Evie Blanchard was at the top of her field in the city of angels. But when an emotional year forces her to walk away from her job as an occupational therapist, she moves from Los Angeles to Hope’s Crossing, seeking a quieter life. So the last thing she needs is to get involved with the handsome, arrogant Brodie Thorne and his injured daughter, Taryn.
A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs…even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them. And despite her vow to keep an emotional distance, Evie can’t help but be moved by Taryn’s spirit, or Brodie’s determination to win Evie’s help—and her heart. With laughter, courage and more than a little help from the kindhearted people of Hope’s Crossing, Taryn may get the healing she deserves—and Evie and Brodie might just find a love they never knew could exist.
About The Author:
I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.
Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.
After I graduated from college in journalism, I took a job at the local daily newspaper and I reveled in the challenge and the diversity of it. One day I could be interviewing the latest country music star, the next day I was writing about local motorcycle gangs or interviewing an award-winning scientist.
Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.
I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.
I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.
Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.
I’m so pleased to have had the chance to read this book. While it’s the second in Ms. Thayne’s Hope’s Crossing book, and there were references to things from Blackberry Summer-book 1-there wasn’t anything overly confusing about it, and easily read as a stand alone book. The writing style and the emotions that Ms. Thayne pours into the story are felt deep inside the reader as they read this fun, sometimes comic story of hope, love, and the meaning of believing.
Brodie Thorne is a character I can relate with because he’s a single parent, and so am I. I often find myself frustrating and pulling my hair out, and I could feel that in Brodie. His daughter, Taryn, was injured in a car accident and is not cooperating with her therapists. She’s acting out, and Brodie is at his wit’s end. Until he meets the beautiful Evie Blanchard.
Evie Blanchard moved on from her past life….she wants to start over and settle into a peaceful, easy life. Then she meets Brodie and Taryn. Not wanting to build a relationship with Brodie, she tries hard to guard her heart. She agrees to work with Taryn, and help her with her therapy. But, the longer she helps, and the more she’s around them, she finds her heart opening up to the handsome Realtor and his daughter.
This was truly a wonderful read. Filled with sadness, happiness, wittiness and characters that move into your heart to stay, this is a fantastic roller coaster ride. Worthy of beyond 5 Books, this is a new-to-me author and series that will forever be on my recommendation list. I am looking forward to going back and reading Blackberry Summer as soon as I can, as well as, looking forward to the Fall of 2012 for the release of book 3, Sweet Laurel Falls.