Saturday, February 7, 2015

Finding Hope

The small mountain town of Nugget, California, is way off the beaten path. But somehow it helps the lost and lonely find a new beginning in life-and in love...

One solitary day at a time is the only way cookbook writer Emily Mathews can restart her life-and cope with consuming loss. Still, the former city girl is finding all kinds of odd inspiration and advice from Nugget's proudly eccentric residents on everything from new recipes to opening her heart again. Especially when it comes to her rugged rancher landlord ...

His no-drama new tenant is the first break Clay McCreedy has had in a long time. He's got his hands full enough dealing with his wife's scandalous death and his sons' unresolved grief. Clay can't help but be drawn to Emily's quiet understanding and strength. When their fragile trust turns into passionate healing, he longs for much more. And when both their pasts come calling, he's determined not to walk away...

Beautiful story of finding peace and hope admits the most horrendous of circumstances, makes this book a must read for all. Emily's story is touching. I think any mother in her circumstances would feel the same way. Loosing a child is always heartwarming, but when you feel you are the reason your child is gone...well I cannot imagine that guilt and pain and hope I never have too. All is not lost for Emily though. She has a deep desire to rebuild and start new. She wants to reclaim her life, but cannot seem to stop running from her own guilt and despair. That is until she meets the McCreedy boys. 

I have to say I really did not like Clay McCreedy. He came off as an arrogant, chauvinistic, womanizer to me. Even up to the last few chapters I wanted hit the guy. Yes, he is warm, caring, thoughtful, a war hero and good looking, but honestly to me it did not make up for his internal monologue. Don't get me wrong here Clay has been through the ringer. His wife has just passed away after a messy marriage. He barely knows is two sons who are still grieving for the life they had, their mother, and now this new world they do not know. And now he has Emily living in his barn to help a friend out. Emily who he thinks little of simply because she is not built like a vixen or barbie doll, which is internal monologue is constantly talking about. This guy drove me nuts. 

That being said, the plot, character development, secondary characters, are wonderful. The author does a great job of really transporting you into the lives of each character and really builds the scene for us to enjoy. Plus, the end was deeply moving and I won't say more than that. :)


Stacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. Her first book, GOING HOME (Kensington), is due out October 13, 2014, and is part of her Nugget romance series about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over--and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love. Look for her second book, FINDING HOPE, in 2015. Visit her website
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