The first I have read from Emily March, Heartsong Cottage is the latest installment in her Eternity Springs series, although it reads well on it’s own. Don’t be fooled by the cover, this is a bit more intense than a typical Christmas read, although I did enjoy the mix of romance and intrigue within the pages.
The first I have read by this author or of this series, I found this book read nicely without great holes. Well written and reasonably paced, the story moves between Daniel and Shannon, sharing their wounds, sharing with one another and learning to work together.
A bit old school country music to the story – there were so many elements added to build empathy for and a connection to the characters that I found rather superfluous. It’s fine to have some tragedy –but when things just pile on one after the other, I tend to see that character as pitiful, not particularly engaging. While dancing on this edge, March did pull back on the pity party when she showed Shannon and Daniel and their connection with the growth of esteem and love between them.
There were several moments that danced over the edge of believability for me, but those quickly were offset with sweeter moments of sharing memories and characters that are (I expect) familiar to readers of the series. Dialogue in this is wonderfully crafted and realistic, and that goes a long way to upping the enjoyment factor. I was a smidge disappointed in that the Christmas-y moments and seasonal elements I expected were late comers to the party, it did lighten the story somewhat, after a rather angsty read.
While the first I have read from this author, it won’t be the last. I enjoyed her writing style and flow if not always where the story led, but I’m going to take a chance and grab a couple of other titles to see what shakes out.
Title: Heartsong Cottage
Author: Emily March
Series: Eternity Springs #10
Also in this series: Reunion Pass, A Stardance Summer, The First Kiss of Spring
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 3 November 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 41 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.