ebook, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2013
by Harlequin MIRA
My Rating: ❀❀❀❀
Genre: Contemporary Romance
One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news
She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good.
Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm. She's always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn't been worked in years and she begins to fear it's too much, she'll have to return to town.
One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door...
He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud who offers to trade work for a few nights' shelter. Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose — her heart. And, although he doesn't yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.
I enjoyed this book even though Callie wasn't a character I had been really curious about in the first two Whiskey Creek novels. Her storyline wasn't as sad as I expected, but it was certianly touching in spots.
Callie knows she won't survive the summer. So she's starting to wrap up her life in some ways--take more artistic photos, sending time at the farm she's always loved. And her imending death allows her to be far more generous than she might otherwise have been. She now sees life as something to live to the fullest and she decides to help a total stranger because it seems not only like the right thing to do, but a way to ease the life of another. I admired her for that.
Levi has some skeletons in his closet, and although he's afraid to get too close to Callie, he can't help but want her. I really do wish the author had expanded on Levi's past and experiences in Afghanistan, I think it would have helped me connect with Levi more deeply, but he was a likable enough character.
You know what I didn't like? Callie's interfering friends. I had the same issue with this group of friends in Cheyenne's book. It's like they simply can't keep their noses out of their friends lives, and opinions to themselves. I was really annoyed when they staged an intervention to get Callie to talk about whatever was bothering her. I think friends ought honour each other's privacy and this group doesn't do that, nor do they voice their concerns appropriately. That's my pet peeve so far with this series anyway.
Overall, this was a well written story with a few steamier scenes and a happily ever after that was sweet and miraculous.