She always followed the path of least resistance…until it leads her to a small town where she can follow her dreams.
When Emma Cantrell’s marriage imploded, she learned a fast and painful lesson about trusting her heart. Then, on a visit to Magnolia, North Carolina, to see her brother, an elegant, if dilapidated, mansion for sale presents the opportunity to start over. Risking everything on her dream of opening the Wildflower Inn, Emma buys the house…just as the storm of the century hits, severely damaging the structure. But a chance meeting with Holly, a bride-to-be in desperate need of a new venue, gives her hope…and the name of a contractor who’ll work fast and cheap, allowing Emma to repair the inn in time to host the wedding and save her investment.
A furniture builder who hasn’t picked up a tool in the five years since his wife died, Cameron Mitchell has no intention of agreeing to help this beautiful—and, he’d guess, entitled—woman insisting that he fix her inn. Until he learns that Emma was sent by Holly, the little sister of his late wife. Grudgingly, Cameron agrees to do the work, with one condition: that he be left completely alone. But the more time they spend together, the more Emma touches a part of his heart he was sure died long ago, forcing him to try making peace with his past.
Wildflower Season is the first book in the Carolina Girls Series and follows the story of Emma and Cameron. After her marriage falls apart, Emma finds herself in North Carolina to visit her brother. But, this visit brought Emma more than she ever planned for. A dream opportunity has presented itself and Emma can’t pass it up. However, her dream is quickly looking like a nightmare. Everything that could go wrong does. She only has one hope, and that’s Cameron….Cameron hasn’t picked up a tool since he lost his wife 5 years ago. The last thing he wants to do is help Emma. But, when he learns who sent Emma his way, he can’t turn her down….
Wildflower Season is a quick and easy read. This story had small-town romance written all over it and I couldn’t resist checking it out. I liked Emma and Cameron. They were total opposites that shouldn’t work at all, but somehow did. I liked the push between them and was curious to see where their story would go.
Now for the things that didn’t quite work. While I enjoyed all of the side characters, it was a little overwhelming. There is a lot going on in this story and a lot of people to try and keep track of. Also, while I totally dug the opposites attract vibe from Cameron and Emma, it was also a little unbelievable at times. Like I said before, they shouldn’t have worked together at all, yet somehow in the end, the just did.
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. This is definitely a read that I will categorize as one that works for some, but not others. Don’t get me wrong, this book has a lot of wonderful things going for it. It just felt unbelievable and overwhelming at times. Even though this book wasn’t a 100% hit for me, I’m still glad to have checked it out.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*