Monday, June 17, 2013

My Review: Willowleaf Lane

About the Book:
Sometimes going back is the best way to start over.

Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation.To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspective, she's passing up sweet enticements left and right. But willpower doesn't come so easily when hell-raiser Spencer Gregory comes back to Hope's Crossing, bringing with him memories of broken promises and teen angst. A retired pro baseball player on the mend from injury-and a damaging scandal-he's interested in his own brand of reinvention.

Now everything about Spencer's new-and-improved lifestyle, from his mission to build a rehab facility for injured veterans to his clear devotion to his preteen daughter, Peyton, touches Charlotte's heart. Holding on to past hurt is her only protection against falling for him-again. But if she takes the risk, will she find in Spencer a hometown heartbreaker, or the hero she's always wanted?

My Comments:
I enjoyed paying another visit to the folks in Hope's Crossing.  This time the main characters are two young adults who grew up together.  His dad died when he was young; his mom was a drunk.  He worked three jobs in high school to keep food on the table.  Her dad "adopted" him and she used to help him with his homework, but she was the insecure fat girl so things never went further, even though she had a tremendous teenage crush on him.  Even though he's been part of a recent scandal, she's willing to give him the benefit of the doubt--but not her heart.  The more time he spends with her, the more he realized he wants her  heart.

The story touches on eating disorders, both compulsive overeating and anorexia, and how they are each in their own ways methods of self-comfort.

Like the other books in the series, this one contains one steamy scene that stops short of consummation.  Actually one thing I didn't like about this book is that Charlotte calls her virginity "inconvenient" and wishes that she'd had someone relieve her of it--but not in the sense that she wishes she'd had someone love her or even like her.

I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a complimentary review copy via NetGalley.  Grade:  B.

Reviews of Other Hope's Crossing Books:
Currant Creek Valley
Laurel Falls
Woodrose Mountain
Blackberry Summer

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