Review Woodrose Mountain by RaeAnne Thayne
Evie Blanchard was at the top of her field in the city of angels. But when an emotional year forces her to walk away from her job as a physical therapist, she moves from Los Angeles to Hope’s Crossing seeking a quieter life. So the last thing she needs is to get involved with the handsome, arrogant Brodie Thorne and his injured daughter, Taryn.
A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs…even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them. And despite her vow to keep an emotional distance, Evie can’t help but be moved by Taryn’s spirit, or Brodie’s determination to win her help—and her heart. With laughter, courage and more than a little help from the kindhearted people of Hope’s Crossing, Taryn may get the healing she deserves—and Evie and Brodie might just find a love they never knew could exist.
First, If you haven’t read Blackberry Summer (which I reviewed Here) you will be somewhat lost with Woodrose Mountain as it refrences many of the characters, plots and situations that were all an integral part of making Blackberry Summer great, cute and memorable. So understand that if you do not read BlackBerry Summer you will be lost.
With that being said, I believe that Ms. Thayne could have taken a more time to give more background to those that may not have read Blackberry summer and may be picking up Woodrose Mountain for the first of her books. The fact that there was SO MUCH that would have been better if the previous premises had been at least partially explained. Its throws you off having to recall plots from previous novels, but I digress.
Evie has had so much loss and tragedy in her life, she has cut herself off from all human emotional interaction. And she decides that she must move from LA to Hopes Crossing to have a chance at getting back to somewhere close to normal. Brodie, who as a character is a bit of a caricature, Olympic athlete, rich, obscenely good looking, etc, wants his daughter to be better. So he is determined to get the best possible care for her which includes moving Evie into their home. Which of course Evie is vehemently opposed to seeing that she just can’t abide by emotional connections and getting close to a sick kid, not on her list of approved emotional devises.
Nonetheless once they are all living together worlds collide and emotions get mushy and in the way and its a great and beautiful story about second chances and the ability to overcome heartbreaks, hardships and pain.
Overall Rating: C+