Author: Linda Goodnight
384 pages, published February 23, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Romance
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Famous yet anonymous, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. Deeply ashamed of his past, his hunger for an honest relationship and dreams of starting a family remain unsatisfied, and he can trust no one with his secrets. He's determined to outrun his personal demons, but the charming old Peach Orchard Inn and a woman whose presence is as gentle as a sparrow's song stops him in his tracks.
Carrie Riley is afraid of everything from flying to thunderstorms, and pretty much of life itself. But meeting the enigmatic writer staying at the inn emboldens her to learn everything about him. When they discover a fragile boy hiding at the inn, Hayden is honor-bound to help Carrie protect him. Soon they're led to a centuries-old mystery that haunts Hayden's sleep, and his only safe haven is Carrie. As the secrets of the past and present force their lives to become entwined, all that's left to come to light is love—if the grim truth doesn't tear them apart first.
What a great read! I loved the author's writing style--the words flow effortlessly and make this book hard to put down. I love the blend of romance but still dealing with deeper life issues. The book had more depth than your typical romance. I loved the characters! Especially Carrie--maybe because she's a librarian! I also loved how the author blended the two time periods--the present and Hayden's Civil War era dreams--to connect the story together. It was very well done and flowed well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I haven't read the first book in the series (this is the second one) but reading this one on its own still made sense.
My rating: 3.5 stars
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Linda Goodnight is the winner of the RITA and other highly acclaimed awards for her emotional fiction. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher enjoys writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world. A country girl, she lives in Oklahoma.
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