A Season To Love – Nicole Deese – Waterfall Press – Published 2 February 2016
At this point in her life, bravery is not a trait Willa Hart would readily claim. She believes her seven-year-old daughter, Savannah, who never knew her father and successfully tackled chemotherapy, is truly the courageous one. Yet after Willa has a fateful encounter with handsome young doctor Patrick McCade, her outlook—and her view of herself—begins to change.
Patrick, a thrill-seeking world traveler and temporary resident of Lenox, Oregon, sets out to show Willa the value of adventure, even within her tiny town. But just when their friendship shows signs of turning into something more, Patrick’s life as a traveling doctor calls him back. Will his last days in town signal the end of their journey, or will Patrick and Willa find the courage to transform a single season into a lifetime?
This was the first book I have read by Nicole Deese but it certainly won’t be the last. She has a wonderful writing style that draws you into the story, connects you with the characters and mixes romance with humour in a way that has sparks flying and hearts melting.
Willa is struggling with anxiety and panic attacks. Her fear of what might happen clouds her every day and every decision. And her fear is pretty justified having lost a husband unexpectedly and then watched her seven-year-old daughter fight cancer.
Willa’s journey is very relatable and hit pretty close to home on some topics. Her story is one of strength and fear. When she meets Dr Patrick McCoy her first reaction is to question his ability to doctor her daughter. But he puts those fears to rest with his kindness, attention to detail and humour. When he challenges her to a series of courage-building adventures, Willa finds herself developing feelings for the handsome doctor. Patrick and Willa have some epic chemistry. The tension that builds between them is fantastic. As they work together to challenge Willa’s fears, they share some wonderful moments, but it’s the time they all interact as a family, Willa’s brother and his fiancée included, that I really loved.
In fact, all the characters in this book were loveable, especially Willa’s vibrant daughter Savannah. I particularly loved Willa’s interaction with Alex, a troubled teen she meets through work. Their relationship is very touching.
Faith is subtly woven into the story, with talk of God’s grace and love and prayer, and it works so well in this small-town story of love, bravery and family.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Christian contemporary.
Themes: Family. Children. Grief. Cancer. Bravery. Love.
Published: 2 February 2016 by Waterfall Press.
Format: Paperback, ebook, audiobook. 306 pages.