Published by St. Martin's Press Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes it takes a new beginning
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life…until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline’s new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who’s also starting over, all bets are off.
to reach a happily-ever-after
Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he’s been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love—he even has the old song lyrics to prove it—but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who’s moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption’s healing magic is true…and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?
Review: What a wonderful & sweet story of second chances. Jackson is the first book I read by Emily March, and it certainly will not be the last.
Jackson follows the story of two characters who haven’t have much luck when it comes to love. Caroline lost her husband to a terrible illness, she suffered the heart break of seeing the love of her life deteriorate slowly. She witnessed how his mind simply forgot who she was and while she tried to remain understanding and even accepting of her new situation her heart break was too deep and too raw. But with the heart break came the understanding that she had go on, even if it her hearts didn’t understand it.
It might’ve been destiny, it might’ve been a speck of luck, but Caroline finds herself moving on with her life and moving to a place where she never considered setting roots before. It is there where Caroline finds herself making new friends and meeting the man who slowly makes her heart beat again.
Jackson, as Caroline has had bad luck when it comes to love. After the breakup of his marriage, all he wanted was dedicate himself to his daughter, but unfortunately his ex-wife had other things in mind. As the relationship between Jackson and his ex-wife got worse, he knew it was a matter of time before he lost all access to his daughter, and when that end up happening everything came crashing down.
As the story developed, we saw how slowly Jackson & Caroline struggle with their reality but they found ways in which they could cope and in a way they moved on. For Caroline, doing something she loved meant being able to keep her emotions in check while also trying to live her life. For Jackson things didn’t improved either, things started to roll out of control but as things around him started to change Jackson too found himself doing things that not only occupied his mind but also gave him a purpose.
I enjoyed the story, Jackson & Caroline both suffered loss but they were able to find solace in the things they enjoyed as well on each other. While Jackson didn’t go back to making music as he once did, he found that working towards reviving something that might’ve been once considered impossible brought a sense of new beginning and in doing so he found himself feeling a certain level of connection with Caroline – their friendship blossomed slowly.
I will keep an eye for the next book in the series, I loved the writing and the pace of the story. These characters were fantastic and engaging. I enjoyed how the relationship between Jackson and Caroline developed, it was slowly but it was built on a strong foundation of understanding, appreciation, trust and love. I can’t wait for the next book.
Do I recommend this book? YES YES
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