Her Hopes and Dreams by Terri Osburn (Ardent Springs #4)

her-hopes-and-dreams-by-terri-osburnAvailable: November 15, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Montlake Romance

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

As a newly single mother, Carrie Farmer isn’t quite ready to jump back into the dating pool in Ardent Springs—especially since her last marriage was such a disaster. But if anyone could entice her to wade in a bit, it would be her hunky neighbor, Noah Winchester. He’s the perfect man: strong, protective, and smoking hot. But her eyes have deceived her before, and she’s no longer willing to hand over her heart so easily.

After completing several tours in the Middle East, Noah returns to his hometown a very different man. The former soldier’s plan to rest and relax is soon waylaid by the intriguing woman next door and her heart-stealing little girl. Something—or someone—put shadows in Carrie’s lovely eyes, and he’s determined to clear them away. But when hidden demons can no longer be ignored, the couple gets a reminder from an unexpected source that love truly can conquer all.

Her Hopes and Dreams tells the story of Carrie Farmer, a domestic abuse survivor and single mother. Carrie is trying to get a shelter built in her small Tennessee hometown as to help other abused women have a place to go when they decide to leave their situations.

Noah Winchester is a Army veteran who is recently discharged, trying to function with PTSD. Trying to lay low and deal with his problems on his own, he moves in next door to Carrie. Noah wants nothing to do with his neighbor until she comes banging on the door one night demanding he isn’t so loud as he keeps waking her baby.

Noah and Carrie had a very uncertain start to the beginning of the relationship. Noah was friends with Carrie’s husband, who just so happened to abuse his wife. Prior to knowing what Patch did, Noah was very unhappy with Carrie and let her know every chance he got. He thought she was sleeping around on her husband and that her little girl was probably not the daughter of the man he knew. Carrie was disgusted at the fact that Noah thought so little of her. When the two of them were thrown together working to build the shelter Carrie thought the town so desperately needed, all bets were off.

This book really tells the tale of two people finding themselves while falling in love with each other and what they both needed to heal. However, I did not like how quickly Carrie jumped right into the relationship with Noah. After all the nasty things he had said to her, it seemed her feelings toward him changed overnight. It was as though they were one big happy family almost immediately.

Her Hopes and Dreams is a book about PTSD and domestic abuse. In my opinion, it was just ok. I was a little put off by such a quick jump into the relationship and I felt the hero was just a little too rough for my liking. I did not read any of the other books in the series and I honestly don’t know that I will.

I give Her Hopes and Dreams (Ardent Springs #4) by Terri Osburn 3 stars!

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