About the Book
When Reed Hamilton arrives in Lake Endwell for a family wedding, he expects to do his part as best man then head back to the big city. But when a a tornado postpones the wedding, the town is in shambles and Reed is injured. Thankfully maid of honor Claire Sheffield offers him one of her cottages to recuperate in. Dedicated to her family and her dream job at the zoo, Claire is all about roots. She's this city slicker's opposite, yet as they help the town rebuild, Reed is captivated by her stunning looks and caring ways. He can't ask Claire to leave the life she loves for him, but he also can't imagine ever leaving her behind…
This book was released in April 2015
This is a well loved library book that was reviewed
“Small-Town Bachelor” by Jill Kemerer is the first book of hers for Love Inspired and frankly I hope it is not the last for Ms. Kemerer. She drew this reader into the story from the get go and had me laughing at several different points. Then there is her unique way of describing things.
Frankly I rarely ever quote from a book and when I do it is usually only one quote, but this book has three memorable and I have to quote them for they were so different and priceless when I read them.
All quotes are from the larger print book:
- Page 8 ~ “He was hot enough to melt the ice sculpture sitting on second shelf of the walk-in freezer.”
- Page 199 ~ “get the heart paddles, women are collapsing”
- Page 281 ~ “That man could ignite a forest fire in the dead of winter."
Each of those quotes made me stop and laugh out loud for I had never seen anything like them before in describing a character before.
The story itself had moments of heart break that this reader couldn't help feeling, and humorous moments where I laughed out loud. The details of the story were balanced in such a way that I didn't feel overwhelm with pointless details, nor feeling as if I was not getting enough information to form a good mental picture. The details were enough to keep the story moving at a pretty good clip to where I didn't feel as if the story was stalling until the next step was taken. Okay honestly it seemed as if there was part of the story line that didn't move quickly but I think if it was rushed then it wouldn't have had the effect that it did on me.
Both Reed and Claire are so well developed that it was hard not to feel like I meet two new friends. These two friends, who were facing their own problems, are so sure they know what the truth is and not looking to change any of that. Through out the story there are little changes that one who is on the outside, like the reader, can see, sometimes really small changes while sometimes really big changes. If a couple of times it seems like a person is hit upside the head with the truth, and not the truth they were so sure of.
Claire is a woman who puts family first and then her dream job. Though those are the important things to her, she is also someone who is willing to help others without second guessing. Her heart is large, and her humor is visible to all. She is constantly thinking of others while working towards her goal. When things go south for her, she still finds something to smile about. That doesn't mean she is a Pollyanna for she isn't for she knows that there are something she just can't change and her temper flares a couple of times.
Reed is a man who is going places and knows where he wants to go. He is so certain about his life that it honestly clouded his view of life at times. When people need him though he does what he can to help out without thought. It is understandable for his actions to be honest at the beginning of the story for I think anyone under the same circumstances would be the same way.
After looking a bit more for Jill Kemerer it does look like there will be another story coming out in a few months and frankly I can't wait. I hope we see a whole lot more about Sheffield family for all of the siblings have really touched something inside of me because of their stories. Yes, in this story we learn a few details about the back-stories of a few of the siblings, and that is what has me hoping for all of them to find their happy ending.
This is a book that is really worth the read so go ahead and pick up the book to read, I can't see anyone being disappointed in this book.