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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Summer’s Hope by Amber Leigh Williams

A Summer’s Hope by Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Fennel

Briar has spent half her life upholding the family business. As another summer rolls around, it looks like her luck is running dry and she’s dangerously close to losing the only thing that matters, Hanna’s Inn, her late mother’s bed and breakfast. Amidst deep financial difficulty, a shaky relationship with her estranged father, and a non-existent social life, hope is all she has left.

Enter Cole, a new guest at Hanna’s. Fresh from the turmoil of a bitter divorce and haunted by his mistakes, he’s desperate for escape. In a matter of weeks he captures the lonely innkeeper’s heart and together they discover a passion as hot as the southern sun and as unstoppable as the bay tide.

Do they dare trust this wellspring of hope they’ve found in each other’s arms?

This is a wonderful book to read when you are looking for something to relax you. The pace is unhurried, and Amber Leigh Williams has a remarkable aptitude for description. I just love her lines ‘“They [the faeries] hide in the rocks until the rays hit the water. Then they dance.” ’ I did have some issue with her descriptions: What is a ‘waterside Tara’? This piece of description information was lost on me, because I didn’t know what it was, but it sure caught my imagination!

Self-contained Briar Browning is determined to hold onto the only home she knows. Hanna’s Inn. But it’s becoming increasingly hard.

Cole Savitt is running from his past, from his demons, his job, and his ex wife who is using their son as a pawn in a bitter struggle to inflict as much pain on Cole as she can.

While I very much enjoyed reading this story, sometimes the author's descriptive talents interrupt the pace of the action as her two diverse characters struggle to control their growing attraction to each other. Briar’s friends don’t help as they enthusiastically encourage her to seize the day.

Pacing issues aside, this is a charming story, with delightful characters that catch the readers’ attention and compassion. You would do well to give it a try.

1 comment:

Amber Leigh Williams said...

Thanks for the review, Fennel!

BTW, 'waterside Tara' is referring to Scarlet O'Hara's beloved plantation home in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Being a southern, girl I just assumed everyone else would know what Tara is :)