Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Audiobook and Print ARC
Narrator: Traci Odom
Length: 10 hrs 28 min
No. of Pages: 384
Date of Publication: September 6, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
"Feel good fiction [is] at its finest" (Susan Wiggs) in this New York Times bestselling author's new series, where after years of putting her family first, Genevieve Prentice is making a fresh start—but it’s never easy to leave the past behind.
Widowed young, Genevieve Prentice dedicated her life to raising her four children. Now, though, they’re all grown and scattered to the wind, and Genevieve is ready for a change. In a flash of inspiration, she puts her home on the market and heads to Lake in the Clouds, Colorado, to renovate a rustic waterfront lodge with her sister. But just as they begin, Genevieve gets the shock of a lifetime: the arrival of her son.
Jake Prentice built a career out of being dependable, one that left him perennially stressed and overworked. Finally heeding his mother’s words of wisdom, he’s quit his job and is ready to find out what truly makes him happy. And now, as he stands surrounded by open sky and fresh, pine-scented air, he’s got no regrets . . . until former colleague Tess Crenshaw appears at the lake, forcing him to reassess what—and who—he really wants.
As they work together to renovate the lodge, Genevieve and Jake embark on a heartfelt and inspiring journey to learn about themselves, each other, and the true meaning of family.
In this lovely story by Emily March readers are treated to the first book in a new series. We meet Genevieve Prentice and her four adult children. As the story begins, it is about to be the Thanksgiving holiday and Genevieve discovers that her two sons will not be present. Not only does she then call the holiday off altogether, she has an epiphany and changes her life in a completely different direction.
Genevieve is not the only one that makes a change. In fact, her oldest son Jake finds his life is not going in the direction that is bringing him joy. In fact, a business decision has him doubting whether or not he is happy in his job and before long he ends up quitting his job and changing his life as well. Before Jake left his job, one of his responsibilities was to lay off quite a few employees, and this would include Tess Crenshaw. Jake has always been drawn to Tess, but because he was her boss's boss, he knew that they could not even act on any attraction they shared.
One of the things Genevieve does is she buys a property in Lake in the Clouds, Colorado. Jake soon shows up there, and Tess does as well, albeit separately. So the story gives us the perspective of each of these three characters, Genevieve, Jake and Tess.
As the story develops, one thing is made clear. No one is really happy in life right now. Genevieve has been a widow for two decades, and her role of matriarch has ended up making her unhappy, mostly due to the actions of her children. Not only do we see the direction that Genevieve goes in, we learn more of why Jake made such a drastic change in his life. Tess’s history is also part of the story that is developing especially now that she is being open to seeing where things are going with the shared attraction she has with Jake. Not only is this a very well-rounded story with characters that are easy to relate to, but it is the first book in a new series. I cannot wait to see more of the Prentice family and to see their stories develop.
Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Emily March is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the heartwarming Eternity Springs series. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.
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