The New York Times bestselling author of Spring Forward returns to Mystic Creek, Oregon, where an estranged pair are given a second chance.
As a camp cook, Vickie Brown loves feeding any size crowd in the great outdoors--with one notable exception. She never would have predicted she'd join the crew led by gruff cowboy Slade Wilder, the man who broke her heart just days before their wedding.
Life has gone on since Vickie left him, but Slade can admit his attraction to the one woman he's ever loved remains stronger than ever. If he wasn't in such desperate need of an experienced cook for his paying guests, he would send Vickie packing. He knows better than to seek out the company of the woman who broke off their engagement so many years ago.
Except there's no escaping each other in the confines of the wilderness area, especially once their anger begins to soften in the shared close quarters. But after Vickie finds the courage to confront Slade, it will take a leap of faith for them to put their past behind him, even if it's the only way to recapture their once-in-a-lifetime love.
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Wild and wonderful
I loved this book. Smoothly written, I fell in love all over again with Mystic Creek, Oregon. Connections between two families have a way in allowing more than one romance in the making to happen. It took a lot of courage and outrage for Vickie to return to where Slade still lives. Both are in their 60’s and have not seen each other in 40 years. Vickie needs answers and is determined to confront Slade to get them. Slade’s niece, Erin, is also a main character, and meeting Wyatt is a story of its own. I hope their story continues in the future. I laughed a lot from the antics of Four Toes, who is a bear. I enjoyed the thoughtful and well-written descriptions of the wildness and beauty of the area. A lot of turmoil happens in this story. Misunderstandings and blame get in the way. Yet the strength of the characters are remarkable on their own and make for a happily ever after ending. I look forward to more in this series. This can be read as a standalone.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It's not to often you get a love story about a couple in their 60's. There was the back story to how Slade and Vickie began when they were younger, what caused them to split up and then what brought them back together. I also enjoyed the part a bear cub played in the book. He had a starring role as one of the side characters. I do tend to enjoy books with animals as part of the story. As a side bonus, there was a start to a new relationship with Erin and Wyatt. It sounds like they will get to finish their journey in the next book maybe?