Willowleaf Lane (Hope's Crossing Series #5)

Willowleaf Lane (Hope's Crossing Series #5)

by RaeAnne Thayne
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Willowleaf Lane 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
My experiences with this series are very hit and miss. I like the setting and enjoy Thayne's writing for the most part, but not every book works for me. This one leans more toward the "miss" side of the equation. It's not the characters or their actions this time, it's mostly that the book doesn't quite feel complete. There are several instances in the book where something is mentioned or happens that makes me think I'd missed something--each time I stopped, went back, double-checked--and not once did I find what I was looking for. To add to the unfinished quality of the book, it ends abruptly. VERY abruptly. I kept trying to turn the page only to find there were no more pages to turn! The characters literally reach their HEA point while on their first date. Even for characters with a history, this is a bit of a stretch. Still, I enjoy this series and will come back for more, hoping that the next one works better for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A romance book with turns in it ado over of love very good book to read curled up by the fire
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is absolutely the best in the series. 256 pages of love.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Book five of the Hope's Crossing series is like a long awaited letter about a group of dear friends. This time around we're learning more about Charlotte Caine.  Life as a teen-ager who had just lost her mother was very difficult, so she ate away her pain.  Unfortunately, life as an obese teen was even harder.  As she helped the town's "super jock", Spencer Gregory, with his homework, she fell for him in a big way, but he just saw a good friend. Now Spencer has returned to Hope's Crossing from a stent in big league baseball, where he was a super star before he was injured, but he's returning with his own disgrace of public scandal involving drugs and his dead wife.  His 12 year old daughter Payton, is non too happy about leaving her friends either.  Once again, Thayne develops serious issues within this love story.  "Everybody who went through tough things had to take his own road back. Others could push and guide and help but nobody could chose another's journey for him."  Issues of wounded warriors, eating disorders, and self-loathing are developed in extremely interesting ways within this story of community, friendships, hope, and all different forms of love. This series continues to impress me more and more with every book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This addition to the series is about renewal and redemption. This very intense book involves a hero and heroine who have both experienced some very bad situations in their lives. They not only find healing, but redemption along the road to each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the characters in this series. They could very well be your neighbors. I'm looking forward to the next book
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I got a nice warm and fuzzy reading this book and I was so happy to see these two get their happy ending. - Full review available at BookTrib's website or RomanticReadsandSuch on Wordpress.
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kimcat More than 1 year ago
Fun series in a small town.
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HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review In Willowleaf Lane (Hope's Crossing #5) by RaeAnne Thayne, Life has finally started to turn around for Charlotte Caine. She's the proud owner of the busy gourmet candy shop Sugar Rush in her hometown of Hope's Crossing, Colorado. And she has revamped her image, having lost more than eighty pounds over the last few years through diet and plenty of exercise. Charlotte has spent her lifetime being painfully shy and fighting her emotions with overeating. When her brother Dylan almost lost his life in an attack in Afghanistan and had to endure painful surgeries and rehab once stateside, she decided she needed to improve her own life and hold on to every precious moment she has. Even though she feels mentally and physically stronger than she has in probably her whole life, she still feels like that shy, overweight girl who was emotionally wrecked by her high school crush, Spencer Gregory. He was a few years older than her, was friends with her older brothers, and worked at her father's cafe. Charlotte helped him with his writing assignments after school at the cafe when she was fifteen and fell in love with him. Spence seemed to appreciate the help and was always kind to her until she overheard him talking about her to one of his friends. That was the lowest point of her life and helped to shape who she would become. She knew she shouldn't take to heart what an arrogant jock said about her, but it was all her teenage heart and mind could think of. Years later, Charlotte still feels the emotional pain of that day. When Spencer returns to town after a huge scandal ends his pro-baseball career, she has to face him on an almost daily basis seeing how he moved almost next door to her on Willowleaf Lane. His twelve year old daughter Peyton reminds her of herself at that age, having also lost her mom tragically, so she befriends her in the hopes of easing her pain a little bit. But Charlotte isn't ready for the feelings that resurface when she is reintroduced to Spencer for the first time in years. He obviously doesn't recall the heartbreak he caused her which just angers Charlotte more. But as she gets to know him as an adult, not a self-assured teen, she's intrigued by the kind, caring person she sees. He appears completely different than the image the media has sold over the years and she's not sure which version to believe. Spence comes up with an idea to use his position as the director of the new rec center in town to expand it into helping wounded vets. Charlotte is afraid he is just trying to clean up his image but finds that Spence is sincere and comes up with a great plan. She agrees to help him with the project. Every time they meet the intimacy between them becomes more intense, culminating in a powerful