5.0 out of 5 starsI smell maple and love in the air
ByIonia FromentTOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 25, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Forgotten boxes? Yep. Forget this book? Nope. Really, I wasn't expecting this to be so awesome, but it was and I'm excited for the chance to talk about it. I hate romance novels for the most part. Too many years of both writing them and reading them and I have tired of the tropes and overused cliches, so I go into any book that mentions romance with trepidation, but this one is great.
This novel is part mystery, part romance, part--everything, really, but most of all, it a book that was clearly written from the heart by an author that cares about her audience and her work. I fell in love with the characters right away, and loved that the relationship between the two main characters progressed so quickly. Becki Willis did an excellent job of creating chemistry between them, and her descriptions of not only the people in the story, but the setting made this novel stand out. I felt like I was right there among those red-gold leaves, smelling maple syrup.
This book was emotionally touching and tender at times and at other times compelling and edge of your seat thrilling. If you are looking for something to read that will touch your heart and make you want more, then give this one a try.
This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
From the Author
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing -- and researching -- it.
I love to visit the New England area, particularly in the fall of the year when the colors and the air are so crisp and inviting. I am enchanted by the process of sugarmaking and the delicious simplicity of its products. A local sugarmaker was kind enough to educate me on the art and craft of creating maple syrup, and I shared some of that sweet magic in my story.
The real story, however, is in the boxes. The idea for this book blossomed when I saw a box alongside the highway. It appeared to be still intact, as if it had fallen off a delivery truck. What was inside that box? I wondered. What about the person who was expecting it? What would they think when it did not arrive? What if it that boxed contained something vitally important? Could one undelivered box change a person's life? I had to know the answers. If not for that particular box, then for the countless boxes floating around out there without an owner.
This is the story of four such boxes, undelivered and forgotten over time. When Charity Gannon discovers the parcels in her aunt's barn, she sets out to find their rightful owners. She thought it might be fun to see the people's reactions when she presented their delivery to them, some thirty years later. She thought it might be rewarding; not in a monetary sense, but on an emotional and conscientious level.
Come along as Charity delivers these Forgotten Boxes. Discover which one holds a love story, which one holds heartache. And see how something as simple as a botched delivery can alter a person's life forever.