Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
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.
A Reason to Love is an emotional story about friendship, finding yourself and moving on. When I found out who the hero was I about fell off my chair and have been waiting anxiously to read this third book in the series. I am happy to say that this book was all that I had hoped for.
Melanie Wolfe’s ancestors founded the town of Snowberry Creek many years ago and her family has always been pillars in the community. Along with her mother, they are now the only ones left of the family, her father died recently and she has come back to help with the business, Wolfe Millworks. She realizes that her father was close to going bankrupt yet he was still trying to maintain a reputation in town. While she tries to salvage the business she also has to deal with how the locals viewed her parents, like they could do no wrong.
While visiting the cemetery, she notices a soldier staring at Spence Lang’s grave, when she walks over to talk to him she realizes it is Spence Lang, the local hero they buried last year. The Army had notified Spence’s uncle Vince about the news but the news never made it any further. Spence is angry, he feels like his friends have stolen his life, he comes home to his best friend Callie about to marry his friend and Sergeant, Nick and the two are living in his house with another buddy Leif, it is just too much for him to handle so after a confrontation, he heads off to drown his sorrows when Melanie shows up to make sure he is alright.
I absolutely adored this book, the premise is great, hometown hero returning is a very exciting story, add in the fact that the town had his funeral a year ago and his best friends are getting married you get so much more that I ever bargained for, oh the emotion.
Even knowing that Spence had come back alive and well, I was still blown away when Melanie came upon him in the cemetery. The fact that he was so angry was confusing to me at first but as he explains his anger, I felt for him. I think he felt abandoned by the people in his life that he thought would never abandon him, yet he is not ready to hear the other side, about how devastated they all were when they thought he was dead. I like Spence; after he got through his stubbornness he is thoughtful and likable and he truly cares for his friends. He had to get past his hurt before he could move on and that took some time.
Melanie is another likeable character; she is also going through some hard times as she wades through her family business and her mother’s withdrawal. It was interesting how she put on a mask in public, never letting anyone see her break, it was not until an emotionally charged talk with her friend Callie that anyone saw her get angry or cry, and she was defending Spence. Melanie always liked Spence, had a secret crush on him when they were in high school but she does not really know him that well, I really thought it was telling that she would stay with him and not go to the wedding reception just to make sure he was safe. Spence and Melanie start out at friends, well it is more like they are comforting each other during a difficult situation but as they spend more time together they realize they enjoy each other’s company and that they are more alike than they realize. As friendship turns to passion their chemistry really clicks and the scenes heat up, they are perfect for each other.
The other characters create an emotionally charged story as they are pivotal to everything that his happening. Nick is the Sergeant that always felt responsible for Spence’s “death” and Leif’s injury,
Leif is Spence’s army buddy, Callie is the girl Spence felt he would come home to yet is marrying Nick. They all play a part in this book and the author weaves the tale very well.
This is a fast read because of the emotion and heartache; I kept turning the pages because I wanted to know how the story played out and how it ends. This is the third in the Snowberry Creek series and although we meet many of the characters that were featured in the first two books this can easily be read as a standalone. I am not sure if there are more books in this series but I would be happy to read them, there are several characters that could use a little bit of romance.
I give A Reason to Love by Alexis Morgan 4.25 stars!