or her future?
It's taken Amy Finley ten years, but she's finally ready to return to her hometown of Heartache, Tennessee, and face the past. She just never expected that would include reuniting with her high school sweetheart and now town sheriff, Sam Reyes. Or that Sam's latest case would lead right back to the darkest chapter in her life.
The attraction between Amy and Sam is definitely still there, not to mention that she's sure she could quickly grow to love his cute baby son. But can he forgive her for keeping her secrets? Can she forgive herself?
About the Author
USA TODAY bestselling author Joanne Rock credits her decision to write romance to a book she picked up during a flight delay that engrossed her so thoroughly, she didn't mind at all when her flight was delayed two more times. Giving her readers the chance to escape into another world has motivated her to write over eighty books for a variety of Harlequin series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There's a lot going on at Heartache, Tennessee, as the readers walk right into the events from the previous books in the series. Even though the is strongly part of a series, the book can be read as a stand-alone, like I did, and still enjoy it. The past events are recapped with satisfying detail, to be able to follow the storyline. The major events in the town are not all resolved here, there's no cliffhanger, but definitely left many openings for the series to continue. Sam and Amy were easy to like, the honesty and openness they had with each other were refreshing. There wasn't any unnecessary angst or drama between them, from the start they said what they meant, and asked for information when curious, no games, no pretend. With the fragile situation from the past, there was tension and worry, but it was over driven or overplayed in any form. Even though other's seemed to think Sam and Amy both could be a little difficult or intimidating, with each other, there was no doubt, just acceptance, understanding, and caring. Even with Aidan, his mom, and babysitters, their open acceptance restorative, healing, and admirable. The crimes committed in the Heartache were on everyone's mind, the frustration and urge to nail the culprits was palpable. That crime aspect and the role of Sam and Amy in it gave the story more depth and juice. The secondary storyline with the teenagers was as if echoing Amy and Sam's past, so delicate yet so cloying. Coming home is not always easy, being with your family can be turbulent. The storyline kept coming around to the importance of a family, whether it is a family by blood or by choice. It looked at parenthood from many different angles, none of them perfect, without a fail, yet most of them at the end loving and protective. I loved following the development of the tale, the characters finding their voice and place within the community, the first love getting another, adorable chance, and some kind of momentary peace found within the city limits, for now at least, since it was hinted of that more turbulence was on its way ~ Four Spoons
In her latest novel, Whispers Under a Southern Sky, Joanne Rock returns to Heartache, Tennessee. This ongoing series has never shied away from series subjects and this installment is no exception. After seventeen years Amy Finley has finally come home to face her past and her family. Amy always seemed to bear the brunt of her mother’s out of control bipolar disorder. After a particularly bad fight she left town without looking back. The capture, and pending trial, of the local predator brings Amy back to support her sister’s testimony and put that long ago summer behind her. Sam Reyes, her high school boyfriend, is also back in town after leaving abruptly that same summer, now with an infant in tow. Now Sheriff, Reyes has made it his mission to convict Jeremy Covington for his crimes against the women in town. Though he has his hands full with his newborn son, Reyes actively pursues additional evidence to ensure Covington never sees the light of day again. The search for justice and releasing the past are strong themes in this book. It is only by facing the past that one can move forward. Rock explores these issues without overwhelming the story. Sam and Amy were well-developed characters made stronger by their past history and ability to finally let go and move forward. I always enjoy my visits to Heartache and this was no exception. This installment follows best after reading at least the one before it, it can stand alone. The warmth of the characters will draw in new readers. This is a great series that has many more stories left to tell. Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A little bit of everything greets you when you make your way through the pages of this newest voyage into Heartache, Tennessee! We have reuniting of past loves, family break-ups and reconciliations, teen angst and a big mystery in the works of trying to find out who’s been terrorizing young girls around town for years. Great read! We finally meet that long lost Finley sister when Amy returns to town after a 10 year absence. She’s finally put the past behind her enough to be able to face her family, the town and all of it’s triggers. She’s not expecting to meet back up with her high school sweetheart again though! Sheriff Sam Reyes had his own reasons for fleeing town all those years ago, and he’s back in town now with his baby son to try to put some of those issues to rest and get justice once and for all. Amy and Sam can’t deny their attraction is still there … and they both need some happiness in their lives … but will he be able to get past a secret that she wants to keep buried?