Here’s another one that I really enjoyed reading and that is showing some great reviews. Check out Amazon & Goodreads if you don’t believe me 🙂
by Kim Law
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
July 28, 2015
Paperback & Kindle
After her mother’s tragic death, Dani Wilde had no choice but to abandon her dreams. She left Columbia University and returned to her family’s Montana cherry farm, intent on being a maternal figure to her brothers. Now the kids are grown, and it’s finally her time to fly. Her sights are on New York City, and nothing will stop her—not even an old flame with gorgeous green eyes.
Celebrity photographer Ben Denton hasn’t seen Montana in years—and hasn’t spoken to Dani since “that night” so long ago. When he discovers he’s a dad to a four-year-old—and the child’s mother refuses to care for her—Montana and the Wilde farm spring to mind. The orchard is the only place that’s ever felt like home, but will the warmth of the Wilde family be enough to help Ben figure out how to be a father?
As the Wilde family gathers for the yearly cherry harvest and Dani struggles to figure out what she really wants in life, she discovers the shocking truth about her own mother—and learns that following her heart may lead her to her dreams after all.
Montana Cherries reminded me a little of a Robyn Carr book (and if you have been around for a while you know how much I LOVE those). There is so much more going on here than just the romance between Dani and Ben, which would be great on its own. There are also family issues (on both sides), plus a few hard-hitting secrets. Both Dani and Ben have to learn where they belong, how they fit into their families and some interesting truths about themselves & those around them.
(I’m going to have to give a little bit of a spoiler because Dani’s whole storyline is impacted by it. So if you don’t want to know skip past this paragraph 🙂 ) Dani and her brothers were seriously jacked up by her mom, although Dani has blocked it out for years. You go thru the first half of the book thinking that her mom was wonderful and then you get quite a shocker. This leads to a lot of soul-searching and therapy for her to understand how her mom has controlled her life and her decisions ever since … and how it has impacted her family. It is devastating but I was thrilled that Law had her get professional help. In her Acknowledgments she talks about how this process had to be shortened for the book and I really appreciate her comments about the issues & why she had to handle it the say she did. It shows a nice understanding about how devastating something like this truly can be.
I will say I was a little surprised by Ben about 2/3 of the way thru. Up to that point he’d shown an amazing understanding of Dani’s needs and had been wonderfully supportive. But then his ego and heart get a little damaged and he seemed to forget all of that. Once he gets over himself though it does help get us to an ending that is just too darn sweet for words.
Dani has some brothers that will likely have stories of their own which will be just as full of emotional issues as this one and I can’t wait to see where Law takes them. If she continues to display the same thoughtfulness with them as she did with Dani, they are going to have quite the rollercoaster ride.
As a child, award-winning author Kim Law cultivated a love for chocolate, anything purple, and creative writing. She penned her debut work, “The Gigantic Talking Raisin,” in the sixth grade and got hooked on the delights of creating stories. Before settling into the writing life, however, she earned a college degree in mathematics and then worked as a computer programmer. Now she’s living out her lifelong dream of writing romance novels. She’s won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, has been a finalist for the prestigious RWA RITA Award, and has served in varied positions for her local RWA chapter. A native of Kentucky, Kim lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in Middle Tennessee.
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