IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART.
Six years ago, Chase Timberlake bought an engagement ring for his high school sweetheart Lori Reese. Then...life happened. Chase’s adventure photography career took off, Lori’s dream of getting into veterinary school came true, and their happily ever after never came to pass.
When Chase’s jet-setting life takes a tragic turn, he returns to Eternity Springs a damaged man. Who better to help mend his spirit than the woman who has dedicated her life to healing broken wings? Long summer days spent together rekindles the love that never died and Chase dares to dream of a future he’d thought lost.But Lori can’t help but wonder whether this high-flying man really wants a small-town girl with roots sunk deep into the Colorado Rockies. Can she and Chase turn back the hands of time and pick up where they left offand give forever a chance?
About the Author
Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a "master of delightful banter," and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America.
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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By Emily March
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SIX YEARS EARLIER COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
Lori Reese awoke to the sensation of teeth nibbling that sweet spot on her neck that invariably made her shiver. "Mmm ..." She groaned as she opened her eyes. Her gaze sought her bedside clock and dismay washed through her. "I have class in fifteen minutes."
"Skip it." Chase Timberlake's husky voice rumbled against her ear.
Lori instinctively arched against the big hand that traced a slow caress across the naked curve of her hip. They'd fallen into her bed within twenty minutes of his arrival for a long weekend visit, his second in as many weeks, and she was in no hurry to leave it. Unfortunately, staying in bed wasn't an option. "It's my anatomy and physiology class. I can't skip it."
"Sure you can. I'll teach you everything you need to know about anatomy." He nipped at her earlobe and added, "I'm an expert."
"Chase," she protested, even as she suppressed a smile. "That's a terrible line."
Swiping the rough pad of his thumb across the sensitive flesh of her nipple, he asked, "Are you calling me a liar?"
"No." She groaned.
He rolled her beneath him and his brown eyes gleamed wickedly as he challenged, "Be daring, be bold." He stroked her lower lip with the tip of his tongue. "Be bad."
"You are bad enough for both of us."
"It's a talent of mine," he quipped. "I practice."
Yet, "bad" wasn't the proper term for Chase, Lori knew. He was actually very good at what he did, though what he did wasn't ordinary. Despite having earned his business degree from the University of Colorado, Chase continued to work at what had been his summer job — guiding white-water rafting trips from April through October on the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers. Rafting had become his obsession. He had a bucket list of rivers he wanted to raft in his lifetime, and Lori had no doubt that he'd ride each one. Off-season, he led backcountry skiing tours for an outfitter out of Durango. He claimed that he was still trying to decide what to do when he grew up.
In contrast, Lori had known what she wanted to be since a school field trip to the veterinary clinic in Creede, Colorado, in the third grade. Due to the brutally competitive nature of vet school admissions, she didn't dare spend the entire afternoon rolling between the sheets with Chase. She braced her hands against his chest. "I'm not the 'bad' type. I'm responsible and boring."
"Not true. Responsible, yes. Boring? Never. You, Lori my love, are as exciting as Class VI rapids. As exhilarating as backcountry skiing." He dipped his head and licked the valley between her breasts. "As thrilling as skydiving."
His lips trailed lower and weakened Lori's resistance. She tried once more. "The professor gives pop quizzes."
"I can do that. For twenty points, name this part." He slid inside her, stretching her, filling her.
"Half credit. Mr. Happy is too ... perky."
"No fair. It fits." She rolled her hips and sighed. "He's perennially perky."
"Okay, three-quarter credit, then. Full credit goes to Hammer of Thor. Now, quit arguing and let's get to the pop part of this quiz."
Lori was late to class. Very late. And sure enough, she walked in on a quiz. Her stomach sank and she swallowed a groan as she took her seat, hoping that today's lecture had been about something she'd already studied.
She scored a seventeen and left the classroom fighting back tears. She wanted to blame Chase, but she knew that wouldn't be fair. He hadn't tied her to the bed.
Though he'd offered to try it if she thought that was something she'd like.
