May 27, 2015

In Firefly Valley

Though her dreams included a husband and children, Marisa knew she was not ready for either. She needed more time to heal. ~In Firefly Valley

Who said you can’t go home again? That’s exactly what Marisa St. George does in Amanda Cabot’s, In Firefly Valley. When Marisa looses her job, she finds herself back in her hometown in Texas, managing the Rainbow’s End resort.

I love stories that take characters back to their hometowns. There’s something romantic about coming home older and wiser, and making realizations that were buried beneath years of time.

While I grew to like Marisa, it took a bit. She is headstrong and sometimes a little hard to accept. I like that she has flaws though – and her growth is evident.

As the second book in the Texas Crossroads series, it still does a fine job of being a stand-alone. I don’t believe new readers to the series will get lost as they read, or question if they’re missing tidbits from the earlier installment. The story has a nice flow, and the romance is touching, but there are places that seem to drag a bit. The story makes a nice recovery though, and is satisfying overall.

If you devour stories dealing with love, trust, and forgiveness, with an extra helping of romance, you’ll find this book satiating.

4 Stars.

Cover: Like
Title: Like
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 368
Pace: Steady
First lines: It wasn’t the homecoming of her dreams. When she’d pictured this moment, Marisa St. George imagined herself riding in a shiny new Lexus. She’d be wearing a designer dress and sporting an impressive diamond on her left hand, while her tall, dark, and handsome husband smiled at her as if she were the most beautiful woman in the world.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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