Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.
Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.
Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.
When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.
“Pure Southern delight! Dorothy Love weaves a stirring romance . . . that uplifts and inspires the heart.” —Tamera Alexander, best-selling author of The Inheritance and A Lasting Impression
Love's Hickory Ridge series concludes with this novel, a finale that falls a bit flat. That's not to say readers won't stick with this tale set in post Civil War Tennessee that includes characters from Love's earlier books. This time Sophie Robillard Caldwell, adopted by the Caldwells in a previous novel, returns to Hickory Ridge to prove that an outcast raised in the orphanage can revive the town's defunct newspaper. Her first interview is with Ethan Heyward, manager of Blue Smoke, a luxury resort soon to open up the mountain. Sparks ensue, but both are burdened by mysteries in their pasts. Each faces a crisis when their pasts catch up, and threats to life and livelihood must be dealt with before they can think about building a present together. The trilogy ender is certainly a gift to readers, but less than perfect, with character motivations that fall short.