Asking for forgiveness is the hardest part. She once trusted him with her heart…but will she ever trust him with the truth?
With only two weeks to renovate her family’s Colorado B and B, struggling single mom Addie Ricci can’t turn away help. Especially not when it’s her handsome high school sweetheart, Evan Hawke, who’s offering to pitch in. As they repair the B and B, Addie and Evan also begin rebuilding their relationship…until a secret from their past threatens to bring it all crashing down.
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Title: Her Hidden Hope
Author: Jill Lynn
Series: Colorado Grooms #4
Publisher: Love Inspired
Publisher: Love Inspired
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 224
Date of Publication: May 1, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
Addie Ricci is under a time constraint when it comes to renovating her family's B and B in Colorado. She is limited as to what help she can get, so when her high school sweetheart Evan Hawke agrees to lend a hand, Addie's heart is soon on the line. If not for a secret that could deter any promise of a future, Addie and Evan could possibly have another chance.
Both Addie and Evan had been dealt a bad hand in life, circumstances that have caused a lot of unhappiness. Addie has found her own happiness in a way, and that is with her young son Sawyer. However, something happened while they were teens and it is something she is more than reticent to share with Evan. With Evan, he suffered a truly painful loss as a teen. It took him a long time to recover but he has made a fine life for himself.
For Evan and Addie to be able to move forward together, the pair must be able to forgive themselves - and each other. With Sawyer along for the ride, it is an incredibly sweet journey. Her Hidden Hope is the fourth book in the Colorado Grooms series, but it was an easy read as a standalone. I am someone who enjoys series, and so when time permits, I would love to go back and read the prior stories, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Raising Honor, scheduled for release in July.
Many thanks to Love Inspired and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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Please enjoy the following excerpt:
Addie was straddling a fence between the fields of gratefulness and guilt, and she planned to hop down.
Yesterday afternoon, she and Evan had knocked out painting the cabinet bases and doors. It had gone so much faster and better with his help. Then this morning the coun-tertops had been delivered, and Evan had recruited his brother to help with the heavy lifting.
They’d needed him.
After Jace took off, they’d spent the day attaching the countertop to the cabinets, cut- ing it, filing, gluing. Through it all, Addie had been looking for the perfect opening to talk to Evan, to bring up the past.
She felt guilty as all get-out accepting his help without him knowing the truth. And if finding out made Evan take off and decide not to lend any more assistance, she could live with that.
She just couldn’t live with the lie anymore. Even if telling Evan about Eli was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do, she had to do it.
“I all done, Mommy. I all done.” Sawyer dropped to the kitchen floor, proficient in dramatics. He’d spent the day playing with Belay and cycling through various activi-ties Addie had suggested for him—dunk-ing in a toddler basketball hoop out on the porch, Play-Doh, stickers, coloring. He had also succumbed to a nap at one point though he’d fought that option valiantly.
Addie had used a baby gate to block off the porch steps, confining Sawyer to either that space or the house throughout the day, and amazingly, that’s where he’d stayed. Likely the props for that should go to Belay, Best Dog Ever and Toddler Whisperer Ex-traordinaire.
“Can you at least move yourself over to the booth by the breakfast nook?” Addie asked Sawyer. Not that that option was much better. It needed work too. But the kitchen floor was a mess. A definite con-struction zone.
He kicked his legs. “I don’t wanna. Don’t wanna, wanna, wanna.” Belay nosed around the lump of crabby boy, licking Sawyer’s knees that poked out of his shorts. Sawyer giggled but still didn’t perk back up. Was he sick? Tired?
Addie knelt and checked his forehead. It was clammy, but in a running-around-all-day-need-a-bath kind of way. Not in a sick way.
Her phone dinged from its perch on the breakfast-nook table, and Addie stepped over Sawyer to check it.
“I got another reservation for Old West- bend weekend!” She yelped, and Evan popped out from under the kitchen sink, which he was reinstalling.
“And they’re staying all week.” She did a happy dance, and Belay joined her, tail wagging, mouth grinning.
Evan laughed that low chuckle that did too many things to her insides before returning to his dark cave.
The reservation was a huge relief. A stress, too, because of what still needed to be done to the B & B, but like Evan had said, it would all work out. Somehow.
It had to.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jill Lynn pens stories filled with humor, faith and happily-ever-after. She’s an ACFW Carol Award-winning author and has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. An avid fan of thrift stores, summer and coffee, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children, who make her laugh on a daily basis. Connect with her at Jill-Lynn.com.