Guest Review: Larkspur Road by Jill Gregory

Posted May 24, 2012 by Jen in 4.5 stars, Contemporary Romance, Guest Review, Rating A Tags: , , ,

Please welcome Angela, who brings you today’s Guest Review of… 
Larkspur Road
Author: Jill Gregory 
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Berkeley Sensation
Lonesome Way #2
ISBN: #978-0425250891
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): Paperback (304 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Fifth grade teacher Mia Quinn expected a tranquil summer in her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, sewing for her quilting group’s exhibition fundraiser and caring for her rescued dog, Samson. But all her plans for a relaxing break are thrown out the window when Travis Tanner—the boy who broke her heart in high school—returns to town with his ten year old adopted step-son.
A former FBI agent, the boy Mia once knew is now well over six feet of male muscle—and he still has the power to make Mia lose her train of thought with just a glance. When Travis asks her to tutor his troubled son, Mia quickly discovers that the sparks between them are hotter than ever. As danger comes to Lonesome Way and family secrets come to light, will Travis and Mia realize that love can be even better the second time around?
What Angs talking about:
I had some concerns going into this novel, the first being that it was part of a series.  Despite having read the first book in the series, Sage Creek, I was worried that I would be distracted or worse yet, frustrated trying to remember enough details from the last book to make sense of this one. Fortunately, neither proved to be an issue.  Although both novels are connected by place and characters, Gregory does a wonderful job of giving us just enough back ground that if you have not read Sage Creek, you won’t be lost. In fact, if I hadn’t known and already read the first novel, I still would have enjoyed this one and in my opinion, so will any other reader.
Larkspur Road is a delightful distraction and perfect read as we come into summer. It is a fantastic fit for your beach or pool bag with just enough meat that you will want to continue to the end. When I first sat down and opened the book, I was concerned there wouldn’t be enough story to carry it the full length of the book. I mean how much can happen when we are told at the outset about the history between Mia and Travis and the level of pinning both have been doing for the other? On some level we know they will have to get together, no one pines for their high school sweetheart for that many years in a romance novel and doesn’t get together in the end.  The mechanism to allow them to get together comes far too easily in Travis’s ten year old son, Grady, needs a tutor, so again how much story can there be?  But Gregory surprised me again here by making Travis and Mia’s love story the back drop for a variety of other things going on in Lonesome Way, Montana. By taking the focus off the love story she weaves us two stories: one of forgiveness and redemption in the story of great Aunt Winny and her sister, Mia’s grandma, Alicia and two, the coming of age story where Mia’s teenage niece, Sam learns to trust those that love her even with difficult and scary information.  Both beautifully mimic the same themes going on between Travis and Mia. There are just enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages, but not so many that you can’t keep the story lines straight.  All add to the main love story between Mia and Travis.
In addition to the well told stories, the settings are described beautifully allowing you picture yourself surrounded by the mountains and other beauty of Montana. The relationships between the town’s people and the Tanner family are great back drop for the story line and add to the small town feeling you get throughout the novel and series. All in all this is a fun read that deals with a couple of tough topics without taking away from the feeling of escape I often look for in a good romance novel. It is cheery and light hearted where it should be, leaves you holding your breath with suspense in the right spots and wraps all the ends up while giving you just enough information at the end to let you know that there is another romp in Lonesome Way, Montana coming soon. If you want a book with realistic characters, a page turning plot line and the perfect amount of seduction, pick up Larkspur Road by Jill Gregory. 
Angs Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
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