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A beautiful captivating tale of finding oneself and healing the past hurts. Romance was the added bonus. Author Ellyn Oaksmith captured my heart with the warmth of the story and the love that enveloped the characters into a cozy sheath.
Carmen had to quit her job and rush home to save her father’s vineyard. The bank and neighbor were eager to make an offer and foreclose it. It took all her inner strength to save the family property and livelihood. Support came from people close to her heart and love at the unlikeliest corner.
My first book by this author, I was blown away by the feel good energy of the book. Every word felt light and healing even when it dealt with difficult subjects. The writing bound me to it, bringing a joy at the beautiful description of the landscape. Each line was a vivid color painted on an empty canvas, and I could stand there admiring the glory of it. The story helped me escape my tough day.
Attraction interspersed with humor zinged between Carmen and neighbor Evan. But it was the bond between the sisters and farher which kept me gripped to my kindle. Their love made my heart soar. Family came first. ALWAYS. For me and for them.
A light hearted read was this. Completely fun and soothing.
I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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The Alvarez sisters have grown up and moved away—but now their father is in crisis, the family business is collapsing and it’s time to go home to Lake Chelan.
Carmen Alvarez is the reliable one. When her vulnerable father’s livelihood is threatened, she’s the person her sisters call. Abandoning her job in Seattle, Carmen races home to the family vineyard her dad built up from nothing to set things straight. But soon she’s fallen back in love with the dusty sage hills, the turquoise blue lake, the fragrant June orchards… Maybe she’s not just home for the summer?
Standing in the way of Carmen’s happiness is one very attractive obstacle: new neighbor Evan Hollister, who’s after her dad’s land. He’s arrogant, entitled and spoiled—everything Carmen hates—and she is all set to have a bit of fun driving him out of town so things can get back to normal. She isn’t ready for their relationship to get complicated…
But Evan is the least of Carmen’s worries. The business is falling apart and it starts to look like Carmen might lose much more than just her pride: employees have quit, the bank keeps calling and everything her father worked so hard for is slipping away. As she is pushed to breaking point, Carmen will learn that her true family are the people who will see her through the worst of times, and that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.
Publication Date: July 2020