Zoe Collins vowed never to return to Copper Creek again or have anything to do with the man who broke her heart. All that changes when she unexpectedly inherits her Granny’s peach farm. She loved Granny but there is no way she can keep the orchard. She returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle to sell the orchard and be on their way. Everyone is shocked because they believe running is orchard is something she’s meant to do. Being back there again begins to stir up long buried memories, both painful and good. Cruz Huntley has never stopped loving Zoe even with all that happened between them. But she was the little sister of his best friend Brady, so it was not a good situation. Now they’re all grown up but so much stands between them. The more they find themselves together working on the orchard the more old feelings begin to rise to the surface. When Zoe makes a decision that Kyle isn’t happy with his true colors are revealed and Cruz is there to help. Will Zoe and Cruz get a second chance at love or will it be ruined when Zoe reveals a truth she’s kept hidden?
Another outstanding story by Denise Hunter. I appreciate the way this author always pens true-to-life characters complete with flaws. After-all, we’ve all got them. Blue Ride Sunrise is an honest look at returning home and trying to fix wrongs. The book deals with pre-marital sex, secret pregnancy and abuse. But as always, it is handled with truth and grace. It shows the feelings and ramifications of decisions made. You’ll find yourself caught up in the drama all the while getting to know the town and people; some of whom you’ve met before in the first book, Sweet Briar Cottage. To me, the faith element was well done. Good Christian people fail, make bad decisions and fall into sin but hope is always on the horizon. You learn the history between Zoe and Cruz throughout the story as flashbacks which were well done and easy to follow. So the story, though full of drama, is an encouraging one and one I would recommend. You could read this as a stand alone but there is some history you would miss reading them out of order. I am now looking forward to Honeysuckle Dreams.
*This complimentary copy was provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for honest review*
Some favorite moments:
Cruz had been coming around for a couple years, hanging out with her brother. He was so handsome, with his beautiful skin and guarded brown eyes. Just looking at him put butterflies in her stomach.
“I can’t believe how far I’ve fallen. I’ve completely lost my way, Hope.” “Well, lucky for you, God specializes in recovery of the lost.”
“I need you,” she whispered… “I need you too, me leona.” Her gaze raked over his face. “What does that mean?” Heat suffused his neck at the admission. “My lioness.” Her mouth turned up just before he brushed her lips in a slow, sweet kiss.
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