The hot, muggy south-central Texas weather didn't improve her mood as she trudged across the campus toward the student center where she had arranged to meet Chase. She was so angry at herself. Chase Timberlake could tempt an angel to sin when his eyes took on that adventurous gleam and he flashed that wicked grin. And she was certainly no angel.
But she was a serious student. Hadn't she learned the importance of education firsthand while watching her single mother struggle? Wasn't she determined not to repeat her mom's mistake of letting hormones and a hot guy change the course she'd plotted for her life? So why the heck had she thrown all her good intentions out the window this afternoon at the first touch of his oh-so-talented lips?
"Stupid. Stupid. Stupid." Muttering softly, she rehearsed what she needed to say to him. "You've graduated. I still have years of college and professional school ahead of me. I can't skip classes. I can't neglect my study time. I have goals. I must always be on top of my game. Otherwise, I won't get into vet school and if I don't get into vet school ..." Sudden tears flooded her eyes at the thought. She hurriedly wiped them away when she heard her roommate call her name.
"OMG, Lori," Molly Stapleton said. "I finally met your hunk. He's so hot!"
Lori's lips fluttered with a smile. "You've been to the apartment?"
"I forgot my history textbook. Chase was coming out of the shower wearing nothing but your fluffy pink towel. I told him pink was a good color for him. Makes a lovely contrast to his brown eyes. Though I admit I had a hard time tearing my stare away from his shoulders. Holy cow, Lori. He's built like a god."
"Rafting is a physical occupation. All that paddling."
"Well, all I can say is ..." Molly gave her auburn hair a toss and winked. "Row, row, row your boat."
Lori couldn't help but laugh. "Better not let your Andrew hear you talk like that."
Molly waved off the concern. "A little jealousy won't hurt him. I'm shallow that way. Besides, I haven't been feeling it for Andrew lately."
"I knew it," Lori declared. "You're interested in that guy who chatted you up at the post office the other day, aren't you? Your old boyfriend. What's his name? Jimmy?"
"Charlie. Charlie Malone."
Recognizing the note of interest in her friend's voice, Lori deduced that she'd seen the last of ol' Andrew.
The roommates parted ways as Molly headed for a bus stop and Lori continued on to the student center. Entering the building, she made her way to the flag room where she and Chase had arranged to meet. She glanced around, didn't see him, and decided to check the coffee shop. No Chase.
The return route to the flag room took her past the art gallery where, to her surprise, she spied him speaking animatedly with a man and woman. She glanced at the exhibit poster propped on a display easel beside the door and read: "Adventures in Photography by George Overstreet, Class of 1979. Artist reception five P.M."
The university regularly hosted special exhibits on football weekends, so she wasn't surprised to see a special event in the gallery. Nor was she surprised that the word "adventure" had pulled Chase in. It was the one thing Lori feared she couldn't compete with where her lover was concerned.
Chase's back was to her when she stepped into the room, so he didn't notice her arrival. Lori studied the couple who were the focus of her boyfriend's attention. The man was in his fifties, she guessed, with snowy, disheveled hair and a beard that needed trimming. He wore a sport coat with elbow patches, a checked bow tie, and dress boots that shone. A character, Lori decided.
The woman was the type whom Lori always found intimidating. Petite with sable-colored hair piled artfully atop her head, she was beautiful and quite a bit younger than her companion — near to her mom's age, Lori guessed — but with that rich, classy look that reminded her of Chase's mother, Ali. She wore a little black dress, pearls, and an air of sophistication that Lori couldn't pull off on a bet with a thousand-dollar budget. Moving closer, she heard Chase say, "... somewhere I've always wanted to visit. After seeing your photographs, I definitely want to go there."
"My husband's photography is spectacular," the woman said, looping her arm through her companion's. "You must see the rainbow he captured above Kalambo Falls on the border of Tanzania and Zambia. It's on this wall."