kiss. Charlotte can't imagine why he would be interested in her after all this time and downplays the attraction to him just being bored. But it's obvious their feelings are growing stronger. They keep getting thrown together and she wonders if fate is trying to tell her something or if she will just end up heartbroken once he leaves again. Spencer Gregory comes from humble beginnings but worked hard to become a pro baseball pitcher for the Portland Pioneers. Too bad he lost sight of some of the more important things in life along the way. He wasn't able to spend as much time with his daughter Peyton as he would have liked. Now that he's lost his job, thanks to a stint in rehab for prescription pills and a scandal over selling pharmaceuticals to his teammates, he's back in his hometown to take over as the director of the new rec facility. His supermodel wife tragically died about a year ago, leaving him alone to care for Peyton and try to reconnect with her. She's fighting the move to Hope's Crossing and making his life interesting to say the least. Spencer is thrilled when he finds out that his former friend Charlotte Caine lives on the same street where he's renting a house and that she seems to have a connection with Peyton. Having her as a third party seems to lessen some of the tension between he and his daughter. Charlotte has changed in physical appearance considerably but she is still kind and compassionate. He knows she was always beautiful and remembers her gorgeous blue eyes looking at him while helping him with his high school assignments. He's not proud that he was a typical teen and was focused on looks, not personality, but he is definitely not the same person he was back then. Against his better judgement, he tries to pursue Charlotte. He has no idea what he expects to happen, considering he'll probably only be in town for six months, but he can't help himself. He's never felt so strongly about a woman before. Time and again, Charlotte sends him mixed signals, giving in to his kisses one minute and then pushing Spence away the next. He's frustrated and confused until she confesses to overhearing a conversation he had with a friend back in school. He can't believe Charlotte will even speak to him again after that. He then realizes how wonderful a person she truly is and resolves to make it up to her some way, if it takes the entire town to do so. The Hope's Crossing series by RaeAnne Thayne just keeps getting better with every new book I pick up. Her writing is very fluid and descriptive, making it very quick to read, and the characters all are well defined with intriguing backstories. Charlotte and Spencer are no strangers to loss and devastation. Their lives haven't been perfect by any means, but they have both fought to make their way and have worked hard for everything they have. I definitely identified with Charlotte's struggles with her self-image and was happy that she had found the strength to take control of her bad habits and turn her life around. Spence was a little bit harder to love at first, but with every bit of information we learn about the past decade of his life, I found myself better understanding some of the choices he made. I was a little disappointed in the lack of an epilogue to this story, but I'm sure we'll catch glimpses of Charlotte and Spencer in future Hope's Crossing books. Definitely recommended for contemporary romance fans.
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CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
The very first book I read by RaeAnne Thayne was Blackberry Summer, the first book in the Hope Crossing series. I will admit I fell in love with the cover first, the covers for this whole series have been beautiful, but when I opened the book and started reading, OH my! I was quickly hooked on Ms. Thayne's work. Since then I have been impatiently awaiting each new release. Willowleaf Lane the fifth book in the Hope's Crossing series and is just as fabulous as the rest of the series. I love small town series where everyone knows everyone else. I also love that most small town romance stories also include the support of the community. Someone is always there when someone in town is in need. I love how they whole community will pull together to help each other out. Charlotte Caine is not thrilled when she finds out that Spencer Gregory, her old crush, is back in town.  However his daughter Peyton soon finds a special place in Charlotte's heart. Charlotte feels a connection to Peyton because she lost her mother at a young age just as Peyton has.  I love how Charlotte does all these really sweet things to help Peyton feel welcome and make her feel more at home in Hope's Crossing.  Peyton has some problems she needs some help dealing with. I admired how Charlotte steps in to help Peyton & Spencer. Charlotte is wonderful woman with a heart made out of gold. I totally loved Charlotte and her willingness to do anything to help her family and friends.  Spencer Gregory has been through a lot since high school. His life was going great, he was playing pro ball, everything was wonderful, until everything starts to fall apart. This guy certainly has more then his fair share of bad luck. When he returns to his hometown he fully expects everyone to give him the cold shoulder that he has been receiving else where. It isn't too long until he finds out that he does have a few supporters left in Hope's Crossing. He has plenty of drama that unfolds in his life after he returns home and it's nice he has a few people in his corner.  Charlotte does her best not to fall in love with Spence again but the guy is just too darn wonderful to resist. I found it adorable to watch Spencer work trying to get Charlotte's attention and affection. I love reunion stories where the guy realizes the love of his life was right there all along, he just didn't know it.  Charlotte and Spencer's story was another fascinating tale that I enjoyed during my recent visit to Hope's Crossing.  If you enjoy a touching reunion romance story, a small town romance series, a few dramatic problems, and a just plain enthralling story then you should check this one out. If you haven't read the rest of the series I would highly recommend those as well.  So now that I have devoured Willowleaf Lane I will now start my wait for the next fabulous book by Ms. Thayne. 
