My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Celia is in desperate need of a change--a change of scenery, a change of pace, and a complete redo of all relationships. Not knowing what else to do, she opens a map, closes her eyes, and lets fate decide her future. Then she packs her meager belongings and buys a one-way ticket to a little town on the fringes of Oregon's Deschutes National Forest called Sisters. She's wanted a family for years. Will she find one in Sisters? What Celia doesn't plan to find is a strange Chinese woman whose meddling ways keep throwing her in the path of a handsome, but reserved, forest ranger. But no matter how kind or dependable Silas seems to be, there are some things in Celia's past that neither of them can escape, and this time, the damage might be too much to mend.
My thoughts: This is not your typical love story. The pasts of Celia and Silas are full of heart break and tragedy. Both are in desperate need of love and acceptance and the question is, can they find it with each other?
Pearl is a matchmaker. She has been around a long time and has "magic" in finding the perfect match. Her search leads her to Celia for Silas. The prospective couple are awkward and uncomfortable around each other. You wonder how this match will work. There are also devastating secrets that have the potential to keep them apart.
You can't help but love Celia. The poor girl has had a very unhappy upbringing. When you think that things can't be worse for her, they become worse. She has longed for happiness and a family to call her own since childhood. She finally finds acceptance and kindness in Sisters, Oregon, but she is afraid. She is running from a past that can catch up to her.
Silas has his own problems. He is a loner. He has hidden himself away because of his stutter. He is afraid of rejection and ridicule.
This is a couple that you want to succeed and find happiness. It is a clean romance book with some powerful messages.
Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.