cover image Heartsong Cottage

Heartsong Cottage

Emily March. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99 mass market (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-07296-2

The delightful and uplifting 10th Eternity Springs contemporary (after Teardrop Lane) transmutes heartache and loss into love and hope. Shannon O’Toole is ready to get some rest and perhaps put down roots in the warm and embracing community of Eternity Springs, Colo. With good friends and economic security, she desperately hopes that the terrifying and unrelenting demons from her past will leave her in peace. Daniel Garrett, a PI who finds missing children, continues to grieve the devastating deaths of his son and wife 10 years earlier, but visiting Eternity Springs soothes his soul. When Shannon and Daniel meet at a wedding, the attraction is instantaneous, electric, and profoundly meaningful. As their lives continue to intersect and their relationship hits some unexpected bumps, Shannon and Daniel must decide whether their faith is stronger than their fears. As with March’s earlier entries, lovable and well-developed secondary characters add depth and humor. Shannon and Daniel’s romance is believable and combustible, and the plot contains more than enough twists and turns to keep the story real and satisfying. Agent: Meg Ruley, Rotrosen Agency. (Nov.)