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I just love the covers of Hope's Crossing books. It is surprising how much a cover makes me want to pick up the book even when it is a ebook. Hope's Crossing is such a nice community coming together and helping each other when they can. I like the idea that Charlotte as she is running past houses she is thinking do they need help or what can I do for them. Great attitude. The plot is that Spencer has come back to run the new community rec center after his professional baseball career is over with a injury and prescription abuse. Then he had two years of everyone thinking he got steroids for other team members. Also his wife suicide some wondered if he murdered her. He wants to get his life back. Charlotte owns a candy store and makes her own fudge and other candy. In the past two years she has lost 80lbs. A young girl enters the shop. Peyton does not want to live in Hope's Crossing. She misses her friends. She starts talking to Charlotte and tastes the different fudges. Peyton tells Charlotte that her mother had died and is living here with her father. Charlotte who's own mother died when she was around the same age gives her the candy she was going to buy as a welcome to town gift. Peyton is shocked that she just gave her the couple of pounds of fudge. Peyton's dad comes into the store and Charlotte recognizes him. But Spencer is shocked when he finds out who she is. Spencer's mom used to work for Charlotte's dad café when she was sober. Charlotte would help him pass English. She is angry at Spencer and is rude to him. Spencer wants to add on to the community rec. program. When Peyton suggest to do something for wounded vets and their family he jumps on the band wagon. It snowballs from there. I got caught up in the story. Did not want it to end. (though I loved the ending). It dealt a little with eating disorders both the opposite of each other. With drugs addiction and wounded soldiers. I thought the issues were touched on just the right amount for the story. Made me think a little about each issue and it was good entertaining book at the same time. It also made me want some of the fudge. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I was finished by Netgalley. publication: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN:0373777698
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was blessed to recieve an advanced readers copy of Willowleaf Lane. I love this series and with each book it gets better and better. The theme of each book seems to focus on surmounted obsticles however in this installment RaeAnne Thayne has surpassed her ability to bring the characters to life to the point where you REALLY feel the emotion! Great read, great story so grab the popcorn and enjoy
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Willowleaf Lane by Raeanne Thayne Like this series because it's so real, the problems, the solutions and the community working together. This one is about Charlotte Caine and she now runs the Sugar Rush, where she makes gourmet sweets. She also has other sweets from other distributors on hand. Spencer Gregory is back in town with his daughter Peyton who stops in to buy chocolate but is given them as a welcome to the town gift. He doesn't realize that they knew one another when she was 15. Then she was much overweight and he wouldn't have given her the time of day. He was the high jock who went on to college and got hurt there. He's back now to be in charge of the rec center that is just being built. She had tutored him so he could pass and go onto college with his sports scholarship. He didn't treat her very well. Love hearing about the plans for the center for injured vets and their families. She realizes he's not in it for the publicity. Nice to learn of the struggles of Peyton and how she fits into everything... Angel of Mercy-just love this and how others in town pull together when they are needed. Loved hearing about beading and books and all the yummy food! Due to Peyton's illness they are drawn together more and she finds out what really happened once he left the town when he was 19. Didn't care for how the book ended and I'm pretty sure there will be more in the series.. I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion
Koalabear3 More than 1 year ago
I loved this latest book in the Hope Crossing series. If you love reading about small towns than this series is for you. This is book #5 in the series. The author RaeAnne Thayne sent me a copy of the book for my honest review. Charlotte, Spenser and Peyton have a lot of ups and downs in this book. It will make you laugh and cry. It will make you fall in love with the town Hope Crossing. I hated to see the book end. I hope there will be many more books to the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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