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Transforming the old Caffey property into Hope Springs's new community arts center won't be easy for celebrated weaver Luna Meadows, but she sees it as a labor of love. The center will honor Sierra Caffey, the best friend Luna lost years ago in a car crash. But when Angelo Caffey - Sierra's older brother and Luna's first love - returns to his family's former home demanding answers, Luna must also face her long-buried feelings for him.
Angelo left Hope Springs - and Luna - eight years ago. Handsome and headstrong, he suspects the beautiful Luna harbors a secret about the accident. Yet despite his best efforts, he can't resist the heat that still simmers between them.
Will the untold truth shatter their future? Or could a new beginning lie within the tangled threads of their past? Part of the Hope Springs series, this charming romance follows two broken hearts on their long journey home.
I’ve been looking forward to this one since I read The Second Chance Cafe and first met Luna. She’s an interesting character and I knew her backstory would be interesting.
Luna is embarking on a new phase in her life where she is moving out on her own and starting a center to help those with artistic talents but that don’t have money to completely pursue them. She’s driven by the loss of her best friend which not only left her an emotional wreck but left her with major physical injuries to heal and recover from. Upon losing her friend it also meant that the relationship she was building in secret with Sierra’s older brother came crashing down and she was lost without her friend and her lover. The most devastating part of this is the secret she still carries regarding her friend and the weight of that secret has threatened to crush her more and more each day. I loved how much she wanted to keep her promise to her friend but when push finally came to shove I loved that she finally was able to get peace by giving those who needed the information to finally start to heal things that made it possible. She was placed in a horrible situation and I’m glad that she finally was able to unburden herself and start to truly live again. Of course I am happy that she finally was able to mend her relationship with the man she’d always loved and start to build something real and beautiful.
Angelo is a hurting mess when we first see him. He’s drawn to Luna like he always has been but is so hurt by the loss of his sister he can’t see straight. He constantly pushes Luna to try to get her to break and tell what she knows but finds himself opening up as he spends more and more time in his old house. He has a lot of open wounds about his childhood and past that Luna doesn’t know about but when he finally opens up and shows her the dark side of his family we get to see the man that Luna deserves. I didn’t like him at first but as he starts to really pay attention to what his treatment of the woman he kept hidden from his family actually did you start to see a man who has his heart in the right place. He’s very damaged and by working on cleaning out his old home he finally gets a chance to start healing and begin to live his life fully.
This is a hard story in so many ways but the message in this is – Things aren’t always as they seem but love is worth every single hurt you may have to deal with.
I’m thankful that Alison was willing to send me a copy of this early because I enjoyed the story very much. I am looking forward to the next one and any others she decides to write.