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Crossing Hope by Kimberly Kincaid
Series: Cross Creek #4
Published by Self-Published on October 15, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicity team
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Marley Rallston would rather be anywhere other than too-small-for-a-map-dot Millhaven, Virginia. But thanks to a heap of debt, what was supposed to be a quick trip to fulfill her mother’s dying wish has turned into an extended stay with the family she never knew she had and the father who never wanted her. To top it off, now she’s being forced to do community service with the town’s biggest bad boy, when all she wants to do is make enough cash to get out of Dodge? Life can’t get much worse.
The only thing Greyson Whittaker cares about is his family’s farm. He’ll do anything to keep Whittaker Hollow in the black, including live up to his rough, tough reputation by running the place by himself, no matter the cost. Mandatory community service with the daughter of their biggest rival is the last thing he wants or needs. But the more time Greyson and Marley spend together, the hotter their attraction burns, and the more the unlikely pair begins to realize that forbidden fruit just might taste the sweetest…
I am really loving this Cross Creek series. The first three books were about the Cross brothers, and the farm. They all work the farm with their father. Some of them have other interests and this plays out over the series. Crossing Hope brings many new changes, including a long unknown Cross sister.
Marley seems too abrasive to me initially, as did Greyson. It’s interesting to get past that outer shell to the real people. They are forced to spend time together which results in them getting to know each other and even develop some understanding, And chemistry. I like the way they slowly develop.
This world with lots of farming is comforting to me, even though I grew up in Iowa where there aren’t as many fruit trees or other fruits and vegetables as in this story. The small town prejudices and bending of the rules is rather accurate.
In the end, I enjoyed Marley’s questioning of the prejudice and status quo. She does a good job of looking at facts instead of emotions – for everyone except herself. Isn’t that the way it always is? But she figures it out and it brought some real tears when she faces reality. Thankfully, Marley is a strong enough person to pick herself up and go forward.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge