when it’s needed. As I’ve said before, I just love this small town of Pine Harbour and can’t wait to discover more about its residents in the next book. This is one book and series I highly recommend to everyone! I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Excellent story as always. Ryan lost his wife and now has 3 kids to take care of. When a production out of Hollywood comes to Pine Harbour to film and they need a place to stay, his in-laws offer their house. Who moves in? One of the stars, whose real name is Holly. When Holly meets Ryan, instead of telling him who she really is, she gives him her real name. Through pain and forgiveness they each realize that they can cope and can compromise and still be a family. Wonderful writing, story and emotional. Zoe York keeps hitting it out of the ballpark.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I picked it up. I've read and very much enjoyed other books by Zoe York, so I knew it would be good. I also knew it would be an emotional one from the first couple chapters. Ryan lost his wife not long ago, leaving him to father their three children by himself. It's rough for him, because he feels guilt over her passing, along with having to help his children cope with the loss, too. When Holly comes into his life, the two of them have a connection. Not one of the instalove connections--just a friendly connection. They spend their time talking, and even though they're feeling the attraction, they're struggling with how to proceed. She's only there temporarily, he can't give her everything since he has to take care of his family first. Then they kiss... and everything changes. Love on a Spring Morning is so sweet, and it touches your heart from the beginning. It was definitely emotional, but there was some humor sprinkled throughout that made me chuckle. Especially the scene where Ryan was talking with his daughter, Maya, about fairies. The rest of the Pine Harbour series is definitely up there on books I must read soon. My Rating: Very Good
christalvp More than 1 year ago
Love on a Spring Morning is a really good, touching romance. It is the story of a couple of have reasons to close themselves off from everyone, yet find themselves caring deeply for one another. They have to slowly learn to trust one another and to take time to see if they are ready for a relationship together. The two main characters are very likable, and the storyline is a good one. Holly is a movie star without many people who truly know her. It isn't easy for her to trust, and when she meets Ryan, she finds someone who has an even more difficult trust issue. Ryan lost his wife a few months prior, and is still reeling, while trying to carry on the best he can for his three young children. When Ryan and Holly meet, they each find someone they can talk with easily, and soon, feelings are developing that neither feel ready for. As they slowly forge their way through a friendship which may be developing into something more, Ryan learns something that destroys his trust in Holly. Holly is devastated and doesn't know if Ryan will ever forgive her. This was a really good story, and I found it quick and easy to read. It was a tender and sweet romance, but had good chemistry between the main characters too. I thought it was a great addition to the series.
tfail24 More than 1 year ago
Zoe York never disappoints us with her romances. This is a romance about healing and learning to trust again.I loved Ryan and Holly and how they had this instant connection but didn't act on it for several reasons.Once they finally give in their chemistry is hot BUT will that be enough to get them to the end. Will true love be enough to help Ryan overcome his emotions about the past?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Ryan and Holly/Hope's story is fabulous! Now,we need Zander's book! Thank you Zoe for your wonderful stories!