Dr. Melody Mayberry is an OB-GYN and a very good one. Unfortunately, she’s experienced her first loss of a newborn and is now filled with self doubt. She retreats for a couple of weeks to her sister’s in-law’s remote cabin to heal and reflect. Unfortunately, her firefighter brother-in-law Finn Matthews is already there. He’s recuperating from a serious accident that almost cost him his life and his injured leg is still not 100%. Neither is very happy about the situation they fear their family orchestrated.
I’ve waited to learn Finn’s fate for some time as it’s been about a year since his life-threatening accident on the job. I never imagined him with Melody who is not only suffering from the trauma of the loss of a baby in the OR but her own awful childhood (she and her two sisters have one doozy of a mother). It’s left her questioning her self worth and contemplating leaving town and her career. These two were in a bad place as Finn wasn’t sure he’d ever recover enough to return to the job he loved. Rather than have a group pity party, they decided to make the best of it, playing board games, watching movies and decorating the cabin for Christmas. It was a lovely bonding experience and I enjoyed seeing the two discover the best of each other.
While this was a slowly developing romance, it was worth the time it took to get there. Finn and Melody came to trust each other, sharing their deepest fears and inhibitions that no one else in their lives knew about. They healed each other in the process and created a foundation for a relationship they never saw coming or sought. I really enjoyed these two, their individual stories and the romance with a holiday background that just made it even more satisfying. And, it stands alone extremely well, which is a tough statement from someone who never reads out of order.
- Release Date: November 16, 2020
- Series: Shadow Creek, Montana #7
- Page Numbers: 156
- Publisher: Entangled – Bliss
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(Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)