I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Hope Springs #2
Published by Montlake Publishing on March 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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In Hope Springs, Texas, every first love deserves a second chance.
Luna Meadows wove a successful career out of creating the sumptuous, richly hued scarves that adorn Hollywood’s elite. Now she wants to give back to her hometown of Hope Springs, Texas, by creating a community arts center on the property that once belonged to her best friend: a talented musician named Sierra who perished in a car crash at age eighteen. As Luna sorts through the personal belongings left in the Caffey family’s former home, she confronts her own guilt and memories. But when Angelo Caffey—Sierra’s brother and Luna’s first love—returns unexpectedly, Luna must also face the pain of their long-ago relationship.
Headstrong, handsome Angelo walked away from Hope Springs—and Luna—eight years ago. But this time, he’s staying until he gets his answers. Still haunted by Sierra’s mysterious accident, he demands to know the secrets Luna has harbored all these years. But will revealing the truth leave Luna heartbroken? Or can she finally bury the past and help Angelo come home for good?
You’ve probably all been in this situation: you are anticipating something great from a story or movie, and been left a little cold. But it’s part of a series. What do you do?
In the instance of Alison Kent’s Hope Springs series, I had that experience. I wanted to enjoy book one, The Second-Chance Cafe , more than I actually did. However, there was that little something, a secondary character who caught my eye and made me want to read her story. Now I have.
Beneath the Patchwork Moon, the first of this week’s Clearing the Backlog reviews, is that story. We met Luna in book 1, and I knew that somehow her story was one I wanted to read. I am very much glad that I did.
Here are my thoughts on Beneath the Patchwork Moon:
It’s a real joy when you are surprised by a book, and that happened for me with Beneath the Patchwork Moon. I had wanted to read it, but due to my difficult relationship with book 1, I was tempering my expectations a little. Blessedly, those expectations were exceeded. What I found was a sweet, emotional and often heart-wrenching tale.
The pain and sorrow that both Luna and Angelo feel, even ten years after the accident that took Sierra’s life, is still raw and obvious. However, it didn’t feel as if the sadness they felt overwhelmed the story – that battle between moving on and remembrance is integral to their journey as characters and as a couple.
I enjoyed that even though this was a story of first love reunited, there was no instalove – Luna and Angelo were obviously still attracted to each other, but they didn’t forget what had passed and dive right back into the sexytime river upon first sight. The story takes place over a relatively short period of time, and luckily their journey and resolution of the past doesn’t seem rushed.
There are many secrets floating around, and to mention them in this review would be doing the story a disservice – the way in which the secrets held are revealed is beautifully done. My heart just about broke for those they lost and those left behind to deal with the fallout.
I am very much looking forward to future stories from this series, and cannot wait to see what Ms Kent has in store for the ever mysterious Will Bowman.
Beneath the Patchwork Moon could happily stand alone, despite it being the second in the series. Despite my thoughts on the first story, I still think it would be worth reading it to get a sense for what is to come in this book.