on November 3rd 2015
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Daniel Garrett is no stranger to heartache or tragedy. Once a successful detective, his world fell apart with his son's murder and his wife's suicide. Leaving the police force, Daniel devotes his life to finding missing children, but when a case goes sour on the anniversary of his personal tragedy, he returns to Eternity Springs hoping for some of the town's fabled healing.
Shannon O'Toole isn't looking for romance. After her fiancé's death, she closed off her heart. But she can't deny the spark between her and a sexy stranger at a friend's wedding. Shannon has her own secrets and has no place in her life for a private detective, even one who moves her as much as Daniel. But when the pair are thrown together on a case, the magic of Eternity Springs just might give them a second chance.
¬¬Reviewed by Evelyn¬¬
HEARTSONG COTTAGE, the most recent novel in the Eternity Springs series by bestselling author Emily March, is a heartwarming tale of two people trying to find a new sense of normal after unthinkable tragedies in their lives have taken that away from them. They both turn to the small Colorado mountain town of Eternity Springs: one looking for comfort, the other looking for protection.
When circumstances beyond her control send Shannon into hiding, she chooses Eternity Springs. She quickly blends in with the town folk who accept her unconditionally, and she begins a new life doing various remodeling jobs around town. Daniel, a detective, is also drawn to Eternity Springs where he goes to celebrate life with a family whose kidnapped daughter he rescued. Daniel and Shannon are quickly drawn together, not only by their mutual need to put past hurts behind them and move on, but also by a developing mystery that could have serious ramifications for both of them.
The characters of Shannon and Daniel are very complex, vulnerable, and well-developed. I wondered at first if they were really well suited to help each other heal, but they weren’t doing it alone. They had the constant support of the people of Eternity Springs. The secondary characters add depth to the story, and the town of Eternity Springs is described with such clarity that it practically becomes a character on its own. The town is so realistic that, as a life-long Colorado resident, I often found myself trying to place the “real” Eternity Springs among the many small mountain towns with which I am so familiar.
This was not only my first visit to Eternity Springs, but it was also my first Emily March novel. Not only did I love the setting, the characters and the story, but I found it so refreshing to read a novel where the intimate details of a developing relationship are mostly left up to the imagination of the reader. I’m sure I will be back to visit both Ms. March and Eternity Springs many times in the future.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.