Saturday, July 6, 2019

Review - Jackson by Emily March

by Emily March
Series: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas Trilogy, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2019

Sometimes it takes a new beginning
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.

to reach a happily-ever-after
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

Another wonderful book by Emily March that touches the heart and keeps the magic of a happy ever after alive.

I just loved how Jackson and Caroline’s story played out. These two both are dealing with pain from their past relationships – Jackson has been through a divorce which has left him with very few visitations with his daughter and Caroline is newly widowed – but they both are looking to begin the next chapter of their lives. I loved the connection that was made between Jackson and Caroline when they first met and how that was built upon once Caroline moves to Redemption. Their relationship progressed with such ease throughout the story, from wanting/thinking they were being casual to discovering just how important they had become to one another. And I loved watching Jackson get his music back…it was such a wonderful visual representation of Jackson beginning to heal from the pain that his past relationship caused him, especially when he had all but convinced himself that even hoping for his creative spark to ignite again was too much to ask for.
See that girl. Skinny skirt. Red lipstick and a string of real pearls.

Whoa. What the heck was that? Emotion stirred inside of him, something that felt a little too much like hope.

Hope? That he’d get his music back? At this point in his life why would he even care? What did it matter?

Maybe because you need something to get you through the next five months.

Getting his music back damn sure would be a gift, but Jackson wasn’t about to get his hopes up. As far as he could tell, hope’s only purpose was to set you up to get crushed.
One of my favorite aspects of this story was seeing how the author bridged her Eternity Springs world with this one. We still have Celeste and her magic, but also get to meet Angelica, Celeste’s cousin, and are treated to a fun cousin-rivalry and perhaps a bit of magic that Angelica brings to the table. We are also treated to catching up with some of the couples from the Eternity Springs world making an appearance.

This book can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone, but there is a lot of crossover from the author’s Eternity Springs series and I thought that added to the experience. Knowing who some of the characters were, especially Celeste and everything that comes with her character, definitely had me immediately drawn in to Jackson’s story. Again, I do think this can be read as a standalone, so keeping up is not a problem since the author always gives enough information and back story when needed.

Emily March has such a wonderful style of writing that is easy to read and conveys emotion without feeling too heavy. I love her use of symbolism in things like Caroline’s store being named “The Next Chapter”, the story taking place in a town named Redemption…which also has a road to Ruin (an old ghost town). And I loved how Enchanted Canyon truly became a place where “troubled souls come to find peace.”

I’ve yet to find an Emily March book that didn’t leave me happy at the end – another must read for everyone who loves a happy ever after!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the Publisher via NetGalley.

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