When Ben Campbell returns home to Hazard, Kentucky after a five-year absence, the last person he’s expecting to run into is the girl who broke his heart – the girl who left town and married someone else. He’s done his best to move on, but he knows he’s only been going through the motions of living. Determined to exorcise Ainsley’s ghost, he approaches the young widow with an offer for a steamy liaison to do just that.
Ainsley Brewer Scott carries a lot of weight on her shoulders, weight that’s left deep emotional and physical scars. Her dreams of an everlasting love with Ben were dashed thoroughly, thanks to her malicious and conniving mother. Back in town to wrap up the old woman’s estate, Ainsley’s world is turned upside down when she sees Ben. And when he propositions her, he lights a match to her temper that flames into a burning attraction just as strong as what they shared years earlier.
When the truth behind Ainsley’s leaving comes out, the long-held secrets shatter the fragile trust they’ve started to build. She and Ben have to decide to either walk away from each other for the second time or stand together and fight for their future.
We’re back with the Campbell clan.This time it is Owen and Sarah’s son, Ben. This story plays out at the same time as John and Zanny’s story. Well, mostly during that time. There are tidbits of John and Zanny’s story in this, but not much, or enough to really ruin that book for you. Though, I do suggest reading these in order. OK! That being said, let’s get on with Ben and Ainsley. They met and they had one amazing summer right around the ages of 18 and 19. But something really bad happened and deliberately placed untruths tore them apart. The bulk of this story occurs five years later, when they both happen to be in Hazard, KY for different reasons.
First off, we get to see Sarah and Owen, and these two steadfast people are amazing parents. I hope to be as wonderful to my adult son as they are to their children. Which I know is insane since they’re fictional characters, but there’s truth, even in fiction, and these two were modeled after someone, or several someones. ANYWAYS! I digress. We see John and Zanny, Emma, Rachel, Eliza, Amelia, Noah, Eli, and Rick. OH, and we get to meet Sydney. We’re also clued in on part of the next book. BUT I won’t be giving that one away. How to put into words just how awesome these stories are. Each one of them is technically paranormal, but in such a gentle and subtle way. And Ben is just as different as his family, but so different from his family. And each time they have to break this secret out to their loved one for the first time, my breath catches, because what if they don’t accept them. Strange, I know, but that’s how well these books are written.
Ms. Haddix’ story of life on that mountain just outside of Hazard is mystical and filled with wonder and magic, no less spectacular than Harry Potter or any other work of high fantasy. The use of subtlety to bring into our own existence such unusual proclivities is awesome. And I also love that it isn’t something so easily acceptable by those who don’t really know about it. BUT because of the magic that is the “holler”, it’s allowed to exist and it’s given the possibility. So would I recommend this third book in series? Yes, I do. 😀
T. L. Haddix is the author of several series, including the Shadows Collection (Romantic Suspense), Firefly Hollow (Romance with light, folklore-paranormal elements, set in Appalachia), Sunset Motel (Erotic Romance, writing as Mallory Love), and the I. Ronik series (parodies, written as I. Ronik). She’s a self-described eccentric, somewhat reclusive stick in the mud who lives in Eastern Kentucky in a log cabin with her husband and their cat-children. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, and being short, and if she gets brave, she’ll soon add chicken-owner to the list.
She writes books about characters who are flawed but who somehow still manage to overcome the challenges thrown in their paths and reach for happiness with their soul mates. And while she can’t tell a joke in the real world to save her life, she tries to inject her characters’ lives with quirky, unintentional humor that surprises readers at just the right moment.
You can contact her through her website, http://www.tlhaddix.com, which contains links to all her books and a very boring blog.