Lover's Leap (Eternity Springs Series #4)

Lover's Leap (Eternity Springs Series #4)

by Emily March

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ISBN-13: 9780345528773
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Eternity Springs Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 161,956
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emily March lives in Texas with her husband and their beloved boxer, Doc, who tolerates a revolving doggie door of rescue foster dogs sharing his kingdom until they find their forever homes. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports, and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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March Near Cairns, Australia

“Mom! Hurry up,” Lori Reese urged, sounding more like a six-­year-­old than a young woman in her sophomore year of college. “We don’t want to be late!”

At the sound of her daughter’s voice, Sarah Reese rolled over in bed, buried her face in the thick, downy pillow, and contemplated taking up bank robbery in order to afford a return trip to this resort. She and Lori were nearing the end of their two-­week all-­expenses-­paid Australian vacation, and the experience had given her a tantalizing taste of traveling in the lap of luxury.

“Ten more minutes.” This bed was heaven.

“It’s already six-­fifteen.”

Their ride to the marina was scheduled to arrive at seven o’clock, and getting ready would take fifteen minutes, tops. She didn’t need to hurry. “Five more minutes.”

Indulgent frustration laced Lori’s voice. “When exactly did we switch roles? I think it must have been the first day of the trip, when you spent half of that interminable plane ride flirting with the man across the aisle.”

Sarah grinned into her pillow, then lazily rolled her head and looked at her daughter. Her heart melted with a potent combination of love and pride. Lori was a sophomore majoring in biomedical science at Texas A&M University and making excellent progress toward her goal of earning admission to A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She’d worked hard to work ahead and cleared an extra ten days of spring break with her professors. At twenty, she was taller than her mother by seven inches—­a fact she loved to tease five-­foot-­nothing Sarah about at every opportunity. She had Sarah’s high cheekbones and dark hair, and her grandmother Ellen’s sweet smile. Her eyes were a beautiful blend of shades of green. Sarah’s late father had called them mountain eyes, because her eyes were a mountainside of aspen and fir and piñon and cottonwood.

Sarah didn’t see the mountains when she looked at Lori’s eyes. She saw Cam Murphy. Her daughter had her father’s eyes. She had Cam’s height and Cam’s eyes—­two distinctive characteristics that provided Sarah an unwelcome reminder of the man she’d just as soon forget.

“I wasn’t flirting with the guy across the aisle. I was just being friendly. He was the one doing all the flirting.”

“Yeah, right.” Lori’s eyes gleamed with amusement as they made an exaggerated roll. “Okay, here’s the deal. I’m going to wander over to the lobby and get two cups of coffee. If you’re not out of bed by the time I come back, I’ll drink both of them.”

Sarah scowled and grumbled, “Obviously I didn’t spank you enough when you were little.”

Lori laughed, and a moment later, Sarah heard the door to their suite softly close. She gave a wistful sigh, rolled onto her back, and sat up. Her reluctance to rise had more to do with the fact that today was the last day of their dream-­of-­a-­lifetime vacation than with fatigue.

They’d had an absolutely, positively wonderful trip, seeing enough of the country to make them feel like they’d gotten a taste of Australia but not so much that they felt rushed. The past three nights they’d spent here at a magnificent resort on the Coral Sea, and today they’d ice their vacation cake with a catamaran trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Sarah stretched as she gazed out through glass-­pane French doors, past the veranda, with its private spa tub, and across the golden-sand beach toward the turquoise sea. She crossed to the doors and pushed them open, then took time to count her blessings. This trip had been the grand prize in a contest sponsored by Angel’s Rest, the healing center and spa owned by her friend Celeste Blessing in the little Rocky Mountain town where they lived. Back home in Eternity Springs, snow covered the ground, and the day they’d left, the thermometer flirted with zero degrees. As the seaside breeze softly stirred, Sarah murmured, “I still can’t believe I’m here.”

She’d dreamed of visiting Australia since childhood. Back in high school, she and Cam had stretched out on a quilt up at their favorite make-­out spot, Lover’s Leap, and planned how they’d backpack across Europe, explore the pyramids of Egypt, and dive the Great Barrier Reef. When life took a pair of unexpected turns their junior year, youthful dreams had faded in the face of stark, cold reality.

She wished one of those realities would hurry back with the coffee.

Sarah turned away from the breathtaking view and headed into the bathroom. When she emerged showered and dressed ten minutes later, she spied Lori seated outside on the veranda. Two cups of coffee and two huge cinnamon rolls waited on the small table between the chairs.

“You are both wonderful and wicked, my child,” Sarah told her daughter as she took her seat. “I’ll gain two pounds just looking at that roll.”