Lori hung back and eavesdropped as Chase admired the photo in question and quizzed the photographer about cameras and lenses and lighting and filters. Photography was a new hobby of his, and this exhibit had certainly captured his interest. She'd seldom heard this much animation in his tone.
Curiously, a wave of unease washed over her at the realization.
The trio moved from photo to photo, and Chase's attention remained focused on the art. Lori tugged her phone from the pocket of her jeans and checked the time. Almost half an hour now past the time they'd arranged to meet. He was totally and completely distracted, and Lori found herself growing annoyed. Her boyfriend needed to have more respect for her time.
Abruptly, she turned and left the gallery without making her presence known and took a seat near the entrance to the flag room. She'd give him five more minutes — ten at the most — then she was outta here.
He showed up in eight, a sheepish grin on his face, his dark eyes gleaming with excitement. "Sorry, sweetheart. I got talking to the guy in the art gallery. Have you seen his photographs? They're fascinating. He has the coolest job ever. He travels around the world taking action photographs of people participating in extreme sports. He just returned from Bali and guess what? He has a home and studio in Vail. He's invited me to go see it."
Chase babbled on enthusiastically for a few moments until he finally noticed that Lori wasn't saying much at all. His voice trailed off, and he gazed at her a long minute. "What's wrong, Glitterbug?"
"I don't know. What could possibly be wrong?" she snapped. "I love to stand around twiddling my thumbs waiting for my boyfriend to remember I exist after I skipped class to have sex with him. And it was only one little quiz. So what if I made a seventeen? It's better than a seven."
His eyes widened, realization dawned, and then he grimaced and gave her a hug. "Yikes. I'm sorry, Lori. My fault. Coming in a day early was a bad idea. I was just so anxious to see you. I miss you so much when we're apart. October first can't get here fast enough."
Lori shut her eyes, torn in two completely opposite directions as so often happened where Chase was concerned. When she'd first gone off to college, they'd agreed to date other people. They both anticipated a friendly end to their romance. Instead, dating others only proved the adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and last summer, they declared themselves exclusive once again — though they'd yet to share the news with their respective families.
She'd been thrilled when he announced his intention to find a job in College Station at the end of the rafting season. Maintaining a long-distance relationship was difficult. She missed him terribly, too, when they were apart.
But at the same time, having him around complicated her life in ways she hadn't anticipated. Having him around produced seventeens on A&P quizzes. Her temper faded, replaced with despair. As wetness flooded her eyes, she abruptly shoved to her feet. "I need to walk."
He followed her, his hands shoved into the pockets of his jeans. Lori charted a course across the older section of campus toward her very favorite spot, a bench beneath the spreading branches of a huge live oak known as the Century Tree. Seated, she gripped the bench with both hands and stared at the green, sun-dappled grass in front of her.
"It's not your fault, Chase. I'm a big girl. I'm responsible for the decisions I make, the actions I take — good and bad." She drew in a deep breath, then exhaled in a rush. "I have no willpower when you are around. I can't say no to you. I don't want to say no, but I need to say no. You know?"
"I know." He picked up her hand and kissed her knuckles.
She drew a deep breath, then exhaled in a rush. "I don't think you should move to College Station."
* * *
Chase dropped her hand and shoved his hands in his pockets. His fingers brushed the ring he'd been carrying for almost a week. "You're dumping me?"
"No, I'm not dumping you. I love you."
"You love me, so you don't want me around." He gave a stone at his feet a vicious kick. "Right. Makes perfect sense."
A pleading note entered her voice. "You distract me, Chase, and I can't afford to be distracted. Not this semester. Or next semester. Maybe by next year I'll be better able to handle my studies and have a life, too, but right now ... I made a seventeen today, Chase. A seventeen!"
He could hear the fear in her voice, and even as he wanted to dismiss it, part of him wished that he'd found something to be as passionate about as she had. Another part of him resented the fact that she wasn't as passionate about him as she was about her professional goals.
Chase was in love with Lori. Flat-out, head over heels, crazy in love. She was everything he wanted, all that he needed. She was smart. Generous. Witty.
