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Advance Review- Heartsong Cottage by Emily March

Title: Heartsong Cottage: An Eternity Springs Novel(#10)

Heartsong Cottage

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Small Town

Author: Emily March

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Nov. 3, 2015(pre-order available)

Pages: 320

Source: Free For review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4.5

Description from Amazon.com:         

Two weary strangers are about to rest their burdens in Eternity Springs, where there’s hope for every broken heart.

Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn’t found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in the small mountain town of Eternity Springs…and meets a beautiful, intriguing woman who offers a glimpse of something Daniel thought he’d never have again.

Shannon O’Toole isn’t looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé’s death, she created a quiet life for herself restoring Victorian cottages. Still, she can’t deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she’s hasn’t felt in years-including the desire to share her secrets. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door? In Eternity Springs, anything-and everything-is possible…

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This is number 10 in the Eternity Springs series but you can read each as a standalone novel with town characters popping in and out of each book.

This is a very emotional book.  Be prepared to have tears and maybe out and out sobbing.  Yes it is a heartwarming Happily-Ever-After but it will take a lot out of you to get to that point. Shannon is being stalked and is in hiding, Daniel is in need to be moving on with his life.  The residents of Eternity Spings do aide them in finding each other.  Celeste Bradley is a one woman force to be reckoned with, perhaps she is an angel in disguise:

“A widowed, retired schoolteacher from South Carolina, Celeste wore her silver-gray hair in a stylish bob, spoke with a delightful, soft southern accent, and demonstrated an old-money class that blended with a youthful sense of fun.”

She also rides a motorcycle and hands out angel wing awards to those deserving.

The writing here is good.  The plot a bit predictable but enjoyable in its arc. The Characterization is well developed over the ten books so each person feels like someone you have known forever.  The new characters are well fleshed out.  There is a surprise thrown in that you won’t see coming.  If you are new to the series it is really okay to start here. Just be warned that your heart is going to break for these two lovers.

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7 Fridays til Christmas Review- Miracle Road by Emily March

Title:  Miracle Road: An Eternity Springs Novel

Miracle road

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Author: Emily March

Publisher: Ballantine, Nov. 5, 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from amazon.com:

After tragedy strikes his team, college basketball coach Lucca Romano arrives in the haven of Eternity Springs to reassess his life. Even a winning record and big offers can’t dent the wall of guilt that Lucca has built around himself. Nothing can—except maybe a vibrant new neighbor who won’t give up on him.

Schoolteacher Hope Montgomery believes in miracles. She has to believe—because giving up would mean crumbling under the greatest loss a parent can endure. Hope understands Lucca’s suffering; she lives it herself every day. However, the high school team needs his coaching expertise, so she sets out to draw him from his cold, solitary shell and into the warmth of life in their small Rocky Mountain town. But when a weak moment leads to consequences that shake Hope’s faith, it’s up to Lucca to put aside his heartache and show the teacher that here in Eternity Springs broken hearts can heal—just in time for Christmas.

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This is Emily March’s seventh novel in her Eternity Springs Series.  It is so well written that you will not for a minute feel you missed something by not reading earlier books in the series, although you will want to go back and find out all about those delightful side characters.  Characters like Celeste Blessing who rides a motorcycle and dishes out life changing and life affirming philosophy or Maggie Romano mother to the Romano family who can hold her own even when there is family angst. But, of course, this book is all about Hope Montgomery and Lucca Romano; both have lived through horrible tragedy and suffer horrible guilt.  It is their story of supporting, trusting and loving that warms the pages of this novel.

I can recommend this book if you want your heart warmed by a delightful array of characters but know that there is a good deal of sadness before the clouds lift.  Those clouds often seem socked-in and the abruptness of the turnaround was a bit disconcerting but all in all a good read.

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Coming next Friday:

Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait

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