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Saving Laurel Springs is the third book in the Smoky Mountain Novel series by Lin Stepp that I have read Saving Laurel Springs is a stand alone novel but I would recommend reading the other books in the series as they are all so charmingAs with the earlier books I was uickly drawn into the story of Rhea and Carter whose families have long owned the Laurel Springs resort in the Smoky Mountains Life long friends Rhea and Carter had planned to attend college in California together But Rhea always found excuses not to go and Carter found a new life in California and married someone else When h Saving Laurel Springs is the third installment of A Smoky Mountain Novel series I have really enjoyed this series and this book did not disappoint It is a beautiful heartwarming and clean story and I highly recommend it 5 stars Love series Love this series Love the area she has Written about Keep writing about the smokers L9ve love love Rated 35 A camp assembly in the Great Smoky Mountains is the setting for the eighth novel of this sweet contemporary series with a heartfelt faith message woven within the romanceThe highlighted lesson behind this Christian story is forgiveness and it s honed beautifully by the end of the story How many of us harbor resentment for the past never releasing ourselves into the power of forgiveness SAVING LAUREL SPRINGS illustrates one woman s rather bumpy journey through bitterness ending with a rich new beginning that will touch our heartRhea Dean is an interesting character She had outhful dreams of moving to California with her best friend but sad circumstances kept her in the town where she grew up Now she spreads herself thin over the many tasks at the declining Laurel Springs Camp Assembly Grounds a vacation cabin and camping resort on a lake in the Smoky Mountains It s her persistent faith in the resort s potential that has held it together when times were tough over the ears her enthusiasm never tiring But she isn t happy even if Rhea thinks that she has moved on That s due to her resentment toward her childhood sweetheart who left to go to college staying away while advancing his career as a computer game developer leaving their shared dreams behind in Laurel SpringsBut did Carter Layman ever really forget We find out when he moves back to Laurel Springs as a widower bringing his six Pisco significa pajaro. year old son Taylor with him In the first few chapters Rhea and Carter unexpectantly reunite on the bridge where they shared their first kiss as teenagers Rhea is spitting mad at Carter even after all theseears but he also still has the ability to rile her passionEven though his wife has died Rhea can t forgive Carter for not only loving someone else but also forgetting her and their mutual goals Rhea can be very hateful and unlikeable at times Her resentment is often used as a shield for her heart that still cares even if she won t admit it Will her bitterness and inability to forgive cost her the happiness she deservesCarter wants to renew his friendship with Rhea the girl he never forgot Carter is home for good and wants to work on all the goals he once had for Laurel Springs using the money he s made from his very successful business while making a home for his son But will Rhea appreciate his efforts or resent them as an intrusion into the life she has built without himI enjoy Lin Stepp s books for their simplicity taking us down home into the lives of people who understand poverty hard work and a belief that life improves with faith Although there is an underlying mystery in this story I felt that it was hinted at enough to figure it out before the characters resolve it The suspense doesn t ratchet anxiety but gives the characters a wa. A charming portrait of the Smokies their people and a wonderful way of life Deborah Smith New York Times bestselling authorIn a heartwarming novel set amid the lush splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains Lin Stepp reunites two kindred spirits in a charming story of first love and surprising second chances See Einführung in die deutsche Sprache der Wissenschaften ya later and loveou forever Rhea Dean Those are the words Rhea's childhood sweetheart Carter Layman used to.
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Y to unravel their town s history The results were fun and it gave this couple time alone to reacuaint themselves with who they are todayOverall I enjoyed this book especially the ending which was surprising and made me smile at the characters sarcasm The faith message was especially well done which made the ending spiritual for me I did find a few repeated facts that seemed overdone in my advanced reader copy but those could have been smoothed over in final edits before publication I also wasn t always convinced of Carter s son Taylor s age because of his advanced dialogue that made him seem wise for his The Defense (Eddie Flynn years Since the repeated facts and the child s actions were related it was a uibble for me which probably wouldn t have been if they didn t coincide Even with that small bump I was engaged in the storySAVING LAUREL SPRINGS easily stands alone ifou haven t read any of the previous seven novels in the SMOKY MOUNTAIN series I enjoyed book seven MAKIN MIRACLES but I don t remember any connecting facts between the two books other than they re both satisfying stories based on nature and faith so I think Hai nhà you can easily start anywhere in this seriesLin Stepp s books embrace an innocence brimming with conversational dialogue that remind me of country life in the 60s placed within a modern day story The small town pace accentuated by nature is what draws me to Ms Stepp s novels full of nostalgia for an era lost but never forgottenIfou prefer sweet romance stories infused with Christian lessons along with vivid depictions of a beautiful natural setting then grab a copy of SAVING LAUREL SPRINGS on September 29 2015 and wander up the mountainside to relive those breathtaking views Review by Dorine courtesy of Romance Junkies and The Zest uest Digital ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley Carter has returned to Laurel Springs with his oung son hoping he can win Rhea s heart back after leaving 9 ears ago A Christian fiction that isn t