Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Promise by Robyn Carr


Oct 25, 2014  

Read in October, 2014

Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating scene is awkward. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options.

Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.

This is the 5th book to the Thunder Point Series. I enjoyed this book as well as the others. It involved real life situations which made it realistic. Peyton and Scott (the main characters) were able to help each other overcome their past relationships and eventually fall in love with one another. It was a very touching story.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods

Oct 06, 2014  

Read in October, 2014

Two families--bound by friendship-- devastated by secrets for ten years Emily Dobbs and Marcie Carter have been the closest of friends. They've raised their kids together, shared joy and heartache, exchanged neighborhood gossip over tea. But when Marcie's son, now a college freshman sports star, is arrested for date rape, the bond between the families could be shattered forever.

As the Carters try to deal with the unthinkable, Emily discovers her daughter has been hiding a terrible secret--a secret that threatens the futures of both families. Recently divorced, Emily struggles to keep it all together--to support her terrified daughter, to maintain her friendship with Evan's mother and to have faith in the detective who could change all of their lives.

When things seem darkest, both she and Marcie discover that sometimes the first step toward a better future is mending fences with the past.

My review:
I liked this book. First of all, I was familiar with the setting since my daughter lived in the area. So when I was reading the description of the setting, I could relate to it and say to myself, I know where that is.

This is an intense story that includes date rape, divorce, friendship, mental and verbal abuse to name just a few. The characters are strongly developed and you are made to feel like an observer in the room instead of a reader. Even the subject matter was tough to read about, it made me think of what I would do if I was in a similar situation. Thank goodness I never had to deal with them.