She made him laugh. Made him horny. She was a loyal friend with a fierce, courageous heart. His family all loved her almost as much as he did.
Yet, he wasn't blind to her faults. Lori was a whole helluva lot of work. She had trust issues. She had daddy issues. She had a head as hard as granite. Chase reminded himself that he truly believed she'd be worth the work in the end, but in the meantime, he needed to be patient. He needed to respect her anxieties, and in truth, he could see her point. He was a distraction. It didn't help that they were now in two different stages of life.
He'd love nothing more than to travel the world with her, but he tried not to worry that she didn't have the same sense of wanderlust as he. She was strong and steady, the kind of woman a man always wanted to come home to — wherever home happened to be.
He wanted to be with her more often than they managed now. He loved her. He missed her. Long-distance relationships sucked. Always ready to make plans on the fly, he rolled out an alternate idea he'd previously considered and discarded. "I wanted to talk to you about that, Lori. I planned to do it after dinner. I'm afraid I haven't had any luck finding anything that suits my training or degree. Lots of jobs in this town. So far, though, nothing for me."
She blinked rapidly. "You're not moving to Texas?"
He read both disappointment and relief in her evergreen eyes, and he told himself that his feelings weren't hurt, his pride wasn't pricked. "Not College Station. I was thinking of looking for something in Dallas or Houston. We could spend Saturdays together."
"I'd love that," Lori said with a heartfelt sigh, her whole body easing.
He tucked the diamond solitaire a little deeper into his pocket. Patience, man. Patience.
The word became his mantra throughout the following months, the engagement ring a constant in his pocket whenever he was due to see Lori. He didn't move to Texas. George Overstreet, the photographer he'd met in College Station, hired him to be his personal outdoors guide when his river job came to a close, and by Thanksgiving, Chase had found his new vocation — outdoors photography.
George proved to be an extraordinary mentor who recognized and channeled Chase's natural talent. Despite the fact that opportunities assisting George arose and caused Chase to miss a couple of weekends with Lori, she supported and encouraged his newfound interest. "I think it's wonderful you've found your passion," she told him at Christmas when he sat working up the nerve to pull the ring from his pocket. "I think it makes such a difference in life."
You are my passion, he wanted to say. But he swallowed the words, even as he stilled his hand from reaching into his pocket for the ring. She didn't seem to notice that the gifts he gave her for Christmas lacked a one big "wow" present like he'd given her in previous years.
In February, he had the opportunity to travel with George to South America for a photo shoot to support a pitch that George's friend and former Olympic athlete Lana Wilkerson was making to the cable TV networks, so Chase missed spending Valentine's Day with Lori. Lori's trip to Australia with her mother claimed her spring break in March. Their happenstance discovery of her father, Cam Murphy, aboard a boat named Bliss in a marina near Cairns not only shook Lori to her soul, but also changed her summer plans. She took an internship on a horse farm in Virginia rather than return to Eternity Springs and risk further contact with the man who'd left her mother to raise their daughter alone. She was angry with her dad. Hurt at the world and not in the mood to talk to Chase about it. It drove a wedge between the two of them that summer.
Chase never did offer Lori that ring.
Inevitably, distance and different life directions created a gulf between them that neither one could bridge. They didn't fight. They didn't have an official breakup event. They simply ... stopped.
Lori did change her name — she took her father's when he married her mother shortly before her junior year in college. She achieved her goal and returned to Colorado to attend vet school and to assume her new family role — that of big sister to a new little brother.
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Oh boy. This one was intense. Ms. March faced some of life's ugliest in this addition with truth, the healing with grace and understanding. This was the best book so far of the series.
