Home at Chestnut Creek (Chestnut Creek #2) by Laura Drake [arc review]
|Home at Chestnut Creek by Laura drake. Pic by @glimpses_of_my_books|
From an award-winning author who "writes real cowboys with heart and soul" (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes an unforgettable western romance about two strangers who learn that home is where the heart is. . .
First rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it's just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she's never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek Café looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she's built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn't yet convinced she deserves...
While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph "Fishing Eagle" King still feels like an outsider-no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada's biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it's clear she's not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she'll have to decide whether to keep running, or fight for what's hers.
The Review: 5 Stars
This was a lovely surprise. I have never read anything by Laura Drake but I certainly will now. The book had an amazing romance, the main characters had great personality and fantastic chemistry, the side characters were superb. It was a short little book that packed a punch.
Nevada is very closed off, a little rude, and prefers to be alone. Or at least that is what she wants everyone to thinks. After a while in Unforgiven she knows she has to leave but without wanting she has come to care for its people, one in particular.
Joseph has made mistakes in his past and is trying to atone for his sins. His feelings for Nevada make things complicated.
I loved how their flaws were not diminished or overly explained, that is just who they were. She liked him for who he was and the same the other way around.
The descriptions of the Navajo culture made for an interesting read. If they are accurate or not, I wouldn't be able to tell. What I can say is that it added a nice touch to the story.
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