***ARC provided by the author in exchange for honest review***
Kandi Steiner has definitely held a tight grip on my heart since reading Weightless. When she came out with A Love Letter to Whiskey, it pretty much bumped her up on my Fave Authors list. Needless to say the anticipation for this book’s release was through the roof!
Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.
She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.
Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.
Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.
He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.
Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.
There are so many things to love about this story.
1. The characters. Not only do the main characters, Wren and Anderson, have solid back stories that endear themselves to the readers, but the secondary characters make up a huge bulk of why this story is just beautiful. With Momma Von as your resident small-town mother hen, Ron as the seeming town recluse with a painful past, and high school sweethearts Yvette and Davie with their charming lil Benjamin, it feels very much like coming home.
2. The local color. I love reading about stories set in such vibrant locations. This particular one is set in a small town called Gold Bar, just an hour outside of Seattle. The lazy summer afternoons tubing down the river, the view of the mountains from back porches, and annual pig roasts really bring out the charm of Gold Bar. If I had seen this on a travel brochure, I’d be the first to sign up!
3. The slow burn. I could just imagine Kandi Steiner treating Wren and Anderson’s story much like carefully slow-roasting a pig, making sure it’s seasoned with the right ingredients, meticulously watching over it while it turns into glistening golden perfection. I devoured it.
4. The sob session. Yes, I cried my guts out. It wasn’t just the little painful moments between Wren and Anderson, but also for Ron’s wisdom and Mamma Von’s surprise. Just pick up a copy and make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby. I promise, it’ll be cathartic.
5. The language. Like most Kandi Steiner stories, this is also brimming with lovely snippets worthy of future Thirsty Thursdays.
I could go on and on about this book, but it really wouldn’t do it justice. Do yourself a favor and indulge in this story, especially if you love two broken souls finding healing in one another.
Definitely another hit from Kandi Steiner.
Rating: 4 stars