A beautifully crafted second chance at your first love romance that will tug at your heart, tickle your tear ducts, and massage your funny. I had a delightful read with times of sorrow, tears, and laughs getting to see Lori and Chase reunite again. This was my first read from Emily March and I found something that would bring me back again. Loir has her heart set on the world she knows and Chase had his set on the world yet to be discovered. Their first crack at love and HEA was not what was expect but the second chance has something promising in store for them both. For those of you new to Eternity Springs come on in and see the real deal and for those of you returning you will find what you have been missing since Heartsongs Cottage. Chase and Lori finally gets their chance to make a romance in the making happen for themselves. **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Two teens madly in love drift apart when work and school interfere. Lori Murphy was determined to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian while Chase Timberlake continued to dare nature as a white water rafting guide even after he obtained his business degree. When he met an outdoor photographer and became his protégé, Lori knew she had lost him. Now, several years later after a tragedy with his camera crew, he is back in Eternity Springs but has changed so much. Lori knows that she still loves him but what are his feelings for her? Lori in her role as a vet recognizes when an animal (or human) is hurting and knows how to comfort without smothering. She is there for Chase and he finally realizes that he has never stopped loving her. With her, he finds peace. I thought this was a wonderful romance and was glad that Lori and Chase found their way back to each other.
This is an enjoyable well-written romance – love enduring read! It was a bit of mystery, just because you knew Chase had been hurt but not exactly what had happened, which just added to the story! A truly enduring story with friends, neighbors, close knit families, puppy dogs, little kids camp --- loved it! And was surprised that this was the 11th in the authors acclaimed Eternity Springs series – because it read great as a stand-alone!
Ms. March is an author that will have you laughing through tears. As I was reading Reunion Pass I kept hearing a voice in the back of my head repeating the adage "life happens." That is so true. Realism is not always pretty and the painful moments outweigh the lighter ones but experience and maturity gives a better road map to follow as we muddle through the hard times. Chase and Lori were young and wanted different things. Now with more years under their belt, can they find the courage to try again. A hopeful, endearing gift.
Reunion Pass by Emily March is the latest Eternity Springs story. This is the story many Eternity Springs readers has been waiting for; the story of Lori Reese Murphy and Chase Timberlake. Lori is the daughter of Sarah Reese and Cam Murphy while Chase is the son of Ali and Mac Timberlake. Lori started crushing on Chase while in high school and the two soon became a couple. When Lori went off to college in Texas, Chase often visited. However, Chase left his job as a white water rafting guide to become an adventure photographer. While pursuing his dream of traveling the world he met another woman who he worked with, leaving Lori behind without any closure to their relationship. While on a work assignment near terrorist countries Chase survives a horrific and tragic experience that affected his life. Upon returning to Eternity Springs Chase is a shell of a man. Suffering from PTSD and guilt he just wants to be left alone. Lori wants to help mend his broken spirit but as a friend. She leaves a deserted pup with Chase for foster care, to take care of the pup. Chase starts to befriend Lori and talk only to her. He begins a job teaching swimming to children attending the Rocking L, a camp for children who have suffered loss, created by Jack and Cat Davenport. Working with these kids not only helped them overcome their fears but assisted Chase in facing his. As Chase begins to heal he talked Lori into believing that they do belong together and they should rekindle their relationship. Ms. March does an excellent job developing the storyline that gives us the lives of Lori and Chase and their path toward following in love. I absolutely loved this book. It moves along very quickly and the story flows nicely. The characters are well written, with human frailty and emotion. I got so caught up in the story that I had trouble putting it down. Emily March gets better and better. The Eternity Springs series is a favorite of mine to read.
