Wow! I loved this story! It is full of lost love and “what-ifs” at the beginning and by the end, of course, there is a wonderful happily-ever-after. But it is that in-between part of the story that really made me love this book.
I think it was the way the author was able to make me really hurt for these two characters, Iris and Cal, that enabled me to feel such a connection to them. How they ended up separated five years earlier is very important and it does get dealt with in the book. But, also of importance is what has happened in between. Iris is back in the small town she and Cal met in. She isn’t off pursuing a dream of being a part of a ballet company in New York.
Cal is finally back, as well, and he is not alone. He has some very sweet new family members – his sons. Iris can’t help but love these little guys, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t hurt by the fact that Cal obviously moved on in his life with someone else.
The attraction between these two is wonderful, as is sweet Iris’ heart. Cal had some things to figure out and he carried a lot of baggage from his youth, but he was definitely a wonderful hero in this book. Watching things unfold between the two of them was so enjoyable and there is just so much to this story that I could go on and on…
I loved the story from start to finish and definitely recommend this heartfelt romance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Redbud Press in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Iris Tatum hasn’t seen her high school sweetheart Callum Stewart since he left years ago without a single word. Then she witnesses an horrific hit-and-run accident, and comes face to face with her past–and Cal’s triplets. A volunteer paramedic, Iris can’t walk away. No matter how much she wants to.
Bull rider Callum Stewart was run out of town at age twenty and vowed never to return. Only one thing could bring him back: building a future for his sons. Now, thanks to the accident that left him with a broken leg—he needs help to care for his boys. He has no choice but to accept Iris’s grudging help.
As they rediscover a friendship–and the sparks that never faded between them–Callum’s secrets are brought back with a vengeance. How can they keep the past from destroying their future?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
At a young age, Lacy Williams began imagining alternate endings for her favorite cartoon shows. She soon followed that with a newspaper for the neighborhood kids—”published” on a dot matrix printer!—and notebooks full of stories written in longhand. In high school she took a correspondence course and experienced an editor’s red pen for the first time. Thankfully, her passion for writing was strong enough to survive the experience.
Lacy, her husband and her two young children live in Oklahoma, where they enjoy taking their three Cavalier King Charles spaniels to the park. One of the dogs (Mr. Bingley—named after Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice character) is a registered Therapy Dog and Lacy volunteers with him at local libraries in their Kids Reading to Dogs program to help promote literacy in kids.
Lacy adores reading almost as much as writing, and usually reads the end of the book first. She promises readers happily-ever-afters guaranteed. Lacy’s debut novel won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ prestigious Genesis Award before being published. As an active ACFW member, she attends conferences and mentors new writers.