Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review - Love on a Spring Morning by Zoe York

Love on a Spring Morning
by Zoe York
Series: Pine Harbour, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Duplicity. Desire. Denial. They were doomed from the start.

Ryan Howard has zero interest in the movie being filmed in Pine Harbour or the high maintenance stars staying in the cottages at the end of his lane. He's just barely holding on to the raw remains of his life and the fantasy world being concocted around him is, as far as he's concerned, a complete waste of time and energy. The one bright light in his life is an intern on the set, Holly Cresinski, and their quiet conversations at the end of the day on his back porch.

Holly hates her life, too, which is entirely unfair because she’s blessed beyond measure. She’s at the top of her career--as film actress, Hope Creswell--and surrounded by people that mean well. But Ryan makes her laugh, and cry, and before she can find the words to explain her deception, he kisses her.

Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.
What a wonderful read! I was a bit unsure how this one was going to turn out knowing it was Ryan’s story and the heavy emotional baggage he was carrying along with the timing of things, but from their first meeting right through to the end, both Ryan and Holly had a realness to them that just made their love story work.

Holly is struggling to find some “realness” in her life, and in Ryan she gets just that…someone who doesn’t know she is a famous movie star, someone she can just be herself with, that sees her and not the movie star. Ryan is struggling with finding a new normal in his life and finding a way to begin moving past his grief and guilt from his wife’s death. In Holly he finds what he first considers an escape, but in reality is someone who allows him to find some peace in himself and begin reconciling his guilt and finding a way to move forward.

Even though I was angry at Ryan more than a few times for some of his actions and words, it was hard not to feel for him and understand what he was going through. Watching him cope with his grief and guilt as he tried to pick up the pieces of his life and create a new normal for himself and his three children was so emotional, and Zoe York did a wonderful job keeping things feeling real as he dealt with his feelings and emotions. I loved the inclusion of Faith, the coordinator of the grief support group, in this story. Her character added another dose of realness to the story – and I can’t wait to read more about her!

It was great getting to catch up a bit with some of the other characters we’ve already met in the first two books. There’s nothing like a small town filled with friends to offer not only support, but a dose of tough love when it’s needed. As I’ve said before, I just love this small town of Pine Harbour and can’t wait to discover more about its residents in the next book. This is one book and series I highly recommend to everyone!

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