This book was FAR more than I was expecting. Admittedly, I have missed the last few Eternity Springs novels, but HOLY CRAP, what a way to dive back in. Reunion Pass delievered and entirely new feel to the series for me. Ms. March gave 110,000% to Chase and Lori's book and I could not be more thrilled with it. We meet up with Lori and Chase years after she's graduated college and has become the resident vet back in Eternity Springs. She's tried to stay away. She's tried to forget him. And Chase has done the same, even going as far as moving on with someone else. But when a horrific accident occurs that brings Chase back home, he's back home for good. But before he can even begin to convince Lori of that he has his own demons that he has to wrestle with. The kind of demons that Lori has to help him face, and the kind that only Eternity Springs can put to rest. Chase and Lori are due their HEA, with glimpses of their past throughout the book it was so hard watching them come to terms that while love should be enough, you have to achieve your dreams and be happy with your life before you can honestly and wholeheartedly share that love with someone else. Once again the resident faith and love inspirer, Celeste Blessing helps the couple along from the sidelines as well as the entire community. This book is definitely one I would love to be able to experience for the first time again. I sat down and devoured it in one sitting, and I both loved it and regretted it when I reached the end. This is a keeper and a book I think everyone would highly enjoy if you get your kicks from epic love stories and amazing storytelling. Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I won the this book from the Goodreads Giveaways and it was fabulous. What a wonderful book. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It is a wonderful story about a couple who dated when they were young put life and distance came between the two of them. As they books says she has roots and wants to be in Eternity Springs and he has wings and needs to fly which he does and then falls for another woman who is really not right for him but they have to find it out. When a tragedy happens to him and he needs to come home and find himself again the one person who can do it is the one person who's heart was broken when things went bad. It is a lovely story on its own but it's wonderful when you know a bit about the other characters in the story from other books in the series.
Emily March has done it again! If you have not yet stepped into her Eternity Springs world, you are in for a treat! This little town, skillfully developed throughout this series, welcomes people and readers alike making everyone feel welcome. Each story stands alone making it easy to start anywhere in the series without being confused about past events, however once you start this series, you (like me) will be excited to learn more about the characters that make up this town. In Reunion Pass I was excited to see that Lori and Chase, children of past-featured characters, had a chance to tell their story. This particular novel meshed the usual romance with an extremely relevant element of suspense and, unfortunately, an all too relatable psychological battle within. I felt that the story was told with an honesty and sensitivity to PTSD and survivors remorse. The main character of Chase was heartbreakingly wonderful. I could feel his struggle, with both the trauma that he had encountered as well as the fight of listening to his true heart. I loved how, as in life, readers were lead to hang in there and wonder what had actually happened before hearing it from Chase. This made the whole story feel so much more real- you want to know, you want to help, but sometimes waiting and simply being there is all that the person truly needs. Lori, as usual (she’s one of my favorites) was so relatable, and definitely someone you would want to list as a friend. Seeing her dreams come true of starting her veterinarian practice was wonderful- but watching her get a second chance with her first love was absolutely perfect! I felt that she handled all of the situations thrown at her with such thought and heart, and I loved that Ms. March also showed her struggle with wanting to help, wanting to know, and deciding whether, or not, to trust her heart again. If you are looking for a book, and a series, that will grab you from the beginning and leave you thinking, fondly, of the characters after you turn the final page, pick up Reunion Pass, by Emily March. This is one of those series that I am so happy to read, it is consistently warm, beautiful, and perfect!
I love returning to Eternity Springs and have looked forward to reading Lori and Chase's story, since they were once an item in the past. Lori lives in Eternity Springs as a veterinarian. Chase's profession as a photographer has taken him all over the world. A tragic situation brought him back to Eternity Springs with deep emotional wounds. The author will grab your heart, make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to help out and live amongst the citizens of Eternity Springs. Emily has a way with words that are deeply satisfying. I always jump for joy when Celeste Blessing shows up. She has always been a constant presence in all the books of this series and her wise words always lift you up. I highly recommend this book. I also found that it can be read as a stand alone. You will most likely go back to the other books in this series after you read this one.
What a great story! I love all of Emily March's Eternity Springs books, and this one is another winner. While the book could be read as a stand-alone and still be a great story, it's much more fun to read the entire series. Then you know the background of the various characters, and visiting them again is like coming home for a visit. It's been fun watching Lori and Chase grow up over the years, and I love that they finally got their HEA.