“Nah, we have a strenuous day ahead of us. We need the calories. Besides, you need to check out the competition. You might want to tweak your recipe for the cinnamon rolls you make for the Mocha Moose.”

Sarah sipped her coffee and raised her brows in disdain. “My cinnamon roll recipe doesn’t need to be tweaked, thank you very much.”

Lori tilted her head, considering, then said, “Okay, you’re right. It’s impossible to improve on perfection.”

Sarah operated Eternity Springs’s only grocery store, the Trading Post, established by her great-­grandfather and run by family members ever since, but she supplemented her income by baking breads and desserts for a number of the businesses in town. She knew her way around a cake of yeast. She dipped her head in regal acceptance of her daughter’s compliment, then tore off a piece of roll and popped it into her mouth. Sweet flavor exploded on her tongue. “Yum, this is good. Could use a tiny bit more vanilla, though, I think.”

The two women shared a grin, then polished off their breakfast. Moments later, tote bags stuffed with necessities of a day on the water in hand, they exited their suite. Seeing that the tour company van had yet to arrive, Sarah lamented, “I could have had my ten minutes, after all.”

“Oh, stop it. I’m too excited to listen to you whine. Aren’t you excited?”

“Yes, I’m excited.” Sarah threaded her arm through Lori’s and squeezed. She was excited. The tour’s itinerary sounded divine. First, the catamaran would sail to a cay famous for its protected sandy lagoon, gorgeous beach, and migratory bird population. Then while Sarah snorkeled—­she’d never learned to dive—­Lori, who’d earned her certification while away at college, would join other tour members in a drift dive along the reef. Following a gourmet lunch and some beach time, they’d sail to the Outer Barrier Reef for more snorkeling for Sarah and a wall dive for Lori.

Diving the Great Barrier Reef. Wow. As a passenger van sporting the Adventures in Paradise Tours logo pulled into the resort’s circular drive, Sarah couldn’t help but think of Cam. She seldom allowed her mind to go there, but today, as their daughter was about to fulfill one of those Lover’s Leap dreams, she couldn’t hold back the memories.

Cameron Daniel Murphy. In so many ways, he’d been born a troubled soul. His mother had been a Cava­naugh, the darling daughter of the town’s leading family until she’d rebelled against her parents by marrying the town scoundrel, Brian Murphy. They’d disowned her, disinherited her, moved away from Eternity Springs, and died in a plane crash shortly before Cassie gave birth to Cam.

Cassie and Brian Murphy had struggled to make ends meet, and when Cassie showed up a time or two with bruises on her face, it set tongues wagging, but no one stepped in to help. Cassie died when Cam was eight years old, and Brian Murphy surrendered to alcoholism like his father had before him. It surprised no one. After all, he was a Murphy.

Cam had never stood a chance in Eternity Springs. For as long as Sarah could remember, Eternity Springs had waited with bated breath for the Murphy curse to show itself in Cam. They didn’t have to wait very long. Cam first ran afoul of the law when he spray-­painted threats on the courthouse wall when he was nine, and for the next few years, he was in trouble more often than he was out of it.

But my, oh, my, he’d done it for her—­long before she even knew what “it” was. As a young man he’d been as wild and beautiful as the cougars that prowled the surrounding forests. In the end, he’d proved to be much more dangerous.

Their relationship had begun innocently enough when Cam had come to her rescue up on Murphy Mountain. On a Saturday in the spring of their freshman year, while on a camping trip with kids from church, a mix-­up in car assignments and an afternoon nap in the sunshine had left Sarah stranded. While she hiked down the mountain, Cam drove past on his motorcycle. When he stopped and offered to help, she hesitated. He was too young to have his driver’s license, and she knew her parents would kill her if she rode with him—­especially on a motor­cycle. But her feet hurt and the forbidden thrill beckoned. They’d taken the long way home.

Cam Murphy had charmed her that afternoon, and the relationship that developed between the two teenagers over the next year had remained a secret pleasure. To this day, most people in Eternity Springs believed the lie about Lori’s paternity that she’d told to protect her precious child’s shoulders from bearing the weight of “Murphy bad blood.”

Yet Sarah had loved Cam Murphy with every fiber of her foolish, teenaged soul. She’d had to grow up in order to put her love for him behind her. His rejection and the reality of a dependent child had made it easier to accomplish.

The van braked to a stop in front of them, shaking Sarah from her reverie. The driver’s door opened, and a young man with sun-­streaked hair, suntanned skin, and a bruised and swollen black eye exited the shuttle with a spring in his step. “G’day, ladies,” he said in that wonderful Aussie drawl. “Reese, party of two, for Adventures in Paradise Tours?”