preachy but has a church camp in the Smoky Mountains as a setting It is a perfect setting for this romance and we get a chance to catchup with the couples from previous books I enjoyed this story and look forward to visits to the Springs Ended too abruptlyAfter reading through the whole book it would have been nice to know about the wedding and first child and perhaps a glimpse of their future Why not add a couple of paragraphs to sum up their next few Falling Through Clouds years together It would have meant an extra star from me A special thankou to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Lin Stepp returns with another installment of her charming Smoky Mountain series with SAVING LAUREL SPRINGS a camp rental assembly resort with picturesue cabins in dire need of repair as well as those who own and manage the property Rhea and Carter s family has owned the Laurel Springs Resort in the heart of the Smoky Mountains for The Art of Acquiring years She has longed to fix up the resort with rental bikes washer and dryers new computers and updates to the assembly church and grounds with new euipment and gazebo by the lake however the money is not there to make the repairs They had planned to attend college together however it did not work out as Rhea found excuses and Carter moved to California and married someone else However when he returns to Laurel Springs Jeannie and the others want them to be friends so they can hang out Rhea is not so sure about those plans as those times were gone She thinks he is a traitor If it was not summer and the height of tourist season she would take off on a trip somewhere to avoid laying eyes on him He was a snakeShe hated him for what he did to her and how he hurt her Jennie must be crazy to thin. Say whenever they parted Not that she places much stock in words any After all Carter drove off to college in California promising to make a fortune to help save their families' vacation resort Instead he stayed there and married someone else It fell to Rhea to keep Laurel Springs going and she's done just that working long hours on the camp grounds buoyed by the beauty of her Smokies home Now a widower with aoun.
K she would want to buddy up to him and be chummy friends again They had grown up together had been best friends through childhood and sweethearts later onHe reeked of money was sophisticated and drove flashy cars Now he has a son Taylor the spitting image of Carter at the same age Now for their first meeting she is in her old work clothes and caught off guard Their dreams of saving the family vacation resort did not work out the way she planned She resents staying in the town and working while he moved on with another life Now he is back and says he is planning on staying with old unfinished dreams She knows it has been here all along so why come back now Will Rhea resent Carter using his money and wealth to try and come back to revitalize Laurel Springs and save the day If she really wants these changes why is she not happy However Rhea is bitter and has not thought about Carter s life She knows it probably cannot compare to his fancy adventurous life in California Did he really want her to come to California ears ago What really happened all those ears agoAs the summer moves on Rhea felt uncomfortable around Carter as they had revealed their hearts to each other and A Menagerie of Heroes yet she still found herself unable to let go of the past As the renovations continue and the excitement about the transformation and tourism heats up bringing fall retreats and workshops to Laurel Springs she thinks about the covered bridge and its traditions Can she get past her anger to move forward with a future Can she accept his son TaylorA heartwarming story of miscommunication love friendship when things are not always as they seem When selfish turns to selfless a story of second chances Lin Stepp always delivers a backdrop of beauty with her settings and well developed flawed characters for a life lesson and take away of the strong power of love Having read the other books in the series each can be read as a standalone howeverou will want to read them all I was not wild about Rhea s character however liked Carter she appeared to always blame someone else for her life Mr. Fix-It yet not doing anything to change her circumstances Fans of Susan Wiggs and her Lake Chronicles will enjoy the camp setting light romance friendship family and special memories I have worked and stayed at similar properties and enjoy the nature and cabins as a way to recharge read with great hiking cycling and waterfallssoothing for the soul especially in the autumn my favorite time of theear Looking forward to the ninth book in the series Welcome Back while revisiting with with familiar characters coming next spring Set in Maggie Valley area have spent some time visiting in the area with fond memories as a child JDCMustReadBooks 375 I m always on the look out for a second chance romance This was a cute one focusing on two childhood best friendssweethearts that were separated in college and are brought back together again almost a decade later There s uite a bit of unresolved hurt between them and I m always a fan of that angst Also I had no idea it was Christian fiction until I was than halfway through it so there s no smut Not gonna lie and say I didn t miss it but it was still a good book As a native of the Great Smoky Mountains area I LOVED reading a sweet story set in our beautiful landscape Lin Stepp respects detail and she respects readers I appreciate a romance that doesn t stoop to illicit scenes and as a Christian I admire Lin for openly sharing God s grace through her characters Mothers daughters sisters and friends will enjoy Saving Laurel Springs uick great readFirst of this series for me Great characters nice settings just enough plot to keep ou reading I will look for when I want a uick escape. G son Carter has achieved huge success as a games developer But he always planned to return to the spring fed lake and the soaring mountains to the covered bridge where he and Rhea made wishes and traded kisses He's coming home to turn Laurel Springs into the place they planned to build together And as he reveals the truth about his past Rhea must decide whether to trust in the man and the dreams she's never forgott.