My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the author to review.
Genre: LDS Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Having been the class clown through most of her teenage years, eighteen-year-old Ashley Sweeney is ready to leave her family, friends, and reputation behind and start a new life in sunny California. But Ashley's determination to show her dad and stepmom that she can handle herself in the big wide world falls apart when she becomes the victim of a mean-spirited prank. To make matters worse, the one guy she never wanted to see again has come to her rescue.
Collin Nichols wanted to serve an honorable LDS mission from the time he was old enough to know what one was. But when the former high school football star's missionary service comes to a crashing halt, he's suddenly the most unpopular guy in Forest Meadow, the small LDS town he grew up in. Now, to avoid his parents' disapproval and awkward stares from people who used to be his friends, he gladly accepts Ashley's dad's plea to help him bring her home safely. If only he can get Ashley to see things his way . . . and if only he can forget the electric kiss they shared back in high school.
But getting home is only half the battle. Ashley soon is caught up in the craziness of college life and Collin is forced to stand on the sidelines and watch as she receives attention from a returned missionary who seems like the perfect match for her. But when an unexpected visitor from her past shows up on her doorstep, will she need to be rescued once again? And when the clouds finally lift, will they have formed a new love in their mist?
When the Clouds Lift is the first installment in Laura L. Walker's new LDS romance series, When Love Happens. Enjoy the beautiful setting in central Idaho as three friends find the love of their lives--for eternity.
My thoughts: This is a very sweet little romance. The characters are flawed and learn about themselves, the meaning of love, and healthy relationships. The book is one of forgiveness, forgiveness of self and of others.
Ashley is a young woman who has a hard time believing in herself, and because of this she makes some bad decisions. She is gullible, because of her need to be accepted and loved. She comes from a home where her mother passed away and now has a step-mother. She feels a little less loved and secure in her family relationship.
Collin was her high school crush. Now, he is her rescuer. I enjoyed reading about them stumbling through roadblocks to realize their feelings for each other.
The bottom line is this is a book with characters who do stupid stuff and then learn to forgive themselves and others. It has religious themes specific to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is clean with a little kissing.
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About the author: (Taken from goodreads) Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when Laura met her own hero and they eventually became the parents of six children. In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of two contemporary romances. Visit her at http://www.lauralwalker.com for updates and more.