Okay last week I did a review of Nora, one of my favorite authors. Today is another of my favorites, and the bonus is, RaeAnne is a friend. Anyway I call her one. I met her a few years ago when I joined Utah Romance Writers of America. She is such a mentor to the chapter and a wonderful story teller. If you've never read one of her books--get to the store now and get one. You'll be hooked for life.
Blurb - Blackberry Summer
Claire Bradford needed a wake-up call.
What she didn’t need as a tragic car accident. As a single mom and the owner of a successful bead shop, Claire leads a predictable life in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado. So what if she has no time for romance? At least, that’s what she tells herself, especially when her best friend’s sexy younger brother comes back to town as the new chief of police.
But when the accident forces Claire to slow down and lean on others – especially Riley McKnight – she realizes, for the first time, that things need to change. And not just in her own life. The accident – and the string of robberies committed by teenagers that led up to it – is a wake-up call to the people of Hope’s Crossing. The sense of togetherness and community had been lost during those tough years. But with a mysterious “Angel of Hope” working to inspire the town, Riley and Claire will find themselves opening up to love and other possibilities at the end of an extraordinary summer.
|I give this a 5!|
RaeAnne has created a town of wonderful characters. I can't wait until the next book. I loved Claire, she wasn't perfect but she was close, and she loves to bead. I do too, and some of the scenes brought back beading sessions with my own friends. And Riley? Well, he wasn't perfect either. That's what I love about these characters they're your friends, people you want to meet and have tea or coffee with. Or in my case a glass of wine with. And when it ended I almost cried. Not because the ending was sad but because I didn't want it to end. I recommend this book to everyone!