This is a sweet romance. Ella Martin has a passion for communities, preserving them, invigorating them. Of late, she wonders if she has lost touch with what she wants for her life. Then her world is turned upside down when her father and stepmother are in an automobile accident. A load of logs had crushed their car. Her father was in danger of losing his leg.
Enter Tony Black. It was his load of logs that had been dislodged. Owner of a multi-million dollar development company, he steps in to help the Martins, providing air transportation and a special surgeon to save Mr. Martin's leg. He and Ella meet and electricity sizzles between the two.
Ella goes back to Green Pines, the small town her mother urged her to leave, to help care for her father. There she again sees Tony. His mother had been a Green Pines girl who found success as a model in the big city. He has inherited his grandfather's rural family home and is building a log cabin on the property.
Ella and Tony were made for each other but the budding romance does not go well. Tony is the owner of the development company Ella most recently protested. Ella's sister, a high class lawyer, is determined the family sue Tony. Misunderstandings on both sides makes it look like any future between Ella and Tony is doomed.
The characters in this novel are great. Ella has a passion for community and she is known nationally for her work. Her passion goes ahead of her rational thinking sometimes, getting her in a bit of trouble. Green Pines is dying and she is more than happy to take up the challenge of revitalizing it. It gives her a new focus for her life. Tony is really a very compassionate guy. He is on a needed break from his high stress business to enjoy his grandfather's rural property. Both Ella and Tony are really nice people. I kept hoping that those misunderstandings would get cleared up so they could get together!
The story line is great too. Can a woman who protests development find romance with a developer? Can a dying community be rejuvenated? Can a family hold together when members are at odds with each other? A great story all around.
Milou Koenings writes sweet romances because they bring joy to the world and make it a better place. She has lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist. You can find out more about her and her work at http://www.miloukoenings.com/.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author for an independent and honest review.