“That’s us,” Lori confirmed. Her eyes widened and she winced when she got a good look at his injury. “Wow. I bet that hurts.”

The boy flashed a grin. “Not much. I’ve had worse. M’name’s Devin, and I’m your transportation to the marina and the Bliss. Hop on in, and I’ll introduce you to our other guests.”

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Lover's Leap 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Emily March. I loved this story and I am so excited to read about Jack in August!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am addicted to this series... Emily March does an excellent job of captivating her readers & making them feel like they are part of the Eternity Springs "family". Lover's Leap is a true reminder to each of us to follow our hearts, even if it takes 20 years to do so. And to continue fighting for what we feel is right. In the end, love will prevail! The characters come to life & put a warm feeling in your heart. This is a must read series! Can't wait for more from Emily March!
Helenj1983 More than 1 year ago
When Sara Reece told her boyfriend she was pregnant with his child it was like a slap in the face as he looked her in the eye and said it was a mistake. The worst part was him escorting her out of town in cuffs. As strong as Sarah was she never forgot her love for him and used that to raise their child Lori. Winning a trip that mother and daughter could take together was more than they had ever dreamed. This was to be the best vacation they had ever had, That was of course until they saw Cameron . And to make matters worse he was with his son. So they did the only thing they could do retreat back home to Eternity Springs. One major regret Cameron has in his life was leaving behind the woman he loved and their unborn child. Seeing them standing on his boat brought it all back as if it were yesterday. Only to have them run away. He has never been so hurt or confuse. Now that his past has come back there¿s only one thing left to do get to know beautiful daughter and see the one woman who he has loved forever. Returning to the place he left so long ago wasn¿t something he ever planned to do , but now how could he not. It¿s time to face the past and try to make a mends with the women he still loves and the daughter he never got to know. He¿s tired of feeling only half a man it¿s time to make his life whole and the only way to do that is lay it all on the line. I loved this book. The emotions were so real it was as if you were watching this play out in real time couldn¿t help but tear up through the book the emotions are so raw and the unexpectedness of both mother and daughter seeing Cameron just makes you feel for the characters in the story. Lover¿s Leap was not only an emotional ride, but to insightful. Sarah and Cam both have to come to terms with the fact that they are no longer the same people they were 20 years before to help their baby girl heal but Cam needs to prove that he¿s truly changed for the woman he¿s always loved. This story is so emotionally charged it leaves you hugging a box of tissues I truly loved it and can¿t wait to see what Emily March comes up with next. This one makes you believe second chances really can happen
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Ok, it’s official. I’ve fallen in love with Eternity Springs. It may take a while, but the way that everything turns out in the end has me completely hooked. The people, the scenery, they all draw me in. And March has definitely created an emotionally turbulent novel with this one. Tears were abundant throughout this novel, both for me and for the characters. I loved the heartfelt yet completely original plot. It kept me on my toes while also lulling me into its embrace. With the Eternity Springs series, March has created an inspirational and emotionally fulfilling series I think I actually enjoy the lack of intimate scenes. Don't get me wrong, I love and live by, stories that are extremely racy. That said, in this series the fact that it's about the people and the town, not just the couples in the bedroom, is really working for me. I think this might have been my favourite of the series so far. It was such an emotionally turbulent ride, yet completely rewarding. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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I noticed that the men are often times referred to by their last names. It's done too much. Otherwise I must be ok because I ccontinue to buy them.
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Suz26 More than 1 year ago
Great series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite so far!! The story line is exceptional. Another home run for Emily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah and Cam are back together and all the reasons and secrets are out why everything fell apart over 20 yrs ago. But what a love story mixed with laughter and tears, you will love it!
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ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
The best of the Eternity Springs series by Emily March. Touching. Heartwarming. A few laughs and a few tears.
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emilyk52281 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! I couldn't put it down & had to order the other books in the Eternity Springs series as soon as I finished! Highly recommend this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series keeps getting better with each book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Likable characters, good story. I've read all four books in this series - anxiously awaiting the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much...
raeswords More than 1 year ago
Great read and beautiful setting. Ahhh to love again.Makes you believe in love all over again.
reader_824 More than 1 year ago
The story behind Sarah Reese and her daughter's father makes a most enjoyable read in this Eternity Springs novel.
Reagan_Mc More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms.March does not disappoint her readers. This is just another amazing continuation in a wonderful series! I definitely recommend buying this book as well as the rest of the series!
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story!!!
greeneyesma More than 1 year ago
Eternity Springs, CO, wish it was a real. This book, and the series are well written and remind you to believe in miracles. Can't wait for the next book!
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