- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (Feb. 15 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345518349
- ISBN-13: 978-0345518347
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Angel's Rest: An Eternity Springs Novel Mass Market Paperback – Feb 15 2011
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“A heartfelt story of family, community, second chances, and the power of love . . . Don’t miss it!”—Susan Wiggs
“Emily March’s stories are heart-wrenching and soul-satisfying. For a wonderful read, don’t miss a visit to Eternity Springs.”—Lisa Kleypas
About the Author
Emily March is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty novels under the name Geralyn Dawson. A graduate of Texas A&M University, March is an avid fan of Aggie sports, and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgaiting legend. She lives in Texas with her husband and their beloved boxer, Doc, who tolerates a revolving doggie door of rescue foster dogs sharing his kingdom until they find their forever homes.See all Product description
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March has created characters who instantly draw you in. Gabe’s tragic past broke my heart. At the same time his winning and giving personality made him someone that I genuinely wanted to see overcome it. Gabe made a miraculous recovery, but I guess that's the point. It's a miracle from an Angel. It also wasn’t all at once. His gradual healing was, and still is, an ongoing process. Nic was an intriguing heroine for this tale. The clashing of her beliefs and desires create situations that there’s no easy way out of. At the same time, her genuine goodness shines through. I also appreciated how well developed the supporting characters were. Their lives wind their way throughout the tale, introducing readers to the entire town, rather than simply the main characters.
This is a small town romance that’s worth its weight in gold, or silver, as the case may be.
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The first piece of disappointment is that this story uses a few sentences/paragraphs to explain John/Gabriel's time as prisoner of terrorist group. It does not reconcile the brother with his family who have been mourning his death. It does not give a satisfactory explanation of why staying dead to his family was a necessary charade to maintain for 10 years or so.
Secondly, the story followed similar lines as the last book in Callahan brother trilogy (Mark), where the hero suffers through the tragic death of his wife and a child and has to get over his past to make a life with the heroin of the book. So a lot if the emotional angst I read made the conflict feel the same as what I read in Mark.
Lastly, I had a few issues with the heroine, Nic. Gabriel and Nic end up getting married for the wrong reasons (before Gabe heals from his tragic past) because Nic gets pregnant. While I empathize with her feelings, her actions/reactions also made me wonder why people take the marital wows to "be together in sickness and health and through joy and sorrow" if they are only going to say your past and your demons are your concern and I don't want to deal with them.
Overall, I wasn't a fan of this story.
Nicole: local vet, divorced, working her butt off in the small town she grew up in and the only place that she feels safe.
Gabe: widower, self contained man grieving for the loss of his wife and son, landscape designer.
Celeste: owner of Cavanaugh house / Angle's Rest retreat, spiritual (possible angel)
Sarah: Nic's best friend, single mom of Lori
Sage: Artist, friend
Colt Raferty: Wood working artist, Sage's competition/enemy
Zack: town cop
Jack Davenport: owner of Eagle's Way (fancy over the top home secluded on Murphy Mountain)
Allie Timberlake: decendant of Cavanaugh family, mother of 3 (Chase is only son we see in this book)
Coach Romano: Hot college basketball coach that all the ladies drool over - (note bus/18 wheeler crash scene - may be important in later book)
this book tells a very heart wrenching story. Gabe meets Nic when he rescues a stray dog (after the dog rescues him) from a trap set in the woods. Nicole fixes up the puppy and gives him to a good home (Celeste's home). The dog, Tiger, always seems to find his way back to Gabe. Gabe is deeply grieving the loss of his family. Celeste hires Gabe to help her rebuild her home after it caught fire one night into a spa/retreat in order to help save the town from economic failure. On Christmas Eve, Nicole visits Gabe to invite him to church services on Christmas Day and things go too far. Gabe freaks, leaves town for a few (8) weeks. When he comes home to face the music, he discovers things he deeply regrets. He is given many chances to prove himself to be the man he is, but he always seems to fall short. Nicole has to make decisions for herself and her safety which means leaving Gabe. That is the wake up call he needs and now he wants to prove himself to Nicole and himself.
After a painful divorce, Nicola Sullivan, Eternity Springs' beloved veterinarian, has returned to the small Colorado town where she grew up. Still wary of cheating men, she admits to being lonely but fills her days with cases both four and two-legged. She loves her work, but jars of preserves and other foodstuffs from needy clients in the depressed community hardly pay her expenses. When loner Gabe comes to the clinic with an injured boxer he had to extricate from a bear trap, she finds him wary and attractive. Claiming he doesn't own the dog and doesn't want him, he generously pays for his care. The boxer, however, has other plans. He gravitates to Gabe like a bear to honey.
Eternity Springs is a special town, and Nic and her friends try desperately to breathe life into the dying town. Nic finds Gabe's reluctance to assimilate or to acknowledge his attraction to her disturbing. Celeste, owner of the famous Cavanaugh house discovers Gabe is a landscape architect, and she comes up with a plan that will help the community and the reclusive Gabe.
Things go awry when Nic comes to visit Gabe on Christmas eve, a heartbreaking time of year for both of them. When an unexpected alcohol-induced passion leaves Nic pregnant, the still-grieving Gabe can't exorcize the ghosts of his dead wife and son to allow himself a fresh start with Nic.
This is a touching and emotional story of loss and redemption, made strong by March's vivid prose and her ability to plumb the depth of human emotion. Readers will hurt for Gabe, root for Nic, and delight in the specialness of a small community that seems touched by angels. I loved the spirit of community, the solid friendships between Nic and her friends and the symbolism of Eternity Springs. We all might need an Eternity Springs in our lives. Ms. March has penned a stunning debut to this series. Can't wait to begin Hummingbird lake, book 2 in the series. My score for Angels Rest: 4.5