Author: Beth Ehemann
Series: Cranberry Inn #2
Release Date: March 20, 2014
Genre: New Adult
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Four years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.
Three months ago, I found something I haven’t had in years.
That hope came in the form of a sexy, carefree hockey player named Brody Murphy. He swooped in and won me over with his big heart and the way he cared for me…and my girls. When they look at him, they see the father they’ve never had.
Now, my past and present are colliding and the outcome might just be too much for me to bear. Can I make the right decision when I’ve spent my whole life making the wrong ones?
“Who’s Viper?” Lucy asked.
“Uh . . . Viper is one of my friends.” I chose my words carefully. No way could I ever accurately describe Viper to a six-year-old without scaring the hell out of her.
“Does he play hockey too?” Piper chimed in.
“Yep. He’s on my team.”
“Why did his mommy name him Viper?” Lucy scrunched up her nose in disapproval when she said his name.
“That’s not his real name, Baby, it’s just a nickname.” I laughed quickly. “His real name is Lawrence Finkle.”
Lucy and Piper shoveled their soup in their mouths, seemingly unaffected by what I’d just said. Kacie, on the other hand, stared at me with her mouth open.
“Viper’s real name is Lawrence Finkle?”
“You didn’t know that?” I cocked my head slightly to the side.
“No!” She gawked at me in disbelief. “That’s like . . . the nerdiest name ever!”
“Finkle Tinkle,” Lucy said to Piper before exploding in laughter.
Piper crossed her eyes and responded, “Finkle Tinkle Winkle.”
Lucy threw her head back and laughed so hard the vein in her neck popped out. A second later, Piper joined her, giggling hysterically.
I looked at Kacie and tilted my head toward the girls. “Easy crowd, huh?”
She didn’t even hear me. She was too busy staring down at the two laughing hyenas with that mommy glow all over her face. If anyone ever asked me to, it would be really hard to describe exactly what love looks like, but I got to witness it firsthand every time Kacie looked at her girls. The way she loved them made me love her more, if that was even possible.
“You are my future, Kacie. You’re my present and my future and if I could figure out a way to invent a damn time machine, you’d be my past.”
Someone remind me again why in the hell I waited so long to read these books? Oh my goodness! These books had every facet that has made the New Adult genre so popular all while being completely unique. Swoon-worthy guy? Check. Strong single mom? Check. Adorable kids? Check. Smokin sex scenes? Double check. Heart-warming moments? Infinity check! There honestly wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love about Cranberry Inn and all its inhabitants. Beth doesn’t know it yet, but I’ve already permanently rented a room there.
What overwhelmed me about her was that this outside superficial stuff was just that. It was an added bonus. What made Kacie truly special to me was inside of her. I loved her for the way she loved me. I loved her for the way she loved her girls. I loved her for the mother she would one day be to my kids, which were somewhere deep inside of her, waiting to be created.
Sometimes it’s hit or miss with debut authors. The language can be a little awkward, the story doesn’t flow, and the characters might not be relatable. That is so far the case from Ehemann, it’s on another planet! I cannot remember the last time I read a book with such ease, and I mean that in the best possible way. Beth’s books are like a well-prepared prime rib; you can slice through them like butter. I couldn’t even tell you which book I liked better; I think they were equally as good, and both captured my heart.
Our story picks up where the first book left off. Kacie’s past abruptly collides with her future and she is thrown for a loop. I am not completely sure I agree with how she handled that situation, but I understand why she handled it like she did. And really, until you are in that predicament, who can really say WHAT they would do? I loved that she seemed to come more into discovering who she was in this book. Her independence and fiery attitude all coupled with a tiny smidge of self-doubt and preservation are what made her such a relatable character. In this book I feel like she is more confident in her decisions and where this journey has taken her. It was a pleasure to watch the transition and see the growth within her.
Brody Brody Brody. Seriously…the man has no faults. Okay, I am sure he does, but everything else just seems to overshadow them. One of the things that stood out most to me with this series was how adamantly he fought for her and their relationship. While there were a few miscommunications, they were small in comparison to what I have seen in other books. That was so refreshing as one of my biggest pet peeves is reading about a couple who are separated purely by miscommunication. This was a book about adults, and as such they acted like adults, not teenagers. What they faced weren’t trivial issues; they were real life problems, things that we all deal with every day. Look around you; there’s a little piece of Kacie and Brody in us all. This book filled me with such hope and I am so glad I got the chance to get MORE!
As my past was taking a picture of my present, a calm wrapped its arms around me and I just knew things would be okay.
Four years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.I tried to pick up the pieces and glue them back together the best I knew how, but something was always missing.A father for my two girls.
But then, Brody Murphy landed on my doorstep, literally. He was a carefree, playful hockey player who barged into my life and messed with my head. He left me more confused than I had ever been.
What if the one thing I thought I needed was the only thing holding me back?