A Soldier's Return/Her Secret Texas Valentine (The Women of Brambleberry House) Paperback
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I just felt like this one was written because it was part of a contract, rather than because it was a story the writer just HAD to tell us.
There were also some parts where I thought the editing had gone wrong - there’s a scene where the little girl asks Eli to join them fo0r pizza and then a page or two later asks the same thing, but as if she never asked it in the first place.
There is also the worst line I have EVER read in a Raeanne Thayne book, that made me groan and go “ew yuck” at the same time and it reads something like: “He gave the woman a polite smile, Melissa could swear she felt her ovaries melt.” I mean, just WTF? That’s supposed to mean she has the hots for him?
I always pre-order everything by this author, I won’t be doing that again I’m afraid.
Melissa knew him in high school, he was a scrawny kid she remembered but at the time she was dating her ex so she really didn't look at other guys. Her ex is a big surfer boy that has never really grown up. They get along for the sake of her daughter but he is creating small problems. When the new doctor walks in, he is not at all like the boy from high school. He has grown into his body and is now a gorgeous well developed male. She doesn't know that in high school he had a crush on her but she never looked at him. All these years and the crush is still there.
This story is about the renter on the first floor. It is an interesting entertaining read. I definitely recommend it. The next story is about the lady on the middle or second floor. This is a good love story. He is planning to return to his Army job and sign up for 4 more years. She lives on the Oregon coast. How can they make it work? Long distance just doesn't seem to work and she can't move her daughter to a war torn zone. Can they make it work?
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 5/12/2020
If you like a leisurely pace, an emotional tone, a character oriented storyline with no steam and vivid characters who make you cheer for them, then this is for you. You can read the first three Brambleberry House books, but they take place about 12 after before this. You still might want to to get the whole picture. Enjoy!
This book takes place about 10 years after the end of the previous book. That would have been nice to know from the very beginning but I'm sure it was difficult to work that into the story immediately.
There are three new women living in Brambleberry house too. I would have liked a little more backstory on how Rosa took over her Aunt Anna (book 3 of the series). I thought that either Anna or Sage would have ended up living in Brambleberry house with their family eventually, but obviously that couldn't happen because then we wouldn't have gotten three new stories!
After the first three books all being an enemies to lovers type trope, it was nice to have a friends to lovers trope. These books always move faster than I wish I they would because they're so short. The couple falls "deeply" in love after only knowing each other a week. Given, they don't declare love til after three weeks, but they stay away from each other as much as they can so it's not like they could get to know each other more during the two weeks they aren't really talking.
I enjoyed Eli's military backstory and found Melissa's backstory with her flakey ex also to be refreshing after the previous books having a lot of dead spouses. I'm glad Melissa actively worked to not fight with her ex. She stood her ground and did what what best for her and her daughter, but also did what she could to let her daughter have a relationship with her father.
There's no sex and no swearing in this book.
I was really delightfully surprised with the epilogue! I don't want to give away any spoilers, but if you haven't read any Haven Point books, you should read The Cottages on Silver Beach before Sonia's story comes out! I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all plays out!