Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.
New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.
Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.
Reading this book set in the town of Deep Haven was like visiting an old friend. This is the first book in the Christiansen series but not the first book set in Deep Haven.
This book revolves around two couples: Darek & Ivy and Jensen & Claire.
Darek and Ivy. Their story was the main story. I can't forget to add in Darek's son, Tiger! What a kid! I enjoyed their story but it felt a bit rushed. I guess it was a fast growing love... They didn't have much time to get to know one another, but I appreciated the way the author ended the story with this in mind.
Jensen and Claire. Theirs was the side story but I found myself eagerly waiting to read more about them. They had history which made their relationship believable and heart-warming. I found myself rooting for Jensen from the beginning. I loved the way the love story came together for Jensen and Claire.
The resounding theme for this book was forgiveness. And there was a lot of forgiving to be done. But then again, we all need forgiveness.
I can't wait to read next book of this series! I hope I can get my hands on it soon!