I’ve only read the previous title in this series – but have found that Eternity Springs is a wonderful place for regrouping and reorganizing your life and taking a fresh start. In this second chance at romance, Chase and Lori were high school sweethearts but life goals got in the way of the romance between these two very different characters. Lori is more of a focused and driven character, she wanted to go to vet school and make a life in Eternity Springs, but Chase is an adventure junkie, always wanting the next new exciting moment. He’s achieved success as a photographer, and has been moving forward in his life and career with few thoughts of what he left behind. But, despite moving forward and finding a new fiancé, their assignment led them straight into danger. Unfortunately, when Chase is put through a terrible ordeal, he just loses his mojo and needed somewhere safe and nurturing to heal. These two are so very disparate, and neither has much experience with or willingness to compromise. For compromise appears to be the ONLY way that this rekindled romance could turn to more. Lori is, for me, self-sacrificing in all the best ways: challenging Chase when he needs it, being consistently supportive if not always gentle with him, and allowing him to see a light at the end of the tunnel. And since Chase is a hometown boy, other characters from the town make appearances and moments, bringing the couple out of the spotlight on THEM, and allows us to see their individual progression. A nice mix of humor, heart and some seriously twisted machinations bring us to an ending that is satisfying and appropriate: something I could not have envisaged earlier on through their story. A nice mix of present day moments alternate with flashbacks from their past illustrated their history and helped to flush out their story, making this one easily self-contained with no loss of knowledge for the reader. While this does read alone, the quality of characters, the relationship progression and the moments with other characters should interest you in the earlier titles. I received an eArc copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Welcome back to Eternity Springs where hearts heal & miracles happen. Once again March delves into this fantastic small town to give readers a story full of emotion and acceptance, along with a HEA that can’t be beat. I loved how bittersweet this take was at times. Life for these characters isn’t perfect, but it’s always very, very real. And the romance? It will make you swoon and envy the couple. The emotions are poignantly real throughout. Vividly beautiful descriptions pair with a seamless yet original second chance romance to bring the characters to life in an unforgettable manner. I really enjoyed the growth in Chase and Lori, yet the fact that they are still essentially the same two people that made me smile when I first met them earlier in the series. At the same time, March develops them in such a manner that you get to know them very well within this novel itself. It’s a brilliant mix. And the supporting cast? Small town at its finest. Everyone knows everything about everyone and are more than willing to step in, if needed or not. March has definitely created a winning and heart-warming novel here, both for Readers following Eternity Springs from the get-go and for those just entering this fantastic world. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
I have been a fan of Emily March from the first book I read "Angels Rest". The "Eternity Springs" series is a pleasure to read and the latest addition to this collection is exception. "Reunion Pass" is the culmination of years of Chase Timberlake and Lori Murphy's relationship. The reader is taken on a journey of love that faded because of distance and determination of these two characters to bring to fruition their life long dreams. Lori has dreamed of being a Vetranarian since childhood. Chase, the adventurous type, has drifted since his college graduation from one adventure to another. He has carried a ring in his pocket for years but has never felt it time to pop the question. He finally decides to ask and is disuaded by Lori's decision to focus on her education. What ensues is a lack of communication and a drifting apart with no formal break-up. Flash forward to the present. Both characters have gone on with their lives and reached the goals they were seeking to achieve in their professional lives. They reunite in Eternity Springs where Chase is engaged to another woman and about to embark on a huge adventure for a televison program he is involved with. The trip turns the Timberlake's family up side down. Chase returns to Eternity Springs a broken man lost in his pain and sorrow, disconnected emotionally from all who love him. Lori is the only one who can help him find his way back to the land of the living. They both find the old feelings have never left their hearts and struggle with trusting each other as they both heal from the experiences of the past. I highly recomend Reunion Pass to all readers who enjoy young love and family, friends, and acquaintences who come together to rally around those who are in need of encouragememt. It is a heartwarming story with a wonderful ending.
One of Emily March's best yet. Couldn't put it down.
