I enjoyed this story. Alexis was easy for me to identify with as I am not very adventurous either. Gunnar's determination to help her see that she was best as herself kept me reading this book. This was my second trip to Whisper Creek and I will return. I highly recommend this book and series.
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my voluntarily given review.
Series: Echo Lake, #3
Publisher: St. Martin's
Published: August 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages
First off let me say that I wanted to like this book, I really did. I enjoyed the other books in the series that I have read and looked forward to another enjoyable read.
Unfortunately my OCD germaphobe issues got in the way and I had to DNF at about 29%. My personal "Ewww" was just too high.
See, our heroine and the 4 girls in her care are at a rustic summer camp. One that's not currently offering indoor toilets or running water. Yes, as in outhouses and bathing in the lake. Now, let me go one further and tell you that for many, many years this summer camp was an all boys camp. All I could think about was the fact that boys are known to urinate anywhere and everywhere and they were bathing in the lake.
First of all, whenever you get out of the water, any swimming type water, you should wash. With Soap and fresh water. And I don't care how much bio-safe soap you use, bathing in the lake is not really bathing. You are washing yourself where fish and other creatures live and potty. Don't try to tell me water from the tap is being pulled directly from similar areas. There are filters and such to keep most contaminates out. Plus let's not discount the many, many years of boys most probably peeing in that very same lake. Nope, nope, nope. Ewww, yuck, gross, blergh. *shudders*
Needless to say, I just couldn't keep going. I'm sure that for others, this is a non issue and are quietly laughing about my personal squicks. It's all good, I don't mind. :) I will definitely try another book (as long as they don't use the lake to bathe in), but I had to pass on this one.
St. Martin's and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
LOVE WILL FIND A WAY
Gabriela O’Brien is devoted to the girls at Briarwood Academy, the exclusive boarding school where she works—even when they screw up royally. Their latest prank has earned them an entire summer at a remote campground in Echo Lake, Vermont—no boys allowed. When the headmaster assigns Gabi to be their chaperone, how can she refuse? A long, hot summer with neither indoor plumbing nor wireless access might be just what she needs to get her own life in order… right?
Before Briarwood took over Camp Echo, Luke Magellan spent years there helping needy, troubled boys. He can do without four spoiled rich girls and their seemingly uptight den mother. It’s hard to hide his amusement as he watches them cope with collapsing tents and raccoon invasions. But it’s even tougher to resist the passion and strength he sees in Gabi—especially when he learns about her past, and sees how much she cares about her students. Is this destined to be just a grownup version of a summer-camp romance—or can they find enough in common to build a love for all seasons?
Heart Like Mine
Echo Lake, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Date of Publication: April 5, 2016
Number of pages: 364
ONLY LOVE CAN HEAL A BROKEN HEART
Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake’s Mercy Hospital, where she’s developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she’s assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she’s determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It’s not working.
Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high…but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each other’s hearts?
Don't miss Heart Like Mine, the second Echo Lake novel from Maggie McGinnis!
I have become a fan of Maggie McGinnis' work with A Cowboy's Christmas Promise and Snowflake Wishes. Always a sucker for a Christmas story, these works transcended the holiday and still managed to tell a great story. So when I was offered the opportunity to read another Echo Lake novel, I was all over it. And I wasn't disappointed. This time though, the setting was a small town hospital, specifically, the pediatrics ward.
I am going to straight up say, that I have no idea how true to life the story was in regards to doctor's and nurses working in a small town hospital. And you know what, I didn't care. Because in it the setting seemed idealistic, yet realistic, and just how I would want the pediatric ward to run if I had a young family member there. I also liked how both sides of the clinical versus clerical (ivory tower) were shown. There is a reason it takes both to keep things running smoothly in a hospital, as well as why both sides need to work together and have more open communication.
I liked Delaney from the beginning. She wasn't some cold fish that I had to warm up to, but a woman who had let fear guide herself for too long. Seeing her come out of her shell with the kids on the pediatric ward was touching. Delaney and Josh were great as a couple. They took their time getting to know one another, and it just worked for me.
Though I missed a book in the Echo Lake series, the book did a fairly good job of standing alone. This was a quick, fun read that still managed to tug on my heart strings. I gave this book 4 stars.
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review the book.