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Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: A Reason to Love by Alexis Morgan





All roads lead home in Snowberry Creek…
After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.

Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.

As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family’s company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities…and love.
 
I am a really big fan of this series and even though I missed reading the second book I had no problems jumping back into Snowberry Creek. This is a solid and well written romantic with good secondary characters, continuity from book to book (although this would be fine as a standalone), and a landscape you feel you could just walk out into - all Alexis Morgan trademarks, amazing to find so complete in all of her books. At first I wasnt sure if I liked Spence but thanks to Melanie we see a much softer side to him and he loses some of the bitterness. Alexis Morgan is great at writing about the broken war hero and she does a fablous job with Spence.

Melanie is a great heroine,I liked that she fought for what she wanted and never lost hope that she could put her life back together as well as help Spence find happiness in his. I wish that there had been more interaction with Melanie and Callie but all in all I was very happy with everything in this book. As with all of the Snowberry Creek books this one deals with a lot of the issues that soldiers come back with after serving in a war. Alexis Morgan isn’t afraid to talk about these issues and show the struggle that not only the soldiers go through but what their significant others go through in trying to help them.

A Reason to Love is a multi-layered novel that will appeal to fans of romance, mainstream fiction, and family sagas.  Alexis Morgan exceeds her own high standards of excellence with a work that compares favorably with the best writers. The romance between the Spencer and Melanie feels genuine and touching, but the heart of the tale lies with the secondary characters who populate the sub-plots. I really enjoyed the novel and appreciate that some of the usual tricks were absent. If you read a lot, then read this novel. You will not regret it..