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A Reason to Love (A Snowberry Creek Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2014
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About the Author
A lifelong avid reader, Alexis loves spending her days creating worlds filled with sexy warriors and the strong women who love them. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre. She is the author of the Snowberry Creek novels, including A Time for Home and More Than a Touch, the Warriors of the Mist novels, including My Lady Mage and Her Knight's Quest, and numerous paranormal romance novels.
- ASIN : 0451417739
- Publisher : Berkley (May 6, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780451417732
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451417732
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story opens on the wedding day for Nick and Callie. Melanie, one of Callie’s closest friends since high school, is dealing with the personal tragedy of her father’s death, leaving her with a mother that can’t cope and has left Melanie to run the family’s business and deal with the financial disaster her father’s death has left both family and business . On the way to the wedding, Melanie stops by her father’s grave, and nearly faints when she sees the last person she ever expected to see – Spencer. Not a ghost, turns out instead of dying in Afghanistan, Spencer was taken prisoner and held for months. After being rescued and hospitalized for months, Spencer has come home seeking what it means to be ‘normal’ again. (I feel the story falls somewhat on this point, because I can’t understand why Spencer never tried to contact Callie – his best friend – during any of the time after he was rescued and while he was recovering in the hospital, and again not after he was released and before he arrived in Snowberry Creek. Spencer had been led to believe by his captives that Nick and Leif had died in the explosion where he was taken, so I can understand that he doesn’t think they are around to contact, but I would have thought Callie would have been the first phone call he made when capable of doing so.)
Mel and Spencer go together to the wedding. Spencer reacts badly. He feels shocked and betrayed. He’s just discovered that no one knew he was alive, saw his own grave, found the two friends he thought died in Afghanistan are alive and staying in his hometown, his best friend is marrying the girl he himself thought to someday marry, and his home is being turned into a bed-and-breakfast inn. All of this while still dealing with the trauma of being a former POW. At least Mooch recognizes him and gives him immediate love and welcome. The story follows Spencer – as he tries to rebuild his life and identity, reunite with friends that he has lost, discover that family isn’t always related, deal with unexpected feelings he has for Melanie, and decide what to do next with his life – and Melanie as she tries to save the family business and deal with her own loss as she also decides what to do next, especially about the relationship growing between herself and Spencer.
These are not my usual type of read, as these are contemporary romances without any elements of paranormal, science fiction, or fantasy – simply what I would call ‘down-home modern love stories’. I decided to give this series a try since I absolutely LOVE Morgan’s other series. This is a decision I do not regret! I can’t think of the last time a series touched my heart this deeply. It’s partly the story and partly how well Morgan writes. Having grown up in a small town myself, I can relate to the environs of Snowberry Creek, and the writing makes me feel like I’ve gone home. The major characters are so well developed that they feel like people I know or want to know. Secondary characters have just the right amount of ‘page time’ to become ‘real’ without taking over the story. Not a lot of physical action as in many of the stories I typically read, but excellent emotionally. And yes, I cried at the end of this novel – showing what a great job Morgan did of tugging on my heartstrings. Definitely a series I will reread many times.
I didn’t rate A Reason to Love 5 stars simply because I can’t understand why Spencer didn’t let Callie know he was alive sooner or why Nick, Leif, and Callie didn’t do more to get Spencer to open up to them sooner. I know they have their own issues, but if my best friend that I thought was dead suddenly showed up alive, I’d be camping at his door to find out what the heck happened and be sure he knew how happy I was to see him. (At least Mooch reacted correctly.)
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Since I had not read any of the prior books in this series, the characters, and their relationships, were confusing. I also felt there was not enough depth to either the characters, or the plot. Probably will not read another book In this series and would not recommend it to another