WOW! I was waiting for this story. It did not disappoint me. It was a emotional roller coster. It was full of characters that we have met in other books of Eternity Springs books. Lots of drama, romance, cute kids, cute animals, danger and heartaches. Chase Timberlake and Lori Reese dated as teenagers. Loved each other and lost each other. Now Chase travels the world and is engaged to be married to a older women. Chase is a adventure photography for a relative tv show. He loves white water rapids. Lori has known from a young age that she wants to be a veterinary. She knows it will be hard to get into a good school. I like how the town pulls together for each other. How everyone knows each other in the small town. I wondered how these two would get together again or if they would be better off apart. I did not want to put the book down. Now I have to wait for the next book to come out. I loved the ranch part of the story. The kids were so cute and had gone through so much. They were great. I have enjoyed reading all 11 books of this series. I was given this ebook to read for free and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Reunion Pass
What a beautiful story to add to the heartfelt series of Eternity Springs. Start with a story of second chances, loving unconditionally and healing. Add characters you wish are your neighbors and the writing style of Emily March and another successful story comes to life. The reader runs the gamut of emotions---chuckling, laughing and crying while loving every word on every page! A perfect title for a book that I read in two sittings! It is definitely a title worth reading and escaping to! Thank you to the author for another beautiful addition to the series---a definite winner!
Reunion Pass by Emily March...Another Sweet wonderful book in the Eternity Springs series. This book has everything I look for in a fabulous story, hardship, friendship, romance, love and amazing characters. We get Chase and Lori's story from high school sweethearts to going there separate ways, but things happen to bring back together. Can they make it work this time? You really need to read this book so you can find out. I absolutely love all Emily March's books and I can't wait for the next one. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This story will warm your heart and soul. Emily March never fails to make you feel like you're part of the Eternity Springs community. Once you pick this book up and start reading you won't want to put it down!
This is another wonderful addition to the Eternity Springs series. I have never been disappointed in any of the books and this might be my favorite one. It is not a couple-broke-up-in-college start of a story, but more of drifting apart after college. Different goals, different dreams but when both happen to be back in Eternity Springs something magical happens. Truly wonderful, emotional, you get involved in the story from the beginning.
"Reunion Pass" (Eternity Springs Book 11) by Emily March is a fantastic read. This story will make you teary one minute and laughing the next. I absolutely loved Chase and Lori's story! This is an excellent addition to the wonderful Eternity Springs Series. Highly recommend to all fans of romance, series, highly entertaining interesting characters, love, overcoming tragedy, second chances, and so much more. I can't wait to see what happens next in Eternity Spring!
I've been waiting for Lori and Chase's story and now that I have it I can only say it was well worth the wait. As with all the Eternity Springs stories the characters are fascinating, real, and someone you would want as your friend. Lori and Chase first met in high school and everyone in the small Eternity Springs community thought they would be together forever. Unfortunately life got in the way. Lori is pursuing her dream of becoming a vet while Chase is exploring a new career in action photography. With both of them so busy, the relationship just seemed to fall apart and they went their separate ways. That is until Chase returns a broken man and it seems that Lori is the only one who can get him living again. This is a wonderful story and one you don't want to miss! I highly recommend it.
Great story and characters – I could not stop reading it and as I sit here with a purring cat on my lap and think about the words I have read I feel like opening it and reading it from the beginning again. Chase has wings – he wants to travel and enjoy adventure – he is a rolling rock with many places to go and many things to see. Lori is person who seeks to extend her roots deep – she has goals and a future to pursue that rules her life. Though Chase and Lori love one another deeply they manage to lose sight of this and of one another as they pursue their personal goals. Six years later, when Chase returns to Eternity Springs after a harrowing event, the possibility of rekindling romance is a possibility. This is my second Eternity Springs novel and another beautiful stand-alone novel. This book deals with trauma and the strength required to deal with and overcome it whether as an adult or as a child. The idea that there is family, community, friends and lovers that are able to assist and support during the process is a strong component of this book. This was a charming but also deep book that made me think, feel and want to be the type of person who would be there should someone ever need my support and assistance. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the copy I received to read for an honest review.