Friday, May 22, 2015

ARC Review: Love on a Spring Morning ( Pine Harbour #3 ) by Zoe York

Love on a Spring Morning by Zoe York

Duplicity. Desire. Denial. They were doomed from the start.

Ryan Howard has zero interest in the movie being filmed in Pine Harbour or the high maintenance stars staying in the cottages at the end of his lane. He's just barely holding on to the raw remains of his life and the fantasy world being concocted around him is, as far as he's concerned, a complete waste of time and energy. The one bright light in his life is an intern on the set, Holly Cresinski, and their quiet conversations at the end of the day on his back porch.

Holly hates her life, too, which is entirely unfair because she’s blessed beyond measure. She’s at the top of her career--as film actress, Hope Creswell--and surrounded by people that mean well. But Ryan makes her laugh, and cry, and before she can find the words to explain her deception, he kisses her.




After loving Love in a Small Town, I'm happy to dive into Love on a Spring Morning as I desperately want Ryan to find love again after the death of his wife.

We met Ryan Howard briefly in Book 1 and witnessed the unfortunate tragedy that befall his wife, Lynn. Ryan's life experienced a major shift and now he had to dedicate his time to be a full-time dad to his three growing kids. Three! It sounds seriously overwhelming, no wonder Ryan drove himself to hit the bottle every night.

Holly Cresinki, known by the public as Hope Creswell, is in Pine Harbor for the shooting for her upcoming movie. With her crew renting Ryan's in-laws cottage, she get to know the burly family man who happens to be her new short term neighbor. In order to forge a real friendship with Ryan, she decided to introduce herself as Holly and let him assume she is just a crew staff.

Before starting this, I'm feeling slightly reserved because I worried there will be too much grieving from Ryan's part. It might make it hard for me to believe he can move on if he was too hang up with his wife. I'm glad Zoe manage to convey his love for his wife without having it overshadowing his new feelings for Holly. Though I have to say Ryan was acting like an ass on a few occasion that left me feeling torn whether to smack him because he was so harsh to Holly or to cuddle him because I understand his heart is still a fragile little thing. 

I enjoyed seeing how these two individuals who are so different, one a local army guy that looks like a lumberjack and another is a big time celebrity, are able to find solace, acceptance and love in each other. 

"Knowing that I'm optional in your life... that's scary."
"You're not optional. I don't know how you'll fit... as a friend or more. But pushing you away hurt me as much as it hurt you."

Holly is a likable heroine, a famous girl who wish she can lead a normal life. I can understand why she was so drawn to Ryan, her cute lumberjack. Hah! I wish I can have a scene with Ryan wielding an axe. Woman should never be afraid of chasing what they want. So even though Ryan seems to have an awful lot of baggage to see what's in front of him, Holly never fail to make him realize she is always there for him. 

I felt that most of the book is about them unable to be together due to Ryan's situation and later his hang up about her true identity. Although I enjoyed their stolen moments, when they are away from the kids, I wish we can get more scene of them being together as a family. The epilogue is simply too short for me to understand the full extend of their future life. I hope is not too much for me to wish for a novella to see how's their life few years down the road fare.

Rating 3.5/5