I rarely accept requests for book reviews, but when RaeAnne Thayne‘s publicist approached me about reviewing an ARC, I checked out the blurb and thought – this sounds pretty cool. Woodrose Mountain is a contemporary romance, available from Amazon (Kindle), Amazon UK (paperback), and Barnes and Noble (Nook).
Woodrose Mountain is the story about Evie and Brodie, who are brought together by a horrific accident that leaves Brodie’s teenage daughter, Taryn, in a wheelchair. Evie was once a physical therapist but left that world after her own tragedy – the loss of her adopted daughter, who was also severely disabled and who Evie ultimately couldn’t save. Evie moved away from her rush-rush life in L.A. to an idyllic little town in the mountains of Colorado, where she took up beading.
Brodie, on the other hand, is the self-made wealthy man in town who often puts the locals on edge because he owns half the town and caters land developments more towards tourists than the people of Hope’s Crossing. He’s got his own issues, from trying to manage his empire and teenage daughter, to his own learning disability and ADD, which have made him a rather rigid perfectionist.
The story is very much like the setting: charming and sweet. Evie and Brodie slowly learn to tolerate each other as they take care of Taryn. Respect turns to love over several weeks, as Brodie sees Evie’s selfless dedication to his daughter, and Evie realizes there is a caring, warm father in the man most believe to be a distant dictator. They start to work together and realize – hey, Evie/Brodie’s not that bad!
I could also relate to both characters: Evie, because I, too, left behind the big city to find peace, and Brodie, because I’m right there with him trying to grapple with the mental chaos of ADD. Brodie’s daughter, Taryn, is well-portrayed as the injured teen with a secret. I loved the character of Charles, who was willing to take the responsibility for the accident, even when it wasn’t entirely his fault.
All in all, this is a perfect book for Saturday afternoon reading. RaeAnne’s writing is descriptive and perfectly paced, and her characters are all thoughtfully created. I loved the descriptions of Hope’s Crossing, too, and the food. She makes me want to visit for myself for some blackberry pie.