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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on February 26, 2019
Back in small town Blessings, George, where a town staggers under the force of a hurricane and other lesser events leading to pain, loss, healing, hope, and love for those who call this little place home. This was a second chances romance for a pair of people who experienced their fair share of loss and I was all in, cheering them on to finding their happy.
Forever My Hero is the seventh book in the Blessings, Georgia series. The characters are not exactly brand new, but their story is so this could be read standalone or out of order in a pinch. There are a lot of times that characters from previous books and even a sense that this one is connected to earlier events are present so I recommend starting from the beginning.
Alice and her children are finally back on their feet after her drug-addicted husband blew up their home with him in it and his angry family dumped her and her children into the middle of Blessings, destitute. Several in the town helped them survive and now she has a good job and a little breathing room. She even starts to enjoy it when handsome Dan Amos comes into the hardware for tools and materials to keep up all the rental properties he manages.
Dan, who lost his wife and and son, when a criminal tried to kill him in a car bomb and got them instead, is finally in a place where he can still feel his loss and yet look forward to life again particularly if it has Alice in it. When she is injured at work, he has the opportunity to come to her assistance, but when her daughter goes missing and then a hurricane hits, he becomes her hero.
This was a gently-paced heartwarming story. Dan and Alice are at the center of it all, but there are other stories swirling around them like Elliot the artist being attacked and nearly killed, the daring rescues during the hurricane, what eventually happens with Alice’s in laws, and the family of the man that attack’s Elliot. There is a sweet quality and an interwoven feel to the whole thing as it hops from head to head (and, yes, that was distracting). But, it also made me feel like I was getting the story of a town as a whole as they work together to survive and recover from a hurricane.
The romance was sweet and felt like a friends to lovers as it developed. Dan is so good with Alice’s teenage son and young daughter. It broke my heart that the little girl endured bullying because of the gossip about her family. I loved that Dan was there to help rescue them which helped him heal after he couldn’t save his first family. Dan and Alice were up front about their feelings and didn’t dink around. They talked through what they wanted and I loved that. So, good together.
All in all, this was one to curl up with on a cold afternoon and fall easily into the story set in the lovely community of Blessings. Those who enjoy gentle contemporary romances about people needing to catch a break and have their happily ever after with a pinch of spice should give this small town romance series a try.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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