He's only looking for a room and a fresh start, but Zach finds more than he'd bargained for when he checks into Fay Lindemuth's bed-and-breakfast. The single mom intrigues him with her quiet strength and gentle beauty. He knows he should keep his distance from Fay and her young sons. Not only is she still hung up on her ex-husband, but as an ex-marine, Zach Castro has no idea what he can offer them. No matter how much he begins to feel for her
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Beth's emotionally intense stories are balanced with just a hint of snark, which has netted her three Golden Heart finals and in 2007-a coveted win. Her winning manuscript, Not Without Her Family, sold to Harlequin Superromance, marking the achievement of her original dream and the beginning of what she hopes is a long career writing the stories she loves.
When Beth's not writing (or daydreaming, mumbling to herself or playing Spider Solitaire) she can be found making some of the many recipes she collects, redecorating her home or stringing beads together. She has been honored by her kids as "The Only Mum in Town Who Makes Her Children Do Chores" and "The Meanest Mum in the World" - as if there's something wrong with counting down the remaining days of summer vacation until school starts again. To learn more about Beth, her books or to get her latest favorite recipe, check out her website above.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Phew--this one was a tough one to read at times. A very realistic (or so it appears from the outside, anyway) portrayal of depression--sometimes it was all too easy to be tempted to adapt the attitude of Fay's friends and family: why can't she just leave her ex at the curb, already? Get over him and move on? OMG, especially at the beginning I just wanted to shake her--but yeah, I completely understand why she had to find her way to putting him in the past by herself. I loved watching her discover her inner strength (mostly) on her own--Zach helped point her in the right direction, definitely, but it was very much Fay's own struggle and triumph. Their romance is almost an afterthought to the bigger struggles they're both dealing with--her depression, toxic ex, and dependence on others; his moving on with his life after losing an arm and a leg in the Marines--but truly, that's how it needed to be. There's much more to them finding their HEA than just discovering the right person to make that journey with. Though I'd really like to see more of them as they continue on their way--perhaps Josie could have her own book, and Fay and Zach could be secondary characters? (And that's something I never thought I'd even consider at the beginning of this one, since Josie's the nineteen-year-old Fay's reprehensible ex impregnated and then left in a hotel room far from everything she knew...but hey, right in the same town as his ex and their two kids. Total prince...though Josie herself didn't quite seem like a sympathetic character at first. Until suddenly, she was.) I definitely appreciated the fact that Fay's two boys weren't model children. The oldest was a bit of a mouthy brat used to getting his own way, and the youngest had a tendency to be on the timid side (though he could give his brother as good as he got when needed). It all fit with their mother's self esteem issues and struggles with depression. Underneath it all, they're sweet boys--hopefully as Fay continues to grow stronger and under Zach's positive influence they'll straighten up. They showed promise when Zach let them help in the kitchen (some of my favorite scenes, btw.) I've gotten behind in the In Shady Grove series--clearly it's time to catch up! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Refreshingly real, strikingly honest, brutally beautiful, a study of a human mind, of depression and how it can affect a person, on all the aspects of their life. The story got so real, it was impossible not to get emotionally involved. The actions, thoughts, and behavior of the characters got me irritated, made me laugh, made me furious, had me in tears. It was like I had to go through the same process as the characters did, of acceptance, forgiveness, learning to love again, not others, but ourselves. And I am not saying the journey with the characters was easy, entertaining, or fun. It was amusing at times, alluring at others, but mostly it was harsh look into the deep inside, to question and to understand the reasons, motivations, and the expectations we have when we behave in certain ways. The story took some time to get into, I was highly irritated with Fay, until more of her history was unveiled. Her best friend I never warmed up to, I just wished her manipulating ways to vanish away. I loved the kids, they were the reason for many laughs and smiles, with their authentic curiosity, loving hearts, and brave souls. After the scene was set and the story got flowing, I gushed the rest of wishing there would have been more. After the bit slow start, the ending felt rushed, wrapped up too fast. But still, the story was complete, and the ending satisfactory, I just wished for a little picture towards the future, confirming that they made it. There are some stories that stay with you, they manage to open up a new window in your mind, and give you a new view of the scenery. This story with its raw beauty did that for me, given lot to ponder and wonder for the days to come. ~ Four Spoons and a teaspoon on the side