Series: Eternity Springs #11
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART.
Six years ago, Chase Timberlake bought an engagement ring for his high school sweetheart Lori Reese. Then ... life happened. Chase's adventure photography career took off, Lori's dream of getting into veterinary school came true, and their happily ever after never came to pass.
When Chase's jet-setting life takes a tragic turn, he returns to Eternity Springs a damaged man. Who better to help mend his spirit than the woman who has dedicated her life to healing broken wings? Long summer days spent together rekindles the love that never died and Chase dares to dream of a future he'd thought lost. But Lori can't help but wonder whether this high-flying man really wants a small-town girl with roots sunk deep into the Colorado Rockies. Can she and Chase turn back the hands of time and pick up where they left off -- and give forever a chance?
Reunion Pass is one of those reads that takes the heart on a long slow burn journey through the lives and love story belonging to Lori Reese and Chase Timberlake. This is the 11th book in the Eternity Springs series and the first by Emily March that I’ve read.┬á┬áThe story is remarkable, ┬áaccomplished┬áthrough a stellar plot and characters that embody the┬ávalues┬áof┬á growing up and living in a small community. Through a good part of Reunion Pass, we are in Chase’s head;┬á┬áhis life before and after a traumatic event that becomes┬áa catalyst for change.┬á Chase is┬áreshaped while┬áthe slightly complacent Lori is reminded what she lost and her ability take a chance.
Chase and Lori, hometown sweethearts, find themselves drifting apart. Lori finds herself at odds with the demands of college and a┬áboyfriend who’s planning o moving closer to her. While Chase┬áhas a chance meeting that┬áchanges his direction in life and gives him a career that┬áhe had no idea that he wanted. As they are falling in love and dealing with long impacting┬ádecisions on the work, they sadly lose their connection. Ambition seemingly trumps love, but mostly what comes between them is simply the denial of their feelings. ┬áFive plus years on, Chase is in a new relationship and about to marry,┬áwhile Lori has settled her vet practice back home in Eternity Springs, Colorado.
They’ve been in and out┬áothers life during┬áthis time┬áand somehow convinced themselves they’ve moved on, past each other.┬á┬áWhile there’s no bad blood or noticeable “outward” reaction to each other, my┬áheart┬áached┬áat the circumstances of their┬áseparation and what kept them apart. I was deeply affected by Lori’s heartache,┬áfeeling abandoned┬áand being faced with how Chase simply moved on.┬á┬áI’m very much a pie-in-the sky romantic and every interaction between Chase and Lori had me anticipating that moment, the one where they have an epiphany that they are┬átruly meant for each other.┬áWhen Chase finds himself back home after having experienced┬áa traumatic event,┬ámy hopes rose quickly.┬á┬áChase┬áfaces a┬álong┬ároad towards┬árecovery┬áand I love how March develops┬áthe story line to support this.┬á. The community of Eternity Springs couldn’t do more to┬ásupport Chase┬áand the relationship that┬áChase and Lori so clearly are meant for.
Again, this is a slow burn and second chance romance that completely┬ácaptivated me.┬á┬áI am┬áenamored with Emily’s writing; the┬áplot, the setting and the┬áfabulous group of secondary characters.┬á March does a wonderful job representing the┬áfamily and a community, sprinkling┬áthe story with colloquiums that make Reunion Pass┬áa fun read. I’m feeling very incented┬áto spend time with the residents of Eternity Springs which means I’m in for a summer┬áfilled with the┬áTimberlake’s , the Callahan’s, the Murphy’s and the incomparable Celeste Blessing
5 #Glitterbug Stars and Recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi