Series: A Honey Ridge Novel
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (February 23, 2016)
New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight welcomes you back home to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, with another beautiful story full of hope, haunting mystery and the power to win your heart
Renowned yet private, thriller writer Hayden Winters lives a life colored by lies. As he is 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 vulnerable boy hiding at the inn, Hayden is compelled 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 cause 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.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, it was a light, quick read filled with Southern charm.
The story is centered around a thriller writer and a librarian, both trying to get over certain things in their lives, and both trying to move on and not really wanting to be involved with anyone.
Hayden has come to the Inn to spend a few months in seclusion to write his next book. Carrie had a pretty bad breakup after falling in love with a married man, which she had no idea was married, and is now the town librarian just trying to move on with her life.
They first cross paths at the library and seem to connect over a little boy who apparently as been abandoned by his drunk father.
As always, the story takes some twists and turns, the two forge a much deeper connection. In the middle of all this, Hayden is having nightmares about the Civil War era. We get a bit of history, we get a romantic connection, and human relations and a the Southern charm that we all adore.
Overall, a sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed.