Hope’s Crossing Series
2nd in Series
We met Evie Blanchard in the first book of the series Blackberry Summer. She works for Claire in the bead shop but before she came to Hope’s Crossing she lived in Los Angeles and was a very successful physical therapist. After a very emotional year there she sought refuge in the relaxed pace of Hope’s Crossing. She is shocked when her friend Katherine who knows her history asks her to help with her granddaughter Taryn’s rehabilitation. Taryn was injured in a accident the shook up the whole town. Evie was able to turn down dad Brodie’s request when he asked her to help but there was no way she could turn down his mom.
Brodie is a single dad that will do anything he can to help his daughter recuperate and is happy when Evie agrees to at least get things set up and started. She is immediately drawn in by Taryn’s spirit and realizes the she can help her. The feelings that she is starting to feel for Brodie are the last thing she needs.
With some help for her friends Taryn starts to make strides in her recovery and Evie and Brodie are on a path to find a love neither of them expected.
This book hit me on a very personal level. Many of you know my story. I was in a accident back in 2001 that has left my right side paralyzed. I spent 75 days in the hospital and then another year in outpatient therapy. I was privileged to work with some awesome physical and occupational therapists. Thankfully my brain and speech was not affected like Taryn, but it was a long road and while I can walk very short distances, any trips outside of our home require a wheelchair and learning to do things left-handed and one-handed has been a journey I would not wish on anyone. My prognosis wasn’t that good and there have been bumps along the way but each day I wake up is a gift.
Because of what I went through Taryn’s story rings true. Her depression, her anger, her temper, are all things just like I experienced as well as the joy she felt when a goal is reached. The therapist’s push you beyond what you think you can do. That’s what Evie did for Taryn.
Yes, this a romance novel, and the romance was engaging. Like the first book in the series the characters and their relationships with each other is wonderful. Hope’s Crossing seems like a great place to live. The author has created a place I want to visit again and again. But it was Taryn’s story of strength and drive and doing the right thing in the end that made me absolutely love this book.
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