Sweet Laurel Falls-RaeAnne Thayne

Sweet Laurel Falls

RaeAnne Thayne

Harlequin HQN, Sep 25 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373776702


In Hope’s Crossing, Colorado, intoxicated teens crash while fleeing a police siren.  Maura McKnight-Parker‘s daughter Layla died in the crash (see Blackberry Summer). 


Still grieving her loss, Maura is shocked when her oldest daughter Sage returns to Hope’s Crossing accompanied by her biological father Jackson Lange who until recently was unaware he sired an offspring with the woman he left behind two decades ago.  Jackson has plenty of fences to mend with his loved ones.  His first goal is to connect with Sage.  His second objective is to come to grips with the fact that he still loves Maura but knows helping her cope with her loss supersedes his desires.  Finally he must decide whether to reconcile or not to reconcile with his father who betrayed him all those years ago.  As the extended family bonds, Sage’s secret could shatter the healing.


The latest Hope’s Crossing contemporary drama (see Woodrose Mountain) is an engaging tale that continues to look at the emotional impact of the car accident on all the townsfolk.  The second chance romance enhances the prime tale of redemption (perhaps too much as the cast faces issues that occurred years before the recent tragedy).  Still fans will enjoy this warm story of love healing.


Harriet Klausner


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