Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

This week's review is Nightingale Way by Emily March.

BlurbDark, brooding Jack Davenport hides his secrets well, never telling his wife about the dangers of his job, never sharing his thoughts or worries . . . never sharing himself. After tragedy strikes, their marriage shatters. Now a threat to Catherine Blackburn’s life brings her back into his—and gives them a second chance.

A reporter whose most recent investigation has ignited a national controversy and put her in harm’s way, Cat thinks she can handle herself. So when Jack grabs her off the street and sweeps her to his home above Eternity Springs, she’s furious.

In the warm sanctuary of the Eternity Springs community, Jack and Cat face the heartache that drove them apart. But can they find the courage to pick up the pieces of a shattered love?

ReviewFirst I'd like to point out that this book is part of the Eternity Springs series. You don't have to have read the prior books in the series as this book works well as a stand alone, but I'd recommend reading them because all of them are wonderful. I'm actually reading them out of order. The first book I picked up in the series was Reflection Point which is quite a ways into the series. I enjoyed it so much I've gone back and found the other books in the series.

On to the review - Jack and Cat married young and suffered a loss that destroyed their marriage. Approximately nine years later they're thrown together again when Cat's home is firebombed due to an investigative piece she wrote about a dog fighting ring involving politicians and celebrities. Knowing Cat won't let him help her or keep her safe, Jack kidnaps her and takes her to his home in Eternity Springs.

Once they are thrown together on a daily basis they come to realize there were a number of things that led to the demise of their marriage. Jack wants to try again, having always loved Cat. Cat, however, is afraid and wants to take things slow. As far as she's concerned things haven't changed from what they were before - Jack still has a job that will always come first, that he can't or won't talk about, and that puts him in danger. In some ways, Cat still blames Jack for not being there when she needed him most.

As they spend more and more time with each other and working together on the local newspaper, they begin to see each other without the filter of past hurts. They begin to talk about the past, each opening up to the other about their feelings related to the tragedy that ended their marriage. This allows them to heal and finally grieve as one over an unimaginable loss. Cat learns that things weren't what they seemed back then and she opens her heart and mind to the possibility of a life with Jack.

As this is a romance novel, we all know they end up together. I don't want to do a bunch of spoilers, but will say this book was wonderfully written and the scenes where Jack and Cat discuss their loss were truly touching. If you haven't read anything by Emily March, pick up one of her books. You won't regret it.

Rating: 5 Stars

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